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ATLANTA, August 30, 2017 - Rheem is proud to announce the launch of the new Prestige® Series EcoNet® Enabled Modulating Upflow Gas Furnace. The R98V attains PlusOneTM Energy Efficiency of 98%+ AFUE across the entire family and matches the industry high of 98.7% which saves energy and money.

“The R98V also has industry-first patented features that came out of our 360°+1 design philosophy and processes -- making it one of the smartest furnaces on the market,” said Chris Day, director, product management and marketing, Rheem Air Conditioning Division. “This furnace is designed from top to bottom, inside and out to give superior efficiency and precision comfort.”

The R98V comes with the PlusOne® Diagnostics 7-Segment LED on all units to make it easy to service and diagnose and the PlusOne® Ignition System which includes the Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) for reliability and longevity. This furnace has built-in service and safety features like the PlusOne® Water Management System with patented Blocked Drain Sensor that forces the furnace to shut down if the drain gets blocked. When connected to the Rheem-exclusive EcoNet Control Center, the R98V furnace will display important service and maintenance information that can also be accessed on the homeowner’s smart device.

The Rheem Prestige Series family of furnaces have been named the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017). In addition, the R97V model recently won the ACHR News 2017 Silver Dealer Design Award in the HVAC High Efficiency Residential Equipment category.

“The Dealer Design Award honors best-in-class new products. A panel of contractors select the winners, so earning an award like this brings credibility to Rheem’s continued focus of delivering products that are designed for contractors. Rheem focuses on ease of installability, serviceability and, of course, leading performance,” said Day. “We are privileged to receive this award. From Rheem researchers to engineers to product developers – it has taken a team to make our Prestige family of furnaces hit this impressive level of excellence.”

To learn more about the latest R98V furnace, please visit the Prestige Series EcoNet®-Enabled Modulating Upflow Gas Furnace product page. The R98V comes with a 10-year parts warranty and a limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty.  

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Founded in 1925, Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products. Rheem is headquartered in Atlanta, and it has an international presence in 14 countries. The company’s premium brands include Rheem, Raypak, Ruud, Eemax, Richmond and Splendid, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company’s Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division. To learn more, visit