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All models tested according to ANSI test procedures and meet or exceed the
thermal efficiency and standby loss requirements of ASHRAE standard.
The test is
conducted at 100% firing rate and the efficiency shown does not represent unit
at partial load.
The efficiency rating directly correlates with the score given to
each product out of 100.
The ability of the unit to modulate its fuel input rate based on building demand. This
is extremely important during part
tions where the unit does not need to
operate at full fire rate. This also reduces cycling which significantly improves the
lifecycle. In this category, the highest turndown ratio is 7:1 which receives a score of
100. The only other published turndown rati
ng among the other manufacturers is
AO Smith with a 3:1 ratio, which equals to a score of 43.
PVi offers a 6
year warranty policy with the 1
year of it being completely inclusive of
labor and annual maintenance costs.
e Brigade offers the lon
therefore the score would be double all the other three manufactures with a 3
The Brigade is the lightest (348 lb.) water heater in its class.
This means significantly
lower delivery cost. The other water heaters must be delivered with a motorized stair
climber dolly (shown in the picture below). The delivery companies typically charge
per stair, and this can be hefty total for the end
delivery of the Brigade is
simple and does not require expensive tools such as one shown below. The Brigade
receives a perfect score in this category.
climber delivering a large tank
type water heater
Brigade Comparison Combined
Brigade vs. The Competition
One of PV
’s newest water heater
with the smallest foot
. The Brigade is capable of
various building hot
efficiently and will do so in a very tight space. With a 16” width and
zero clearance required on each side and the back, Brigade will fit in half the
space of a traditional commercial water heater or two Brigades can be put in
the space of one tank heater
and create system redundancy that my
otherwise not be possible due to unavailable space
Brigade’s heat exchanger
gallon storage tank are made from PVi’s AquaPlex and is backed by a
year warranty, double that of commercial tank water heater
models. The 25
gallon storage acts as a buffer for small water heating loads
and the 7 to 1 turndown of the combustion system allows Brigade to track
and adjust to the hot water demand of the building. This combination allows
for longer runtime
and less cycling of the burner which will lead to higher
efficient operation and longer heater and component life. Weighing in at just
355 lbs., Brigade can easily be maneuvered with a hand truck and carried up
stairs without the use of specialized stair
climbing dollies or expensive delivery
Most competing models
are very similar in construction and operation.
Glass lined tanks and heat transfer flue tubes or
heat exchanges are the most common design
and will have a 3
in a commercial
application and have a common theme of water
leaks shortly out of the warranty period and
frequent water heater replacements in the 3
year range. All glass lined water heaters require
cathodic protection due to the porosity o
glass lining and holidays or voids that occur in
the lining. Without cathodic protection, which in
most cases requires routine maintenance to be
effective, the heater will fail shortly after the
useful life of the anode or with the failure of an
tronic anode system. Much like with
tankless water heaters, water quality and
performing routine maintenance will have a large
factor on the life of the water heater and
success of their operation.