Heat pump water heaters are the talk of the town. They are a smart, energy-efficient and easy- to-install solution especially for homes where a traditional rooftop solar water heater may not be suitable.

With ever-increasing energy costs, a heat pump can be a welcome addition to your home as it will help reduce the amount of energy you need to heat water. It works like an air conditioner on a reverse cycle as it uses the energy in the surrounding air to heat water.

If you’re considering a heat pump water heater, here are five reasons why you should make the switch:

1. Easy replacement for an electric water heater

Replace your old electric water heater without fuss. The Rheem AMBIHEAT® Heat Pump often uses existing electrical and plumbing connections, making for an easier and hassle-free replacement to enjoy renewable hot water no matter if cloudy, rain or shine.

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A heat pump water heater is a good replacement for an electric water heater.

2. Eligible for Government Incentives

Heat pumps are eligible for government incentives that help reduce the upfront cost of installation.
The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) is a Federal Government scheme. You can take advantage of financial incentives known as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) for switching from an electric or gas to a heat pump system.

How much you can save depends on your location and how much energy your new heat pump will displace.
Also, some states have their own incentives you could use in addition to STCs for a heat pump installation:

  • New South Wales: Energy Savings Scheme (ESS)
  • Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU)
  • South Australia Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS)

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3. efficient option

Coefficient of Performance (COP), a measure of efficiency, is measured by dividing the energy output by the energy input. The Rheem AMBIHEAT® Heat Pump has a COP of 4.5¹. This means that the heat pump supplies 4.5 times as much heat energy to the water as it consumes in electricity.

4. Save up to 73% on your hot water energy consumption

The savings don’t stop at installation. If you replace your electric water heater with a Rheem AMBIHEAT® Heat Pump, you could save up to 73% on your hot water energy consumption².

Given hot water makes up around a quarter of an average Australian household’s energy usage, switching to a heat pump can make a positive difference to your energy consumption.

5. Never be stuck without hot water

A quality heat pump will have a backup heating element to ensure you are never left without hot water. Rheem AMBIHEAT® has a 2.4kW element that kicks in to provide you with hot water even in freezing conditions.

For extra peace of mind, you can activate the manual heating mode if the system stops working for any reason. This means you will stay in hot water until the unit is serviced.

Looking to make the switch to a heat pump water HEATER?

If you’d like more information about the Rheem AMBIHEAT® Heat Pump or to get a quote, contact Rheem today.

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  1. The Coefficient of Performance (COP) for a heat pump is the ratio of how much useful heat it produces for water heating to the power input into the water heater. The higher the COP number, the more efficient the heat pump A COP of 4.5 was measured under test conditions with an ambient air temperature of 19˚C/15˚C (Dry Bulb/Wet Bulb), heating of the water from 15˚C to 60˚C during water heater operation and a power supply of 240 V~ 50 Hz.
  2. Energy savings of up to 73% are based on Australian Government approved TRNSYS simulation modelling using a medium load in Zone 3 and apply when replacing a storage electric water heater of similar size with a Rheem 551270 Heat Pump water heater. Any savings will vary depending upon your location, type of water heater being replaced, hot water consumption and fuel The impact on an electricity account will depend on the tariff arrangement of the water heater being replaced and where you live.

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