Noritz Introduces Eco-Friendly NRC98 Tankless Water Heater, Featuring Higher Efficiency, Easier PVC Venting
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF. (JULY 7, 2011)— The ENERGY STAR®-rated NRC98, the newest addition to the Noritz ecoTOUGH™ Series of gas-fired residential condensing tankless water heaters, has an Energy Factor of 0.93, a rating that is nearly 10 points higher than that of a comparably sized, conventional tankless unit. The 0.93 EF is also approximately 30 points higher than a standard, tank-type gas-fired water heater.
With a maximum flow rate of 9.8 gallons per minute (gpm) and temperature settings from 100°F to 140°F, the new NRC98 protects the environment by heating water strictly on demand, while offering a longer product life cycle than storage tank-type models. In addition, it promises lower emissions, reduced electrical consumption, smaller amounts of potentially hazardous construction materials, and easier recyclability of those materials and components once the product is removed from service.
Featuring a standard Btu input range of 16,000 to 180,000, the NRC98 Tankless Water Heater is engineered to fully meet the domestic hot water needs of northern residences with two bathrooms and southern homes with three baths. A two-pipe direct vent model for indoor installation, the NRC98-DV, will be available for shipment August 1. An outdoor model, the NRC98-OD, will be available during the fourth quarter of this year.
Installation flexibility: Condensing technology permits venting with installer-friendly PVC or CPVC piping, instead of Category III Stainless Steel. The less costly, zero clear-ance plastic piping enables longer vent runs – up to 62 linear feet with 3-inch PVC – and therefore greater installation flexibility. A PVC adapter built into the flue of the NRC98-DV speeds the vent connection, and a factory-supplied increaser fitting facilitates the creation of a 4-inch run, if required.
Both of the new NRC98 models also offer the following key features and components:
In addition, Noritz has affixed specific alpha codes to various plastic components within the NRC98 to help identify their material makeup when it is time to recycle the unit. For example, the polystyrene PCB cover is labeled "OS"; the polypropylene neutralizer tank is marked "PP."
"Noritz is committed to investing in eco-friendly technologies and practices that will re-duce the burdens on our environment," says Jay Hassel, Vice President of Marketing for the Noritz America Corporation.
Extending the series: Later this year, according to Hassel, Noritz expects to further ex-tend the ecoTOUGH Series by unveiling a smaller, 160,000 Btu/h unit with a flow rate of 8.3 gpm, again with both direct-vent and outdoor models. Noritz previously introduced the NRC111, with inputs up to 199,000 Btu/h and a flow rate of 11.1 gpm.
"Any contractor or builder currently using power-vent, tank-type water heaters should take a closer look at condensing technology and the advantages it offers," says Hassel, who adds that the price points of these two water-heater types are "very close."
"Our goal at Noritz is to provide a full line of high-efficiency condensing tankless water heaters that will cost-effectively meet the hot-water needs of every American household, regardless of size."
For more information on the new NRC98-DV and NRC98-OD condensing tankless water heaters and other Noritz products, visit www.noritz.com or call 866.766.7489.
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NORITZ AMERICA CORPORATION, a subsidiary of Noritz Japan, has corporate offices in Fountain Valley, Calif., as well as in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Hawthorne, N.Y. Offering a full line of tankless water heaters to meet the hot water demands of residential and commercial applications. Noritz supports its products with a national network of skilled representatives and employees who are committed to providing the finest products and services to our communities by helping consumers live in a more comfortable, efficient and healthy lifestyle.
For more information on Noritz America and the entire line of Noritz's ENERGY STAR® certified tankless water heaters, please call (877) 986-6748 or visit our website at www.Noritz.com
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