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Why the IBC SFT 199 Tankless Water Heater is the Ideal Upgrade for Homes with Power Vents

Upgrading your home’s water heater is more than just a functional decision—it’s an investment in the efficiency, sustainability, and comfort of your living environment. If your home is already equipped with a power vent water heater, one model stands out as an exceptional choice for an upgrade: the IBC SFT 199 Tankless Water Heater.

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Before diving into why the IBC SFT 199 is an ideal upgrade, it’s essential to understand what a power vent water heater is, as it’s a term you’ll often come across when exploring replacement options.

What is a Power Vent Water Heater?

The Basics

A power vent water heater is a type of gas water heater that uses a fan or blower to assist in expelling exhaust gases. Unlike traditional atmospheric vent systems, which rely on natural draft, a power vent model uses a fan to push these gases through a venting pipe. This allows for more flexible installation options, as the vent pipe can be horizontal and can run longer distances.

Identifying Features

  1. Fan or Blower Assembly: You’ll typically see a fan or blower attached to the top of the unit.
  2. Venting Pipe: The venting can often be in PVC, adding to installation flexibility.
  3. Electrical Connection: These units require an electrical outlet to power the fan, so you’ll usually see an electrical cord in addition to gas and water connections.

Common Usage

Power vent water heaters are generally installed in homes that do not have vertical vents or in locations where traditional venting systems are impractical to install. They are especially common in newly built homes and are a popular choice for retrofitting.

Knowing that your existing water heater uses a power vent system helps you better understand your upgrade options and why the IBC SFT 199 is a standout choice.

Below, we delve into why this specific water heater can significantly improve your household’s hot water experience and also explore how adding a Scale RX to your system can further enhance its longevity.

Water heaters are an essential part of any home, providing the luxury of hot water for showers, dishes, and laundry.  Here’s why the IBC SFT-199 is the perfect upgrade for your home.

Energy Efficiency: A Leap Forward

Traditional water heaters with tanks operate continuously to maintain a large volume of hot water, leading to energy wastage. The IBC SFT-199, being a tankless model, heats water on-demand. This eliminates the need to keep gallons of water hot around the clock, thereby reducing energy consumption.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that tankless water heaters can be up to 34% more efficient for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily. This efficiency translates into substantial savings on your energy bills over time.

Space-Saving Design: Reclaim Your Space

One of the most apparent benefits of the IBC SFT-199 tankless water heater is its compact size. Unlike bulky tank water heaters that require a dedicated area, this unit can be conveniently wall-mounted, freeing up valuable floor space for other uses. This is particularly beneficial for homes with limited space or for those looking to declutter.


A common concern about tankless water heaters is whether they can provide hot water to multiple users simultaneously. The IBC SFT-199 addresses this concern with a flow rate of up to 5.2 gallons per minute (GPM), making it more than capable of handling the demands of most households. From multiple showers to running the dishwasher, this tankless water heater can keep up without breaking a sweat.


Traditional tank water heaters generally have a lifespan of 10-15 years, depending on the water quality and maintenance. Tankless models like the IBC SFT-199 often outlast their tank counterparts, offering up to 20 years or more of service life. This longevity makes the initial investment in a tankless system more cost-effective over time.

Seamless Transition

One of the biggest selling points for homes with existing power vent systems is the relatively low upgrade cost. Typically, replacing a power vent water heater with the IBC SFT-199 tankless model will cost you less than $300 extra in most cases. The small price bump is easily offset by the long-term savings, performance benefits, and added convenience.


If you’re looking to replace your existing power vent water heater, the IBC SFT-199 tankless water heater is a compelling upgrade. Its high-efficiency operation, space-saving design, robust performance, and extended lifespan make it a wise investment for any homeowner. Given the low cost to upgrade, the decision to switch is all the more straightforward.

Simple – Reliable – Efficient

The IBC SFT-199 tankless water heater is more than just an alternative to traditional water heaters; it’s a significant upgrade that modernizes your home’s heating capabilities while offering substantial long-term benefits. For homes with existing power vent systems, the transition is not just smooth but also economically sensible. Upgrade to the IBC SFT-199 and experience the future of home water heating today.

Enhancing Longevity with Scale RX

Tankless Water Heater ScaleRX Fry HVACWhile tankless water heaters generally last longer than their tank-based counterparts, they are still susceptible to issues like scaling, especially in areas with hard water. Scale deposits can impede water flow and reduce heating efficiency. This is where Scale RX comes into play.

Chemical-Free Treatment

Scale RX uses Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) to treat hard water. Unlike traditional methods, it does this without the use of chemicals or salt, making it an eco-friendly option.

Increases Efficiency and Lifespan

By preventing scale build-up, Scale RX ensures that your IBC SFT 199 operates at optimal efficiency. This not only prolongs the lifespan of your tankless water heater but also maintains its high energy efficiency, thereby lowering your utility costs.

Easy Installation

Installing a Scale RX system on the incoming cold water line is relatively simple, and the benefits it offers in prolonging your tankless system’s efficiency and lifespan make it a worthy investment.

Proven Performance

Upgrading to an IBC SFT 199 Tankless Water Heater is a decision that pays dividends in performance, efficiency, and long-term cost savings, particularly for homes already equipped with a power vent system. Adding a Scale RX to your system provides an extra layer of protection against scaling, enhancing your investment’s lifespan and efficiency. It’s not just an upgrade; it’s an investment in a more sustainable and efficient home.

About Fry Heating & Cooling: A fully licensed and certified contractor in the Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing industry, ardently adheres to a Christ-centric organizational philosophy. Our faith-based foundation guides us in every aspect of our operations, driving us to serve our regional market with dedication, compassion, and integrity. We are steadfast in our commitment to providing Fast, Friendly, and Fair services to all our clients, ensuring prompt responsiveness, exceptional customer engagement, and equitable pricing. Our standards of professionalism and goodwill reflect our aspiration to honor our faith in our daily conduct, while exceeding the expectations of our customers.

At Fry Heating & Cooling, our team of certified technicians specializes in a comprehensive range of HVAC, plumbing, and commercial RTU services, including installation, repair, and maintenance of air conditioning systems, furnaces, heat pumps, indoor air quality products, plumbing systems, commercial rooftop units and generators. With a legacy of excellence and a commitment to customer satisfaction, we are your one-stop solution for all your indoor comfort needs.

Fry Heating & Cooling is proud to service the top 10 residential HVAC OEMs delivering unparalleled customer satisfaction and industry-leading expertise. As a premier HVAC contractor, we specialize in servicing and installing top-rated brands such as CarrierTrane, Lennox, Goodman, RheemYork, Daikin, American Standard, Bryant, and Amana. 

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