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Pool Heating

Rheem Thermal Heat Pump & Gas Pool Heater range

Rheem is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected brands. It is synonymous with hot water heating.

What is not so well known is that Rheem is also Australia’s leading specialist in pool & spa water heating, both for residential and commercial applications.

Residential pool heating

Picture this – you wake up in the morning and step outside to take a dip in your pool. The only problem? It’s winter, and your pool is stuck at a bone-chilling temperature all day long. While the hardy few won’t be put off by a freezing dip, most of us will head back inside for a cup of coffee instead.

Even with Australia’s great climate, most people don’t get enough use out of their swimming pool. An unheated pool might be usable for only four to six months of the year but, for a big chunk of the time, it is just left out in the cold.

So what’s the answer?

For anyone who wants to get more use out of their pool, investing in a pool heating system from Rheem is the best choice. Whether you want your pool heated all year round, or just want to extend the number of months you can use your pool either side of summer, installing a swimming pool heater can give you that versatility.

Our range of residential pool heaters covers both gas and electric heat pump, with us manufacturing both heater types in Australia.

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    The Rheem Thermal Residential Pool & Spa Gas Heater Range

    Rheem Thermal have sold the Raypak gas pool and spa heater since 1969 and began local manufacture under licence from Raypak USA in 1983.  Whilst we have sold thousands to the Australian market over the last 50 + years, it is true to say that tens of thousands of these heaters are installed world-side.

    Raypak pool & spa heaters are the gas heater of choice because of their simplicity of design and reliability of operation. They are tolerant of a wide variation in water flow and gas pressures, which proves to be problematic with most alternative pool heaters on the market.

    The Rheem Thermal Residential Pool & Spa Heat Pump Range

    The Rheem Thermal residential pool & spa heat pumps “manufactured in Australia” are the premium product in a market unfortunately flooded with cheap imports. The Rheem Thermal is unrivaled in terms of quality. The design is simply a scaled down version of the large Commercial Rheem Thermal heat pumps which are specified into Australia’s major projects, with the use of the identical commercial components.

    The new Rheem Thermal Premium RTHP series is the latest generation of the Rheem Thermal residential pool & spa heat pump range. It represents the culmination of 25 years development by Rheem Thermal engineers in heat pump development and design. It is characterised by high performance at cold ambients. It is extremely quiet and the perfect capacity option for suburban backyards.

    Rheem Thermal’s range in this market segment is complemented by the sale of units manufactured by its sister company, Rheem USA.

    Rheem Thermal retains complete flexibility in manufacture to allow for a unique range of design options, including our exclusive Rheem IQ® controls.

    Commercial Pool Heating

    Rheem Thermal is clearly the Australian market leader in the heating of major aquatic and commercial swimming pools.

    Rheem Thermal heating units are installed at large aquatic centre heating projects at Eaglehawk, Benalla, Oakleigh, Shepparton, Nhill (Victoria), Barraba, Batemans Bay, Bexley, Bomaderry, Broken Hill, Camden, Cessnock, Cobar, Coleambally, Condobolin, Cooma, Corrimal, Cowra, Dapto, Dorrigo, Enfield, Enmore, Fairfield, Forster, Galston, Granville, Griffith, Gulgong, Gunnedah, Guyra, Holsworthy, Inverell, Kandos, Kempsey, Leichhardt, Manly, Morisset, Mudgee, Mount Annan, Murwillumbah, Narooma, North Sydney, Port Macquarie, Randwick, Raymond Terrace, Revesby, Singleton, South Grafton, Springwood, Sussex Inlet, Victoria Park, Wallsend, Warringah, Woolgoolga, Yamba (NSW), Albany Creek, Charters Towers, Collinsville, Colmslie, Eumundi, Fortitude Valley, Gatton, Gordonvale, Gympie, Ithaca, Miami, Mt Gravatt, Nambour, Nerang, Newmarket, Noosa, Quilpie, Redcliffe, Runcorn, Warwick, Yeronga (Queensland), Woodside (SA), Bothwell, Campbelltown, Latrobe, Ulverstone (TAS), Bold Park, Donnybrook, Margaret River, Pinjarra, Rockingham (WA).  Commercial installations have been made for major hotel groups such as Ramada, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Novotel and Rydges in Australia, as well as in Bali, Bangkok, Phuket, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

    Raypak Commercial Gas Pool & Spa Heaters

    For commercial pool & spa heating, our range includes the PCO Premium Pool Series  (280MJ to 420MJ input) and spa heater (127MJ) as well as our large Commercial Series B-Type heaters (539MJ to 4,224MJ input).

    Our Raypak PCO Premium Series heaters are suitable for small to medium commercial installations or situations where a more rugged heater is needed. These units feature:

    • Robust powder coated all metal construction
    • Cupronickel heat exchanger
    • All bronze headers
    • Stainless steel combustion support structure
    • Suitability for indoor or outdoor installation
    • Three year commercial warranty

    Rheem Thermal Commercial Pool Heat Pump Range

    Our Rheem Thermal RTHP Commercial Pool Heat Pumps have led the Australian market for over twenty years.

    The standing of the Rheem Thermal heat pump is evident with its use in internationally prestigious projects such as the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the Commonwealth Games and the Taurmara Aquatic Centre (Port Moresby) for the Pacific Games and previous installation at the Bangkok Aquatic Centre for the Asian Games.

