Posted on 8/20/2014
Hot-water heater service

Heat pump water heaters can condition your air as well as heat your water. How they do this, however, is a mystery to most people who are not plumbers. Read on to gain some understanding in how heat pump water heaters work.

Mechanics
Heat pump water heaters are very efficient because they move heat from place to place rather than create it. These appliances heat a tank of water using heat from the air using similar mechanics to a refrigerator. When the heat pump water heater pulls heat from the air, it adds even more heat before depositing it into the tank, where it heats the water. This provides much greater efficiency than a conventional electric resistance water heater.

Location
Heat pump water heaters need to be installed in certain conditions in order to operate effectively. First, you will need to find an area that consistently stays between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also need an area that has at least 1,000 cubic feet of air space in addition to the heater. Be sure to keep them out of cool spaces because they will likely cool the area where they are installed, and they cannot operate appropriately when the temperature is too low. A good location for your heat pump water heater would be a furnace room.

Season
Certain types of heat pump water heaters change the way they function based on the time of year. When you use a geothermal heat pump and desuperheater, heat will be drawn from different areas depending on the season. Heat will be taken from the ground during the winter months of the year and from the air inside your home during the summer. The heated water is then moved to your storage water heater tank.

If you are not a plumber and would therefore like to learn more about how heat pump water heaters work, talk to the plumbing professionals at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We provide the Libertyville area with a variety of residential and commercial plumbing services. For more information about our plumbing business, please feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (847) 549-9600.