ENERGY ADVISER: HEAT PUMP WATER HEATERS MAY BE OPTION
Vancouver homeowners Jenica and Dan Baxter like to call the heat pump water heater in their garage “The Terminator.”
“With a computer on top and its larger size, I expect it to start talking to me one of these days,” Jenica Baxter said about the high-tech water heater, which has been in place for about a year at their house. Basically, the Baxters like the device.
“Nobody’s had a cold shower, yet … that’s something that used to happen,” she said. “We kind of forget we have it.”
Heat pump water heaters work in the same fashion as a regular heat pump heats your house, said DuWayne Dunham, an energy counselor for Clark Public Utilities.
“They transfer heat from ambient air through a reverse-refrigerant process to heat water,” Dunham said. “The technology works to hold down electrical power use and related costs.” Read full article.