Energy-efficient heating keeps HGTV Dream House 2011 warm and comfy

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Energy-efficient heating keeps HGTV Dream House 2011 warm and comfy

Energy-efficient appliances from Rinnai Corporation help keep the HGTV Dream Home 2011 a warm and cozy house. Located in Stowe, Vt., the HGTV Dream Home 2011 is a "ski-in, ski-out" mountain lodge that blends rustic mountain appeal with modern architecture and state-of-the-art appliances.

Rinnai contributed tankless gas water heaters, energy-efficient heating technology and fireplaces to the home. Also, consumers can enter an online sweepstakes for a chance to win a Rinnai tankless water heater and $10,000 in the "A Little Dream of Your Own" Facebook contest.

Consumers who would like to enjoy Rinnai's tankless water heating technology in their own homes can visit Rinnai's Facebook page and share — in 120 words or less — why they need endless hot water. On Feb. 28, Rinnai will select the top 10 essays and ask fellow Rinnai Facebook fans to choose a grand prize winner, who will receive a Rinnai tankless water heater and $10,000 toward a bathroom makeover. Consumers may also enter for a chance to win the HGTV Dream Home 2011 daily through Feb. 18 at

Energy-efficient heating

Designed to be a warm haven during cold Vermont winters, the HGTV Dream Home 2011 contains two of Rinnai's most energy-efficient products: the Q205S condensing wall-mounted boiler and RC98HPi condensing tankless water heater.

Both products incorporate condensing water heating technology, which minimizes the amount of wasted heat for supreme energy efficiency and advanced performance. Rinnai's condensing wall-mounted boilers and condensing tankless water heaters reduce energy consumption by capturing residual heat from flue gases and transferring it into the water being heated.

Hydronic radiant floor heating is supplied by Rinnai's condensing wall-mounted boiler to the entire HGTV Dream Home, creating a warm, comfortable indoor environment while operating at up to 96.5 percent AFUE efficiency, which is significantly more efficient than a traditional gas boiler. The condensing boiler may be installed in new construction projects such as the HGTV Dream Home, as well as in older buildings as a replacement for an inefficient traditional gas boiler.

Rinnai's condensing tankless water heater provides hot water to the HGTV Dream Home, ensuring that all inhabitants experience the comfort of a long, hot shower after a day on the slopes. Rinnai's condensing design delivers an Energy Factor of up to .96, which is extremely high when compared to traditional gas tank water heaters, which have Energy Factors ranging from .50 to .70. Both Rinnai's standard tankless and condensing tankless models offer the convenience of continuous hot water and the ability to run multiple hot water appliances at the same time.

Energy-efficient fireplaces

Today’s high-tech fireplaces can play a role in energy-efficient home heating, and the HGTV Dream Home is a good example.

The Dream Home's back terrace includes the striking Rinnai Impression outdoor fireplace, which influenced the color palette for the mountain spring-inspired hot tub area. Set in three large, native Vermont bluestone rocks with burn media consisting of large and small quartz rocks, the fireplace maintains a natural look that complements the exterior surroundings. Designed to help consumers create an outdoor living space or patio that meets their specific needs and style preferences, the Rinnai Impression fireplace offers a linear style and is available in three distinct looks: a single-sided model, a see-through model and the freestanding model featured in the HGTV Dream Home 2011.

The HGTV Dream Home 2011 also includes Rinnai's EnergySaver Intelligent fireplace in the home's gathering area. Housed in a dramatic floor-to-ceiling hearth that is accented by a metal wall sculpture, the fireplace features Rinnai's stainless steel facade option and provides a pleasant flame picture. In addition to its visual appeal, the unit serves as a heat source for the living room and features a warm air outlet located below the flame image.  This special design enables optimum heat circulation and allows plasma screens and other heat-sensitive decor items to be placed above the fireplace.

Operating at up to 83 percent AFUE, the EnergySaver Intelligent fireplace efficiently heats spaces up to 1,200 square feet.  The unit's unique seven-stage modulating gas controlled technology uses only the energy necessary to reach and maintain a room's temperature and allows for precise temperature control.

Topics: Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Water Heaters

Companies: Rinnai

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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