AirTap Products Impress Industry Leaders at ACEEE Hot Water Forum

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AirTap hybrid water heaters that use energy-efficient heat pump technology have undergone several successful tests by leading industry organizations like NEEA and NREL. Some of these results were shared with industry experts at ACEEE Hot Water Forum last month.

AirGenerate announced today that the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) recently tested the AirTap hybrid water heater. NEEA shared the results at the ACEEE Hot Water Forum, a top draw event in the industry, held in Berkeley last month.

According to NEEA, the AirTap hybrid is the first heat pump water heater that NEEA has tested which provides high efficiency heat pump operation down to freezing temperatures. The Northern Climate Specification for Heat Pump Water Heaters includes numerous requirements in addition to ENERGY STAR criteria to ensure reliable energy savings in real world applications in colder northern climates.

“New technologies are critical to meeting the Northwest’s long-term energy needs. AirGenerate has been very responsive to the stringent requirements in the Northern Climate Specification, and we continue to work with them to help ensure that their products will achieve energy savings in the Northwest,” says Jeff Harris, Director of Emerging Technology for NEEA.

AirTap hybrid water heaters use heat pump technology. According to Energy Star, it is the most efficient way to heat water – more than tankless and solar. AirTap hybrid models are available as 50 gallon or 66 gallon configurations. Both models include stainless steel tank, auto-defrost system, a duct for exhaust air, and industry-leading efficiency of 2.4. There is also an AirTap add-on model that can convert any existing water heater tank to an energy-efficient one. It won the hot water contest at last DOE Solar Decathlon. AirTap products are manufactured by AirGenerate, a pioneer of heat pump water heaters based in Houston, Texas, USA.

NEEA is a non-profit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet future energy needs. They are supported by, and work in collaboration with, the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers.

The key elements of Northern Climate Specification for Heat Pump Water Heaters include energy-efficiency over a wide range of conditions, fail-safe operation in freezing temperatures, ducting of cold exhaust air, and management of condensate.

Rick Pal, President at Air Generate, commented "We appreciate all the test results from energy-efficient leaders like NEEA and NREL. Validations like these are critical for new technology. We look forward to working with these and other organizations to promote heat pump water heaters to consumers looking to cut their energy costs."

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