App-Controlled Heat Pump Water Heater
Just purchased a 65Gal Rheem Proterra Hybrid Heat Pump Hot Water heater, and its controlled using Rheem’s EcoNet app. The app is pretty poor as evidenced by the 1 star rating in the App Store, but I’m holding out hope that I can still use it for the bare minimum of switching the heater to a lower setting when I leave the house for a long period of time.
On the home page of the app is an “I’m Home / I’m away” button. It’s unclear to me what this button does, and how it differs from the heating mode dropdown that’s available as a dropdown menu that lets you choose between Energy Saver, Heat Pump, High Demand, Electric, and Vacation modes.
When I switch the heater to “Vacation” mode in the dropdown menu it appears to change nothing… it seems to still keep the water at 120deg, and the icon shows the tank as a full green icon, just like it was when in energy saver.
It seems to be using about 1.2kWh per day when in this state, and no hot water is being used.
Would I be better off pressing the “I’m Away” button? Or simply turning it off?
Thanks for any feedback!
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