A heat recovery unit can recover heat and
save money on any type of air conditioner or heat pump.
Fiction – Some say that the newer high SEER air conditioners
don’t have enough heat to recover. To this we say that
all air conditioners still have to
reject the heat from inside to outside, 12000 BTU for
every ton of capacity. SEER does not change that, it
only refers to the amount of electricity used to do
it. As a matter of basic physics, a new high SEER 5
ton air conditioner and a 20 year old 5 ton air conditioner
still have to move the same amount of heat from indoors
It’s true that the temperatures are a little lower,
but set up correctly you will still be able to recover
plenty of heat to lower your water heating costs. With
the newer AC systems it is a little more important
to use a preheat tank, which is and has always been
our recommendation for all heat recovery unit applications,
with new or old air conditioners alike. It's
also the best way to install any renewable energy water
heater, solar or otherwise.
Fiction – Some say it will void the manufacturers warranty.
We have asked every major manufacturer if our heat recovery
units will void their warranty. Not a single one says
it is a problem. Don’t ask the local dealer or distributor
– ask the manufacturer (who actually issues the warranty).
Or just download and read the warranty and see if if
voids the warranty for 3rd party parts or modifications.
You will save money with a heat recovery unit. Depending
on your usage patterns and location, you may get 50%
to 99% of your water heating for free. Free water heating
is available to all users of air conditioners or heat
Questions about saving money and energy
with heat recovery? Give us a call.
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