Homeowners in Tampa and Tarpon Springs are reaping the rewards of installing hybrid water heaters in their homes. Simple to use and easy to program, hybrid water heaters can save you money while still delivering an ample supply of hot water for your showers, laundry, dishwashing, and other needs. As energy bills continue to rise throughout Florida, hybrid water heaters provide an effective solution to keeping utility bills from rising without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
What Is a Hybrid Water Heater?
Hybrid water heaters combine the best elements of a traditional water heater with the advantages of a tankless heater. Hybrid heaters circulate surrounding hot air and transfer it to the water within the tank. When demand is high, the unit uses electrical resistance heat to heat the water. This results in maximum energy and operational efficiency. Hybrid water heaters can be programed to meet your needs, and many include vacation timers and other settings that allow you to reduce energy usage during those times when you are away from home.
How Much Do Hybrid Water Heaters Cost to Install?
Hybrid water heaters are more expensive than traditional water heaters; however, the initial cost is easily made up through monthly energy savings. Installation of the water heater requires placement in the warmest area of the home, which is typically the furnace room, garage, attic, or other dry indoor area. This is essential because the unit requires warm air for efficient operation. When it comes to installation, the process is very similar to the process required to install a traditional water heater, which means that it won’t take any longer to complete the process.
Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing at 813-980-3353 to learn more about hybrid water heaters. Our team members in Tampa and Tarpon Springs will answer your questions and help you decide which hybrid water heater is best suited for your needs.
Why Switch to a Hybrid Water Heater?
Your water heater is one of the largest consumers of energy in your home. It operates every day of the year which means that you need to be able to depend on it for efficient, effective operation. Of course, you don’t need it all the time which means that much of the energy consumed by traditional water heaters is wasted. Conversely, a hybrid water heater only operates when it is needed. This saves energy and makes a significant dent in your monthly utility bills. It is estimated that over the operational life span of a hybrid water heater, a family of four can save $3,500 or more in utility expenses.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater
Water heaters are strong and durable, but they don’t last forever. Most traditional water heaters have an operational life span of just over 10 years. And, like most machines, your water heater will indicate that the time for replacement is coming near.
Rust-colored water is a common symptom. It indicates that the tank is rusting from the inside out. In some cases, the rust may lead to leaks that are easily detected by visually inspecting for puddles on the floor. Another common sign is that the water heater is not generating sufficient hot water, or the water is coming out lukewarm. Finally, the water heater may emit strange sounds or smells when operating.
Contact Ben Franklin Plumbing at 813-980-3353 to discuss the advantages of a hybrid water heater replacement with our team. We’ll give you the honest answers you can depend on for your home.