Hybrid Electric Water Heaters
Rheem is only one of a small number of manufacturers that offer integrated heat pump water heaters. Not only are Rheem’s hybrid water heaters slim and easy to fit in tight spaces, they are twice as efficient as standard electric water heaters. How do hybrid heat pump water heaters work? A Rheem heat pump pulls heat from the air surrounding the hybrid water heater. As a result, a heat pump doesn’t rely on electricity alone to heat water. Instead, using refrigerant, coils and compressors, the Rheem heat pump works like a refrigerator in reverse. Surrounding air is pulled into the heat pump where it is vaporized by refrigerant. Cooler air is then released back into the room, cooling the surrounding area. Vaporized refrigerant is then pumped through a compressor and condensed into a liquid form, releasing heat into the tank’s stored water.
How Efficient Is a Hybrid Electric Water Heater?
Practically speaking, a hybrid water heater provides households with twice as much hot water per kilowatt-hour of electricity than a standard electric water heater. For example, if your annual hot water costs total roughly $500, you can expect to pay somewhere around $250 a year once you install a Rheem hybrid electric water heater. Since Rheem hybrid heat pump water heaters are designed with a user-friendly touch pad for controlling water temperature, you can select an efficiency setting that makes the most sense for you and your family members’ schedules.
Are Hybrid Water Heaters Difficult to Install?
One of the most important advantages of Rheem’s hybrid water heater is its design. The Rheem 50-gallon tank HP-50 model is 75.5 inches tall and only 21 inches in diameter. Its slender design makes it ideal for installation in tight spaces like basements, attics and garages. Additionally, Rheem’s HP series hybrid heaters have the same connections as standard water heaters, making them easy to install for builders and contractors interested in adding value to projects for environmentally conscious homeowners.
Tax Credits and Hybrid Water Heaters
As ENERGY STAR®-rated products, Rheem hybrid water pump heaters qualify for federal tax credits through December of 2010. A Public Service Plumber representative can explain the federal rebate program and discuss any additional state or municipal incentive programs you might be eligible for after installing a Rheem hybrid heat pump water heater.
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