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Power Vent vs. Direct Vent Water Heaters

Power Vent vs. Direct Vent Water Heaters

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Here at Water Heaters Now, we fully understand how hard it can be to choose a water heater. There are so many different types to choose from! Two of the most popular water heaters are the direct vent and the power vent. What are the differences between the two? Which one should I choose? Let Water Heaters Now give you the information you need to make an informed decision!


Direct Vent

Direct vent water heaters vent their exhaust gasses through a chimney or exhaust pipe leading out of the house. Since the exhaust is lighter than cool air, it rises naturally up through the vent outside. Since it doesn’t require any additional power, direct vent water heaters tend to have cheaper heating costs. However, it has strict requirements on where it can be placed due to the requirement of an exhaust pipe.


Power Vent

Power vent water heaters use a fan or blower to help remove exhaust gasses from the heater. This setup lets gasses be pushed through horizontal exhaust pipes. This makes the setup more flexible since you aren’t restrained by needing a chimney. Power vent heaters also don’t have to worry about backdraft unless the vent has a problem.


However, there are some drawbacks. Because they need more to run (electricity, wiring, and parts,) they’ll cost more overall. Speaking of electricity, the water heater won’t run if the fan has no electricity. Power vent water heaters can also be noisy, which may be a problem for some people.


Which one is better?

It’s hard to say which one is better. The primary factor on which one to choose depends on your access to a vertical vent or chimney. If you do, you’ll have some choice in the matter. If not, you’ll most likely be using a power vent water heater. Still unsure about which to choose? Ask one of the professionals at Water Heaters Now to help you out!

By Brian Renadette


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