The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater is coming on the market to become a member of the highest efficiency class of water heaters recognized by Energy Star. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which claims the average family could save around $300 per year by upgrading from a conventional electric water heater to an Energy Star Heat Pump Water Heater. Energy Star also says, “If everyone buying an electric water heater this year chose an Energy Star qualified heat pump model instead of a standard model, we would avoid 19.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 1.6 million cars off the road.”
The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater joins the product line this fall when Rheem a company started in the 1920’s that has since grown into a leading global producer of water heaters, central warm air furnaces, air conditioners, swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers, is planning on it’s arrival in the supply system. The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater is Energy Star approved making it eligible for Appliance Stimulus Program Rebates, Weatherization Assistance Program Grants if you are eligible, various State and Utility Rebate Programs in about 50% of the states, and a Federal Income Tax Credit. The time is never better to consider getting rid of the old water heater and start saving money.
The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater features a heat pump mounted on top of the water heater that functions like a refrigerator in reverse. The heat pump takes warmth out of the ambient air surrounding the unit and pumps it into the water in your water heater much like a refrigerator takes warmth out of the refrigerator and pumps it into your home. The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater draws cold water from the bottom of the water heater circulates it through the heat pump heating it and then puts it back into the water heater at the top. The Rheem HP50RH has 3 operation modes, Energy Saver (heat pump), Normal (heat pump with element backup), and Electric Heat Only (two elements). This Energy Saver mode provides an industry leading 2.0 energy factor (EF) and a first hour delivery of 67 GPH which is comparable to a standard 50 gallon electric model. The heat pump will provide beneficial side effects also as it will assist in cooling the area where it is located and provide dehumidification as well.
The Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater features include a 50 Gallon Model with a 10-Year Limited Warranty, 2-1/2″ Non-CFC foam insulation, resistored anode rod protection to extend tank life, a Rheemglas® lined tank, factory installed T&P valve, brass drain valve, side access connections, 3/4″ NPT water inlet, outlet and condensate drain connections, 21″ diameter which fits through access doors, replaces a standard electric water heater, stainless steel resistor elements, heat pump operating range 40° F to 120° F, built in freeze/overheat protection, and a top mounted washable air filter.
This fall as a near perfect scenario of Appliance Stimulus Package Rebates, Weatherization Assistance Program Grants, State and Utility Rebates, and the Income Tax Credit all come together making this the right time to replace the inefficient water heater and save on your energy bill while cutting back on your carbon footprint and being Green.