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A Quiet, Efficient System for Any Tight Space: Sound and Space Constraint Solution

September 7, 2021
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When it comes to homeownership, you want your systems and appliances to work quietly in the background of your life, and not cost too much in maintenance, upkeep, energy, or sanity. Rheem’s Sound and Space Constraint Solution uses a forward-thinking approach to solve the issues facing many homeowners—small spaces, excess noise, and outdated energy use—and provides high-quality air solutions to address every home, even in the tightest of spaces.

 As a homeowner, why does this matter to me?
Well, because comfort matters. And creating a peaceful, relaxing home environment matters. And being mindful of your budget as well as your carbon footprint matters. The Sound and Space Constraint Solution is the high-quality product option that meets the modern homeowner where they are and provides long-lasting benefits to air quality and home comfort through:
Sound and Space Constraint Blog Inset 2Quiet operation: Excellent thermal and sound insulation on indoor air handlers, plus streamlined airflow and reduced vibration on outdoor heat pumps allow for peaceful quiet, inside and out. Because your home’s air system shouldn’t be keeping you or your family up at night or disturbing your relaxation during the day.
“We’re also seeing more local regulation and sound ordinances that are requiring specific decibel levels for air conditioners and heat pumps, and traditional systems that use low-cost, inefficient fan motors are generally louder and may not meet those sound ordinances,” says Jeff Goss, Senior Manager of Residential Systems. “Because it has the ability to vary its run speed to match the temperature setpoint, this product can ramp the speed up and down, making it quieter and able to meet those lower sound ordinance requirements.”
Space-saving: Homeowners don’t need sprawling mansions or expansive lot space to utilize this system; it’s adaptable to all types of home structures.
Lily Mak, Product Manager of Residential Systems points out that places with zero lot lines, multi-unit spaces, or other niche applications would benefit from slim and discreet modern design. “It can fit in patios and backyards, even on rooftops or terraces or on balconies. Its versatility is a specific application, that gives the system special features,” says Lily.
A slim side-discharge outdoor heat pump plus a multi-position indoor air handler allows for an optimal indoor heating and cooling solution even in the smallest of spaces. Whether looking to maximize irregular spaces in an older home or incorporate your most comfortable air solutions in a new build, the Sound and Space Constraint Solution provides the highest quality air control solutions in the slimmest, most unobtrusive packaging.
Year-round comfort: Optimal system performance with superior humidity control and inverter technology delivers precise airflow to meet your home’s ever-changing comfort requirements and guarantees energy-efficient relaxation indoors. From hot summers to chilly winters and every season and climate in between, the Sound and Space Constraint Solution is meticulously designed to keep your home and family comfortable, no matter what the weather.

How will I know that this solution will work with my home?
Whether you’re building a new home or looking to retrofit your older home, talk to your professional HVAC Contractor and figure out the best placement, or replacement, that will fit. The slim packaging of the Sound and Space Constraint Solution units allows for a variety of placements that are discreet, efficient, and reliable for full comfort.
“We use multi-row coils to shrink the width of the unit, and we get efficiency because of optimized airflow through the cabinet. And we’re also able to use a different compressor type and technology to shrink the cabinet itself so the overall installation space required is much less,” says Jeff. “Instead of needing a 4’x4’ concrete pad to sit on, these are much narrower, and can tuck up against the side of the house.”
When working with older homes, Jeff and Lily suggest talking to your installer or contractor about the right unit for your home’s power supply. “These units run off a different power supply than our traditional air handlers,” notes Jeff. “There’s high voltage power to this air handler, which could have an impact on the breaker panel. So, homeowners need to make sure that they have the proper electrical circuit available for the air handler.”

Upgrade means up-cost, right?
Updating your home is for your own benefit and investment in comfort. Jeff and Lily also point out that more efficient, exacting technology models, like the Sound and Space Constraint Solution, allow for more precise measurements and output of energy, which translates to less money going out the door.
“You can potentially see a significant reduction in utility bills and energy consumption. For a similar install cost [to other models], you’ll see the Sound and Space savings right away, especially if you’re replacing an old piece of equipment,” says Jeff. “Also, there may be local utility rebates or other incentives tied to the efficiency of the product.”
“There’s less energy consumption from this product because it is so much more efficient. That’s putting less strain on the energy grid, that’s less power generation required at the plant,” says Jeff. “And that is going to have a positive impact on carbon emissions through the entire value stream—from utility down to the homeowner.”
For a good refresher on what to consider about the benefits of this air system, check out this video then call your Rheem Pro to see how the Space and Sound Constraints System can improve your home’s air quality and comfort.