Big Power, Small Package. According to Rheem, the 29-gallon XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater exceeds the performance of most 50-gallon water heaters but costs less to operate than any standard 30-, 40-, or 50-gallon model. The appliance has an Energy Factor of .70, a first-hour rating of 90 gallons, and a recovery rate of 61 gallons per hour (at a 90°F rise in temperature). The company attributes the XR90’s efficiency to a baffle and flue design that retains the burner’s heat longer. Pricing ranges from $750 to $950. Rheem Manufacturing Co., 800/621-5622, rheem.com
Safer Spray-Foam Cleaner. Touch ’n Seal now offers a more environmentally friendly way to clean uncured spray foam from hands, tools, and applicator guns. Poly-Clean is VOC-free and nonirritating to skin, says the manufacturer. The can is compatible with all standard applicator guns and includes a removable spray tip for cleaning the gun’s...
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