Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact us.  We’re here to help.

Hybrid Water Heaters

Heat pump or hybrid water heaters transfer heat from the surrounding air to the water and will produce cool, dry exhaust air. Today’s heat pump water heaters have the ability to run in only heat pump mode for the most energy efficient usage or in conventional electric resistance mode. When operating in heat pump mode, heat pump water heaters do not heat water as quickly as conventional electric resistance water heaters, particularly when recovering after significant usage. Consequently, to maintain performance, heat pump water heaters may switch to a less efficient electric resistance heating mode. These two heating modes are why heat pump water heaters are also referred to as “hybrids”.

Hybrids are optimally designed to be installed in unconditioned or semi-conditioned spaces for example garages or basements. However, if placed in conditioned space, hybrids will produce cool and dry air that is a benefit in the summer months but will lead to higher heating bills in the winter months.

If a hybrid is the right product for you and you need to install the hybrid in a conditioned space such as a laundry room, you have the option of ducting the exhaust air outside.

Rheem publishes their decibel ratings less than 50 decibels, however, in our tests we’ve seen this vary from home to home likely depending on the acoustics of the location the water heater is installed.  In our limited testing we’ve experienced up to 63 decibels when the heat pump using the Decibel X:dB Sound Level Meter on an iPhone.  If you are concerned with the noise that the heat pump makes when in operation we highly encourage you to run your own tests of various appliances and/or different white noise levels.

Scheduling Service with Zwell

Right now we’re booking out about two weeks, but if you have an emergency replacement situation, please reach out and we’ll see what we can do!

Zwell Community Fund

As Zwell is not a 501(c)(3) organization, Zwell Community Fund™ contributions are not tax-deductible at this time. However, we do use every penny towards the purchase and installation of Zwell’s energy efficient home energy products for families who apply.

Read more about our public accountability here.

No, the Zwell Community Fund™ is not a Non-Profit at this time. We are a Washington Social Purpose Corporation, meaning that we have embedded a social and environmental mission into the founding charters of the business.

We were founded with the idea, that a free market business has a fundamental responsibility to enrich its community and that capitalism — instead of being a vehicle for funneling wealth to a few — can be used to distribute resources equitably, while still maintaining the competitive edge that is so powerful for innovation and moving industries forward into the future.

We are committed to maintaining transparency and accountability around our entire venture.

Learn more about our self-reporting and accountability here.

Additionally, as an organization we strive for continuous improvement. If you feel we could be doing better, we welcome that feedback and will take it to heart.

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