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Johnny Unitas Jr. Turns to A. O. Smith for Game-Changing Savings

February 24, 2023

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Baltimore, MD— Johnny Unitas Jr., son of legendary NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas, was seeking a new high-efficiency water heater for his Baltimore, Maryland home. Because of the Unitas family’s long-standing relationship with A. O. Smith through the company’s sponsorship of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, he knew right away that he wanted an A. O. Smith water heater installed in his home. To ensure top-notch performance, energy efficiency and utility savings, Unitas decided to install A. O. Smith’s newest and most efficient residential water heater, the Voltex® AL (anti-leak) Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH).

The A. O. Smith team

“It was an easy choice to make—they’re the best in the business and my old heater didn’t come close, Johnny Unitas Jr. said. “My family’s partnership with A. O. Smith goes back many years, so I know they’re a brand I can trust with my home’s hot water needs."

A. O. Smith remains a long-standing sponsor of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award — a prestigious honor that recognizes the nation’s top upperclassmen quarterback in college football. It made sense for Unitas Jr. to go with an A. O. Smith water heater — he knew the unit would provide reliable performance and peace-of-mind for his family.

After learning that the Voltex AL HPWH could save him up to 78% on water heating bills, Unitas Jr. knew that the unit was the right choice for his home. Contractors at W.L. Staton Plumbing, Heating and Cooling of Annapolis, Maryland, removed the previous 15-year-old unit and installed the Voltex AL HPWH in his basement. Installation was simplified thanks to the product’s versatile, zero-clearance design and top and front water connections. As the industry’s only residential heat pump water heater with both top and front connections, the Voltex AL model is a great option for plumbers looking to replace a standard water heater with a heat pump water heater. The installation flexibility decreases the time and effort required to install the product in both existing and new homes.

To learn more about Voltex AL, visit the product page.

About A. O. Smith

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