    Our Rheem Thermal heat pumps are manufactured in Australia by our Rheem Thermal Systems Group factory in Revesby (Sydney).

    Our RTHP commercial range extends from 38kW to 540kW nominal heating capacity.

    Commercial Heat Pump Design

    Rheem Thermal has a very stable design team and the lessons of twenty five years product design and application are strongly evident in the product which is proudly sold today.

    Rheem Thermal has achieved benchmark performance through dedicated product development. Rheem Thermal is Australia’s only heat pump manufacturer with a full psychrometric test laboratory, where we are able to develop heat pump designs in controlled conditions from -10 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius ambient. The laboratory enables Rheem Thermal to continually strive for higher efficiencies and better performance.

    The Rheem Thermal RTHP Series Commercial heat pumps are the best that we can build. The product features:

    • Purpose designed refrigeration system
    • Increased total evaporator area to maximise efficiency in cold climate locations
    • Specialised fan control to manage air flows at high ambient
    • Full commercial quality construction with marine grade aluminium case and Rheem Cote® anti-corrosion treatment of the evaporator
    • Digital Controls
    • Rheem IQ® control including optional BMS connectivity
    • Copeland or Danfos scroll compressors
    • Coil Guard/s
    • Condensate drainage
    • Quality assured manufacture with certification to ISO 9001.

    Rheem IQ® control

    Rheem Thermal’s edge in product development is not only reflected in a heat pump specifically developed for climate extremes but also in their advanced control options. Rheem Thermal units have the Rheem IQ tariff intelligence control fitted as standard on all units, allowing the achievement of the lowest possible heating cost where the building or home is connected to the time-of-use electricity metering. This advanced control technology is exclusive to Rheem.

    One of the key features of Rheem IQ is its ability to optimise the heat pumps run-profile relative to electricity pricing and in turn, to achieve the lowest practicable heating cost. IQ understands the off peak, shoulder and peak structure of time-of-use electricity tariffs, with some Australian tariffs being pre-programmed to aid ease of use.

    IQ’s programming logic optimises off peak operation by slight movements of the pool temperature, so that the cheaply produced off peak heat contribution is effectively stored in the pool. Differing temperature parameters are available in each tariff period with the intention of peak operation is postponed or avoided to the maximum extent feasible, consistent with desired pool temperatures at different times of the day and weekend.

    The tariff intelligence of the IQ is only one of the features offered, with the functionality extending to outdoor fan control, circulating pump control, de-ice management, alarm logging and PCo connectivity. For example, the BMS interface capability of the unit will allow direct interrogation, status checking and performance data review.

    The potential for saving in heating costs is extended to the heat pump’s recirculating pump. Rheem Thermal have the new Rheem IQ – DPi Link Controllers to control power to the pool pump, so that the savings extend to the total heating system. The Rheem IQ – DPi Link pump controller only operates the heat pump for those hours needed for heating and in line with the run profile determined by IQ to minimise heating costs.

    Assessing your needs

    Although we’re the largest pool heating solutions provider in Australia, our staff don’t work on the assumption that they know everything. Regardless of how small or large a project may be, our personnel use a five-step process to acquaint themselves with your system:

    1. Discuss the ins and outs of your pool or spa heating needs.
    2. Gather technical data regarding your ongoing requirements.
    3. Apply predictive algorithms to determine how a specific heating system will perform.
    4. Choose a heating solution that best accommodates your requirements.
    5. Make custom adjustments to our application if necessary.

    Sizing and modelling

    Rheem Thermal’s pool heating sales and technicians will assist you in developing an energy-efficient pool or spa heating system, ensuring your pool & spa water heating system retains optimal temperature with minimal power consumption.

    To do so, they analyse the following data:

    • Pool size
    • Shading
    • Geographic location
    • Swimming season
    • Desired pool temperature
    • Wind exposure
    • Blanket use

    You can also fill in this attached Pool Heating Profile Questionnaire and return it to us.

    Then, we apply this information to the University of New South Wales’ PoolHeat Model, which determines the amount of heat a pool will lose every hour. This provides us with the knowledge we need to adjust heating solutions to satisfy optimal energy efficiency requirements.

    Do we keep our customers in the dark during this process? Absolutely not. We guide you through every step, detailing what the data means and why we recommend a certain option. This ensures you know the details associated with your system.

    Access to experts

    After contacting us to develop a heating solution, you’ve established a lifelong relationship with Rheem​ Thermal factory engineers, product specialists and pool technicians.

    Our sales people, technicians and engineers are industry leaders and know our products back to front. Whether you are looking for a gas or a heat pump solution to your pool & spa heating needs, we have the expertise and advice to provide the right product for your needs.

    Of course, you don’t have to go all the way back to the factory to see the support we can offer. At Rheem Thermal, our sales staff are experts in the field, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every client we work with. This front-line support has been crucial for building Rheem Thermal’s reputation as a trusted supplier of pool heating equipment.

    Ultimately, our primary focus is to ensure you get the best system for your needs. It’s not about selling you the most expensive heating solution, but the most practical, high-quality one.

    If you have any questions concerning our services or how we develop custom pool & spa heating applications, give us a call on 1300 132 950 or drop us an email to: info@rheemthermal.com.au