Heat pump, ground source, 3D illustration. Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Studio Harmony
Your boilers are overheating and your bills will probably explode at the end of this month of February … It is difficult for certain regions to exceed 0 ° C … It sets, it is a reality! When it comes to heating, we all use a water heater!
Whether electric or gas, it heats the water but does nothing else. This could change with the advent of heat pump water heaters, explains the Bloomberg website. These devices would store heat and save money … It must be said that with endless increases in energy, heating soon becomes more expensive than eating. One way to make our homes consume less energy?
In order to reduce the carbon footprint, it is essential to favor renewable energies. But solar or wind power is often powered by electricity when the climatic conditions on which they depend are not optimal.
The heat pump water heater is then presented as an economical alternative to these uses of fossil fuels. The system is not new, but it is making a comeback in the United States in particular. The state of California intends to replace old water heaters with those equipped with a heat pump.
but how does it work?
The heat pump (or thermodynamic) water heater works like an inverted refrigerator. The bomb captures the calories from the atmosphere and transfers them to the balloon containing the water. If this system saves people money, it is also a boon for the environment. Water heaters work like batteries that store and restore energy without pumping from the grid.
In the case of solar energy, the heat pump water heater can use this energy during the day … and thus heat the water at night when the sun no longer acts on the accumulator. Hot water can be stored in these tanks for 12 hours … Enough time for heating to take place only during the day. In California, this system could reduce the national carbon footprint by 70% according to this study.
By digging a bit, it is even possible to achieve self-consumption! When combined with solar panels and batteries (also solar), the water heater stores electricity and reduces your energy bills to nothing … Could it then be the water heater of our near future?