The Brigade (made in USA) is one of the most efficient yet compact water heater on the market. In addition to the ultra compact footprint, the Brigade has a 7:1 turndown ratio. With this impressive modulation capability, the unit will not over-cycle which will prolong its life-cycle.
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With a circulator pump, the Brigade will operate more efficiently and will not experience over-cycling issues commonly prevalent in tank-type water heaters. It has been an established fact that hot water rises to the top of the storage tank and the cooler water remains in the bottom. This results in two different temperature zones inside the tank. Therefore the water heater is forced to cycle on and off to maintain the temperature set-point. Conversely, with a circulator pump the Brigade will last longer than any other water heater. Brigade's robust design with only a 25 gallon buffer tank inside the heat exchanger and a circulator pump eliminates many concerns common in tank-type water heaters. The water is never stagnant and the temperature is constantly being blended.
One of PVI’s newest water heaters, with the smallest footprint in the industry. The Brigade (made in USA) is capable of satisfying various building hot-water demands 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 and 25-gallon storage tank are made from PVi’s AquaPlex and is backed by a full 6-year warranty, double that of commercial tank water heater competitive 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 services.
Unlike the Brigade, 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-year warranty 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 3-4 year range. All glass lined water heaters require cathodic protection due to the porosity of the 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 electronic 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. Especially whilst dealing in a restaurant setting where NSF5 is a requirement, the Brigade is fully compliant without any modifications making it the go to restaurant water heater.
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