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Rheem Super Efficient HP-50 water heater

14 years ago

I have seen an ad for this beastie in This Old House magazine twice now. I guess it hits me because I will be looking to replace my electric 50g water heater soon. Its says its 'the most advanced energy efficient water heater you can own'.

This 'Rheem air source heat pump' (?) 'extracts heat from warm air' (what if my basement isn't that warm---60 degrees or so) and 'intensifies the heat with a compressor to deliver heat to the water and exhausts cooler air' (which I assume makes the basement cooler?).

'Its twice the efficiency of a standard electric water heater'.

So is this all phooey or is there something to this?

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