My existing 24 year old electric water heater was on its last legs and as the single largest electric load in my house, I knew I wanted to replace it with a new, efficient model. Its location in my unfinished basement meant that I needed a new one that would not only be efficient, but also fit in a tight space without having to do much plumbing re-work. Reading up on the latest generation of heat pump water heaters led me to settle on the Air Generate 50-gallon unit because it required minimal plumbing re-work to install, had one of the highest EF ratings for an electric water heater currently available, and came with a duct connection so I could direct the cold exhaust air outside. Since it was installed last winter, I have never run out of hot water even with back-to-back showers, I have been able to turn down the hot water temperature because the tank loses very little heat compared to my old tank, and as a result our electric bills have been almost cut in half. It’s extremely quiet, has different operating modes to turn it off when I’m on vacation, and is a completely stainless steel tank so I’ll be sure it lasts for a very long time. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, and the addition of state and federal tax credits helped to make my choice even easier.
Nicholas O’Neil, P.E., LEED® AP