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    I am looking for a power direct vent heater, 60-75 gal, with a 65k or higher burner. Must be Energy Star, which means EF=.67 or better. Does not need to be condensing.

    I've identified the Rheem PDV65 as a possible candidate but it doesn't meet the Energy Star.

    Does anyone know of, or can recommend any heaters that meet these criteria? Thanks.

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    Bradford White makes a few that probably meet those requirements...I know they had a few that met the energy credit requirements for the Federal program last year, and one prerequisite was Energy Star qualification.
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    Actually no. Not any that I can find.

    It seems Bradford's direct vent heaters (2-pipe) are less efficient than their power vent heaters, at least according to figures on their website.

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    Ok, apparently nothing out there. Looks like I might have to go into a condensing unit.

    Let me try a different question: Why is the Bradford condensing heater well over twice as expensive as the AOSmith Vertex?

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