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Posted: Nov 24, 2011

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.

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What are Tiers?

Energy efficiency levels and features of heat pump water heaters vary by product tier. Higher tier products have greater efficiency and the more advanced product features.

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The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater.