A. O. Smith’s updated line of Voltex hybrid electric heat pump water heaters features a duct kit attachment compatible with all models. It eliminates the space requirements by allowing contractors to pipe air in and exhaust air out of adjacent rooms. The northern climate engineering and duct kit accessory will enable installers to recommend the energy-efficient heat pump in more residential applications with fewer limitations tied to space and local temperatures. Though the models maintain the same profile, contractors will notice some style changes, including better plastic doors and a redesigned junction box.

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