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 »
I installed my first Wolf 2 burner Induction Cooktop about 10 years ago in a clients house, and I’ve been fascinated with them ever since.
In the 10 years I’ve been installing Induction I’ve also seen the prices come way down! In fact, I’m about to install a 30″ Miele Induction Cooktop in a remodel project and it’s $2600 price tag is less than the two burner unit I installed in the photo above. A decade later and the prices are pretty darn Continue ReadingRead More »
In this video I'm showing a video taken on my iPhone 6 with the Flir One attached. I found some missing insulation in this attic and the savings on this correction could easily pay for the camera over 1-2 years.
I’ve had this on loan and after only a few hours with it I’m sold! This is the second generation of this device as the first one was a bulky phone case designed only for iPhone 5’s. This new model of the Flir One comes in two flavors; Flir One for the iPhone 6 with Lightning connections, and Flir One for Android devices. It runs $250 on Amazon and has almost the same functionality as my $2000 Flir model! Continue ReadingRead More »