I installed my first Rheem HP50 Hybrid Heat Pump water heater in 2009, and that first unit has been fantastic for my clients. I’ve tried several models over the last 6 years (including one that’s no longer made), but the biggest downfall of these Heat Pump units is their capacity. You really want to run your unit in Heat Pump Only mode for maximum savings and the heat pump takes a while to refresh a drained tank. I estimate a typical 50 gallon unit has about 30 minutes of showering before it’s drained and that can be tight if you need back-to-back showers, or especially if you fill a tub then want to shower in the next hour.
Let me show you how I used the newest Rheem model in a novel way to solve this capacity issue.
I just completed a Lake House for clients who are nearing retirement. Most of the time it’s just two people in the house, but since it’s a lake front house they get a huge influx of visitors on the summer weekends. One normal tank wasn’t going to cut it for those weekends with guests. Here’s my solution for an Ultimate Hot Water setup!Read More »