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A. O. Smith launches high-efficiency water heating tour

ASHLAND CITY, TENN. — A. O. Smith this month (February 2011) will kick off the High Efficiency Revolution Tour, a two-year cross-country excursion showcasing the company's portfolio of high efficiency water heaters.

A. O. Smith has equipped an RV, appropriately named the High Efficiency Mobile Marketing Vehicle (MMV), with its high efficiency family of products. After its launch from Ashland City, Tenn., the tour will visit distributor/wholesaler locations, where contractors, plumbers, specifying engineers, builders and consumers are invited to visit the High Efficiency MMV and learn how A. O. Smith's new line is impacting the water heating industry.

The first leg of the High Efficiency Revolution Tour will travel across the western U.S., with its first stop in Sacramento, Calif., and ultimately make its way from coast to coast. The tour schedule can be found at

The High Efficiency Revolution Tour will feature A. O. Smith's high efficiency products, including Cirrex Solar Thermal Water Heating System, the Next Hybrid High Efficiency Gas, the Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump, the Effex High Efficiency Gas, Tankless and the Vertex Condensing Gas water heaters. Each of these units will be displayed in the High Efficiency Revolution Tour in an interactive learning environment.

Cirrex is an all-in-one solar thermal water heating system that simplifies specification and installation. With Solar Energy Factors up to 10.1, Cirrex is tax credit eligible through 2016.

Next Hybrid is the next generation in water heating, with a tankless engine and a small buffer tank, delivering the benefits of both technologies. Next Hybrid performs like a tankless unit but installs similar to conventional models. It handles peak hot water demand periods and provides homeowners the performance they expect from a tankless model.

Voltex is a hybrid electric design that integrates heat pump technology, making it twice as efficient as standard electric water heaters. The Energy Star qualified heater operates with an Energy Factor of 2.3.

The Effex uses a patented air intake system to produce the highest efficiency available for a standard atmospheric product. The Energy Star qualified Effex installs similar to a standard atmospheric model, but operates well above the standard efficiency with a .70 Energy Factor.

A. O. Smith offers a comprehensive line of standard and condensing tankless water heaters with higher efficiencies. All residential tankless models are Energy Star qualified and come with a 12-year limited warranty.

The Vertex is a residential gas-condensing water heater that combines an advanced internal heat exchanger with 100,000 Btuh input, resulting in 96% thermal efficiency.

Additional information about the High Efficiency Revolution Tour is available at

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