A review of the John Wood gas water heaters using different
venting options: atmospheric, direct, power direct vent, power vent
models and ultra-efficient models such as the Envirosense
and Polaris. See
the comparison and main differences.
Equipped with the FVIR Flame Guard Safety System, John Wood gas water heaters with the atmospheric vent reduces the risk of the accidental ignition of the flammable vapors outside the combustion chamber.
Only atmospheric vent models that utilize the flue damper are Energy Star compliant due to the increased energy efficiency and performance. These models also include the gas valve with the diagnostic capabilities that also monitors the proper work of the flue damper.
They also contain the Turbulator system, a system with the advanced designed of the dip tube for reducing the sediment build-up and prolonging the heater’s life and performance.
There are four models available in this group, two having the
40-gal and two with the 50-gal tank capacities, all with the energy
factors of 0.67.
Atmospheric vent units are also available with the thermopile design that are built with better quality pilot and gas valve while the LED indicator helps in diagnostic and troubleshooting.
The group has more models to choose from, from 30 to 75-gal
capacity, but the energy factor is lower than the previous group, it is
in the range from 0.58 to 0.60.
John Wood gas water heaters with the power vent options are Energy Star models, designed with the tank capacities from 40-gal to 75 gallons and with the energy factor of 0.70 or 0.68 on 75-gal models.
The power vent and its rotatable blower allows flexible venting installation so the water heaters can be vented either horizontally through the outside wall or vertically through the roof, which is not the case with the previous type. The advanced gas control valve features the self-diagnostic capability for convenient and easy troubleshooting.
All power vent models from John Wood include the Flammable Vapor Sensor and air intake snorkel as part of the FVIR system that prevents the ignition of the flammable vapors coming from gasoline, paint and different solvents when are stored close to the water heater.
Power direct vent models utilize the electric blower and the
sealed combustion for safe operation as the indoor air is untouched. As
the previous power vent models, PDV units also provide great
flexibility during the installation with the long vent lengths and
different materials used. Only two sizes; 40 and 50 gallons, are
available and both are high efficient.
John Wood gas water heaters with the direct venting use the Flame
technology that is designed to protect you from the accidental ignition
of flammable vapors. While the most units have the standard piezo-pilot
ignition, direct vent water heater utilize the thermopile design so the
pilot can withstand different conditions and does not need electrical
power to run.
The Envirosense power direct vent is the ultra-efficient water heater that comes with the 96% energy efficiency, mainly because of its design that utilizes the spiral-shaped and condensing heat exchanger. The availability of the side connections makes the unit suitable for use in recirculating systems.
The advanced electronic control comes with the large LCD
it shows the temperature and the error codes if the problem appears. As
opposed to the above models, Envirosense uses two
sacrificial rods for
better protection against corrosion. There is only one model available
and it comes with the most popular tank size of 50 gallons.
Envirosense power vent is also a 50-gal unit with the slightly lower efficiency, 90%, but still considered as ultra-high. The difference between this model and the above unit can be seen in its Intelli-Vent gas control with the silicon nitride hot surface igniter that is considered as indestructible, and lack of the LCD screen.
Both models have the same tank size, but the previous model has higher gas input, 100,000 vs. 76,000 and recovery rate, while the First Hour Rating is higher on Envirosense power vent models. This model is available in natural gas only, while the above model uses both natural gas and propane.
Polaris is the ultra-efficient gas water heater that utilizes the submerged combustion chamber with the spiral flue and is able to provide 95-96% thermal efficiency. All the John Wood gas water heaters utilize the metal tank, but not Polaris, it is equipped with the stainless steel tank that provides years of service and eliminates the need for the sacrificial anode rod.
The high quality gas burner produces less NOx gases and is durable due to better resistance to the stress. Polaris can be found in the capacity range from 34 to 50 gallons, all designed for use in potable water and space heating applications.
When you compare Polaris with the second best models, the Envirosense, you will see that the power input on Polaris is much higher 130,000 vs. 100,000 Btu, including the recovery rate; 166 GPH vs. 129 GPH.
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