Most Efficient Rheem Tankless Water Heater Yet Offers More Advantages for Contractors and Homeowners

12.22.2010– Montgomery, AL – Dec. 16, 2010 – Rheem announces the Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heater, the most efficient Rheem tankless water heater to date, is now available. Its advanced technology and features offer industry professionals and homeowners key benefits not available in other water heaters. In addition to its high efficiency at .94 EF, the units can vent with PVC piping instead of stainless steel, significantly reducing installation costs and making it easier to install.

Boasting an industry-best minimum flow rate of .26 GPM and a minimum activation flow rate of .40 GPM, homeowners using low-flow fixtures receive hot water without having to increase the flow of water – an important benefit for today’s eco-conscious homeowner. This translates to savings on water usage, energy and energy costs.

“The Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heater is another example of Rheem innovation and cross-technology application at its best,” said Shaun Thomas, Rheem Tankless marketing manager. “Using condensing technology to create a .94 EF, this innovative product delivers incredible energy efficiency. The Rheem Condensing Tankless Water Heater is a smart addition to any contractor’s portfolio of water heating products and is a favorite with homeowners as well.”

This product, designed for both residential and commercial use, rounds out the Rheem line of energy-efficient tankless gas water heater models. Rheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heaters are ENERGY STAR® qualified for residential use in the United States, eligible for tax incentives in both the United States and Canada and are certified by the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association. The product also contributes LEED credits toward the LEED certification of residential homes and commercial buildings.

As an alternative to PVC piping, the units can vent with environmentally-friendly polypropylene material or traditional stainless steel may be used.

Rheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heaters provide monthly energy savings and all the hot water needed to support busy homes and families. For homes with higher capacity needs, two units can easily be connected to work as one with the EZ-Link™ cable. Manifold controls are also available to manifold up to 20 units. In addition, contractors can easily convert a residential unit to a commercial unit with a simple software chip change, offering great flexibility. Indoor and outdoor models are also available to best complement home designs and remodeling plans.

The Rheem Condensing Tankless Water Heater can be paired with other Rheem products to provide complete whole-home air and water comfort. In fact, when the product is paired with a Rheem hydronic air handler as part of the award-winning Rheem Integrated Heating & Water Heating System, the combination makes the entire system up to 94 percent efficient. The Condensing Tankless Water Heater can also be paired with the Rheem SolPak® system to function as a secondary water heating source to ensure an adequate supply of hot water during periods of inclement weather or seasonal changes.

Additional features of the product include a space-saving compact design that frees up valuable space within the home, and all units come with a remote control that can be mounted inside the home to allow easy access if water temperature requires adjustment. A condensate neutralizer is also included inside the unit, eliminating the need to install a separate neutralizer.

The product is currently available in the United States and will be available in Canada in the first quarter of 2011. All Rheem tankless gas water heating products have a 12 year warranty. For more information on the Rheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heater, visit Rheem.com or contact your local Rheem distributor.

About Rheem Manufacturing Company

Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 83rd year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Kevin Harvick, Inc. and is the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade,” Kevin Harvick and his #33 car.

For more information, contact:

Ann Warren

Spaulding Communications

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