Rheem Heat Pump Water Heater Recognized by BuildingGreen as Top-10 Product for 2009
This past September, Rheem became the first industry manufacturer to announce delivery of a fully integrated, high-efficiency heat pump water heater to both the plumbing wholesale and utility channels. The new HP-50 Heat Pump Water Heater, which meets the qualifications for an ENERGY STAR listing, offers an Energy Factor (EF) of 2.0, or more than twice the energy efficiency of a standard electric storage water heater.
"The average annual operating cost will be between $225 and $280, or roughly half that of even the most efficient standard electric water heaters on the market today," says Rheem product manager Tommy Olsen.
The energy-saving design will help a family reduce its carbon footprint by nearly two tons annually. In addition, the HP-50, which has a storage capacity of 50 gallons, qualifies for a federal tax credit as well as many state and utility rebates and incentives.
Measuring only 21 inches in diameter and 75.5 inches tall, the HP-50 offers a slimmer, more portable profile that makes installation in spaces with restricted access -- including attics and basement mechanical rooms --easier. "That's why this new unit is an easy retrofit product for existing electric installations," Olsen comments. "If a 240-volt electric service is located nearby, it can replace a gas model as well."