Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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The following product received the most Web page visits in January: A.O. SMITH Te Vertex 100 Power Direct Vent 50-gal. Gas Water Heater boasts a 96 percent ther- mal efciency rating and delivers water at a constant fow of 4 gal. per minute. Te heater is equipped with a 100,000-Btu gas burner and has a recovery rate of 129 gal. per hour. A helical spiral heat exchanger positioned in the center of the tank for even heat distribution keeps hot combus- tion gases in the tank longer to lengthen the heat transfer cycle. Vents use PVC, CPVC, ABS or polypro- pylene for fexibility and eliminating the expense of metal venting. An LCD screen with a navigation menu provides unit op- erating information, diagnostics and tem- perature control. Te iCOMM compatibil- ity enables the heater to be monitored from remote locations. Te ultra-low NOx burn- er complies with South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1121 (Control of Nitrogen Oxides from Residential Type, Natural Gas-fred Water Heaters) and other air quality management districts with sim- ilar requirements for NOx emissions of less than 10 ng/j. Additional features include a condensate outlet and commercial-grade PermaGlas Ultra Coat glass lining. For more information, visit hotwater.com or circle 43. The following product received the most reader inquiries from the November 2014 issue of Qualifed Remodeler : TRUTANKLESS Te trutankless units can provide 7.5 gal. per minute, which is enough hot water for a house with up to four bathrooms, thanks to the company's Velix technology, which heats water as it fows through 24 linear ft. of heating element. Te length, coupled with a horizontal orientation and ceramic thermal insulation, maximizes output, ensures the element does not overheat and isn't compromised by mineral build- up. Te technology also allows hot water to fow through multiple faucets/fxtures simultaneously with no decrease in water pressure or output. Accuracy also is a feature; the fow meter ensures water is delivered within 1 F of the desired temperature. At 24 in. wide and 5½ in. deep, the water heaters can save up to 9 sq. ft. of space compared to tank water heaters that store 40 to 80 gal. of water. Te easy-to-install electric unit also integrates with home automation systems and has apps for iOS and Hot water reigns By Laurie Banyay As water heater standards are set to increase, remodelers show an interest in learning more about efcient products Android systems that allow for remote control and monitoring. It also sends maintenance notifcations to homeowners and service providers, and provides live support, warranty reminders, remote diagnostics, and a usage log and fault history. For more information, visit trutankless.com or circle 42. QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com QR February 2015 49 PRODUCT SOLUTIONS On April 16, changes to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act will increase efficiency requirements for residential water heaters. The effi- ciency requirement increases vary based on gas or electric models and capacity. To learn about the standard, visit www1. eere.energy.gov/ buildings/appliance_ standards/product. aspx/productid/27.

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