At the 2019 AHR Expo, Rheem is announcing a new sustainability initiative and showcasing a wide range of high-efficiency innovations that play a key role in supporting the environmentally responsible effort. At the start of the show, held in Rheem’s hometown of Atlanta, GA, Chris Peel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rheem Manufacturing is announcing the company’s commitment to achieve zero manufacturing waste.
energy-efficient HVAC systems
Following the announcement, expert product managers and engineers across Rheem’s family of brands will introduce attending industry professionals to the advanced technology behind key products within the company’s air and water offerings, spanning both residential and commercial applications. According to a survey Rheem recently conducted, 70 percent of HVAC contractors report that their customers frequently and proactively request sustainable and energy-efficient HVAC systems.
And contractors rank energy efficiency and related endorsements, such as HERS scores and ENERGY STAR certifications, as the most important factors when selecting a system.
“These insights from industry professionals reinforce the importance of committing to environmentally responsible processes, people and products to deliver sought-after solutions for our valued industry partners,” said Peel. “We’re looking forward to an ongoing dialogue around how the industry can reduce its environmental impact and sharing our latest advancements in high-efficiency equipment.”
Among the products on display for Rheem’s Water division are the Professional Prestige Combination Boiler, Hybrid Electric Commercial Water Heater and CommercialMarathon Eclipse Light Duty Water Heater. On the Air side of the business, the focus is onthe EcoNet Smart Thermostat, the Prestige Series Modulating Gas Furnace and Mini-Split Heating and Air Conditioning Systems as well as commercial solutions such as the Renaissance HVAC Line and the H2AC Rooftop Unit.
homeowners’ hydronic heating needs
- Professional Prestige Combination Boiler
The Professional Prestige Combination Boiler from Rheem is the latest innovation to the company’s expanding high-efficiency product portfolio. With its compact design, Rheem’s Combi Boiler is suited for smaller homes or multifamily applications to free up valuable space without sacrificing optimal performance. The ENERGY STAR certified Combi Boiler from Rheem is a modern and efficient solution for today’s homeowners’ hydronic heating and hot water needs.
At 95 percent AFUE, the Combi Boiler is over 15 percent more efficient than standard boilers on the market. The higher efficiency is a result of the Combi Boiler’s ability to extract more heat from the unit’s exhaust gases, which makes the system eligible for local rebates up to $1,600. Additionally, the innovative design allows for the use of PVC venting options, which increases flexibility for easy installations and reduced labor costs.
- Hybrid Electric Commercial Water Heater
The ENERGY STAR rated Hybrid Commercial Water Heater drastically reduces water and energy usage, while delivering hot water faster than most standard electric water heaters. Dry-fire protected and low-lead compliant, this Hybrid from Rheem is easy to install and can readily replace a standard unit. Additionally, the Hybrid Commercial Water Heater can connect to Rheem’s exclusive EcoNet WiFi-connected platform for ultimate convenience.
Once connected, the water heater gives end-users complete control through customizable temperature settings, vacation mode and the ability to monitor the system from anywhere in the world. Available in 50, 65 and 80-gallon capacities, the Hybrid Commercial Water Heater offers a high-efficiency solution for an array of commercial applications.
- Commercial Marathon Eclipse Light Duty Water Heater
The Commercial Marathon Light Duty Water Heater combines high-efficiency operation with the industry’s most durable design. Ideal for harsh environments, the non-metallic electric water heaters are equipped with a seamless, blow-molded, polybutylene tank that is impervious to rust and corrosion, for long-lasting dependability.
Its polyurethane insulation helps reduce standby heat loss and minimize energy consumption. For added protection and peace-of-mind, Rheem offers a 10-year limited warranty. The Commercial Marathon Light Duty Water Heater is available in 75, 85 and 105 gallon models.
consistently controlled indoor comfort
- EcoNet Smart Thermostat
The EcoNet Smart Thermostat, offering hands-free voice control through Alexa-enabled devices, is the latest innovation in Rheem’s EcoNet product line. Unique to the category, it is the only thermostat proven to control a home’s air conditioning, heating, and water heating appliances while managing 65 percent of the energy used in a typical home. Paired with Rheem’s patent-pending zoning technology, the thermostat maximizes energy efficiency, cost-savings and sustainability.The EcoNet Smart Thermostat was recently awarded a 2018 Good Design Award and a2019 IoT Breakthrough Award.
- Mini-Split Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
The line of high-quality Mini-Split Systems, offered by both Rheem and Ruud, provide homeowners with a flexible and efficient heating and cooling alternative. Whether for a single room or multiple zones, the revolutionary ductless solutions are perfect for controlling hard to heat or cool areas. Using heat-pump technology, the Mini-Split heating and air conditioning systems offer precise home comfort for any room, any season, to save the homeowner money.
- Industry-Leading Gas Furnaces
The EcoNet Enabled Prestige Series Modulating R98V Gas Furnace is ENERGY-STAR qualified for the highest efficiencies and controlled comfort. Designed for dependability, the Prestige Series features Rheem’s exclusive PlusOne Ignition System that is nine times more reliable than most hot surface igniters. The easy-to-install Prestige Series provides improved airflow via a patented heat exchanger which reduces operating sound by 20 percent as well as delivers variable-speed technology and automatic adjustment for an ideal amount of airflow in all seasons for consistently controlled indoor comfort.
The Prestige Series is available through Rheem, Ruud and Sure Comfort. In addition, the R801T Ultra Low NOx furnace family leads through emission reductions of up to 65%. Rheem further offers a variety of options designed to meet a wide range of market needs and standards. From easy-service features to advanced technologies across an array of capacities, Rheem provides durable, long-lasting performance for all residential applications.
- Renaissance Commercial Line
Rheem’s Renaissance Commercial Line, which includes 7.5 – 12.5 Ton Gas Electric and AC package units and 7.5 – 10 Ton Heat Pump package units, provides commercial specifiers with customizable solutions to suit their exact needs and is 30 percent more energy-efficient than competitors, translating to thousands of dollars saved over the system’s lifetime. Equipped with robust performance features, the Renaissance line includes Rheem’s exclusive, industry-first PlusOne HumidiDry technology with a built-in VFD operating at a lower speed on first-stage cooling when in reheat mode and when in occupied fan mode.
Additionally, a solid single-piece top and durable panels simplify unit installation, while a factory-installed ClearControl Direct Digital Control (DDC) and sensors can connect to LonWorks, BACnet and Modbus BAS/EMS systems for remote monitoring and precise control. Available via a tri-tiered product platform, the Renaissance Commercial Line consists of Rheem Commercial Prestige Series, Rheem Commercial Classic Plus Series; and Rheem Commercial Classic Series.
- H2AC Rooftop Unit
The Rheem H2AC Rooftop Unit featuring eSync integration technology is part of the industry’s first and only integrated air and water system designed specifically for full-service restaurants and other commercial applications with high hot water demand. The award-winning system brings new levels of savings and efficiency to businesses.
The eSync Integration Technology enables the system to automatically switch modes whenever there is an opportunity to pre-heat water by using heat removed from the building through the air conditioning process. The H2AC Rooftop Unit from Rheem can save up to 50 percent on annual water heating costs and up to 20 percent on annual energy saving costs.