Can anyone further explain how the heat pump on the water heater works out? I'm feeling kind of dumb on this, but I don't quite understand how ambient heat can make hot water. On one hand, no one's house is 100+ degrees inside, and on the other hand, if I'm heating my house through the winter but then somehow cooling it with this device, aren't I losing the efficiency of something?
I'm pretty interested in this technology, and admittedly, my furnace is in the same room as my water heater and does tend to make that room warmer than it needs to be. I believe it does work, but just want to understand.
Also, the condensate that gets pumped out: is it clean? Instead of sending it down the drain, could it be sent to a pet water dish?
Thanks in advance!