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Review: Neutra-Safe Vertical Condensate Neutralizer

Job Scope: Remote lake home with hydronics ceilings & panel radiators Dual-fuel system (Electric boiler w/ High efficiency back-up) Septic waste system for onsite waste removal The majority of new or replacement heating system installations include high efficiency condensing appliances. The condensate is produced as a product of the appliance operation; in this case the … Continue reading Review: Neutra-Safe Vertical Condensate Neutralizer

Massachusetts school achieves energy efficiency, lower heating costs

With failing oil-fired boilers and an aging, inefficient heating system, Elm Street School in Gardner, Mass., turned to modulating boilers from Weil-McLain to spark energy efficiencies and lower heating costs for the school. Built in 1923, Elm Street first served as a high school, but over the course of numerous years, the district converted the … Continue reading Massachusetts school achieves energy efficiency, lower heating costs

Neutra-Safe® Offers System Feeder, Vertical Neutralizer

Neutrasafe Corp., in Rockland, MA, now offers an automatic hydronic and thermal solar system feeder, in addition to their newly-expanded line of condensate neutralizers. The System Feeder introduces fluid and accurately maintains pressure in closed-loop systems. The easily-installed unit is designed for use with water or glycol solutions of up to 50 percent. A digital … Continue reading Neutra-Safe® Offers System Feeder, Vertical Neutralizer

Save energy costs by upgrading to higher efficiency commercial boiler

Property owners and facility managers can realize significant energy savings and improved comfort in a facility or building by upgrading a 20 to 30 year-old boiler with a new, more efficient unit. A more efficient new cast iron or high efficiency condensing boiler uses less fuel, and provides more comfort for the building occupants while … Continue reading Save energy costs by upgrading to higher efficiency commercial boiler

Uponor Heat-only Thermostat with Touchscreen

Available April 2016, the Uponor Heat-only Thermostat is designed for precise temperature control of hydronic radiant floor heating systems in residential applications. The thermostat includes a floor sensor to measure floor temperature for enhanced comfort and to protect the floor surface from overheating. The thermostat provides operative temperature sensing and two-wire power sharing for easier … Continue reading Uponor Heat-only Thermostat with Touchscreen

Weil-McLain: Helping contractors excel through training, products and services

Recently, I had the chance to “participate” in an onsite boiler training session at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. There I found Mike Gambill, commercial sales specialist, Weil-McLain, training the in-house university facility maintenance staff on one of the seven WM Ultra™ boilers Northwestern currently uses. Accompanying him was Julian Webb, product manager with Weil-McLain and … Continue reading Weil-McLain: Helping contractors excel through training, products and services

ECR International: Acquisition bolsters strategic positioning in marketplace

ECR International, with headquarters in Utica, manufactures heating and cooling products under a family of brand names including: Dunkirk, Utica Boilers, Olsen, Airco, Pennco, RetroAire, Argo and EMI. The company markets its products in the U.S., Canada and China. In December of 2015, company shareholders approved the sale of the company to BDR Thermea, Dutch … Continue reading ECR International: Acquisition bolsters strategic positioning in marketplace

U.S. Boilers celebrates opening of Engineering & Technology Center

  LANCASTER, PA — Last month, U.S. Boilers celebrated the grand opening of its Engineering & Technology Center. The U.S. Boiler Engineering Staff actually moved into their new facility in September, 2015. The new facility will provide the Engineering Department with additional space to house a growing staff which recently doubled in size, and will … Continue reading U.S. Boilers celebrates opening of Engineering & Technology Center

Grasser’s Plumbing and Heating provides radiant & DHW to municipal building

The city of Amboy, Ill. needed an in-floor radiant heating and domestic hot water (DHW) system, and Grasser’s Plumbing and Heating was more than happy to oblige. Grassers has been making customers happy for over a half of a century. In fact, and they have become one of the most successful and trusted plumbing and … Continue reading Grasser’s Plumbing and Heating provides radiant & DHW to municipal building

Taco Viridian 3452, ECM Circulator for Commercial Systems

Taco’s now-expanded ECM, wet rotor Viridian line includes the VR3452 high efficiency wet rotor variable speed circulator for chilled and hot water applications, offering up to 34 feet of shut-off head and 52 gpm flow.  All settings are accomplished with the user-friendly interface. The permanent magnet ECM motor saves up to 85% of the electrical … Continue reading Taco Viridian 3452, ECM Circulator for Commercial Systems

Mechanical Hub Onsite Video Series — Ridgeway Home Services

  Mechanical Hub is proud to present its first Onsite Video. In this first video, the guys visit with Jason Ridgeway, owner of Ridgeway Home Services, to discuss a 24,000-sq.-ft. custom residential job on beautiful Geneva Lake in Fontana, Wis. Two years in the works, learn how Ridgeway and his crew installed 55-tons of geothermal … Continue reading Mechanical Hub Onsite Video Series — Ridgeway Home Services

Elementary school calls for boiler and stack retrofit

The 130,000-sq.-ft. Elm Street School in Gardner, Mass.—built in 1923—had failing oil-fired boilers, and a stack that defied physical principles and noise complaints. “One of the owner complaints was wet steam and banging. The previous system had a reputation for noise at certain points in the operation, notably start-up,” says Bradford White, senior mechanical engineer, … Continue reading Elementary school calls for boiler and stack retrofit

December Coffee with Caleffi date set

December Webinar Completes Component Selection Series Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, training and education manager, completes a two-part boiler component selection series on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 12 noon CST concentrating on key components used in renewable energy hydronic systems, how they work and their application considerations. For over 30 years, Rohr has installed plumbing, radiant … Continue reading December Coffee with Caleffi date set

Condensate Management for Condensing Appliances

During the past decade, the number of condensing boilers, furnaces and water heaters being installed has continued to rise every year. All indications are that this trend will continue and in some cases is already mandated by federal authorities. Provisions for dealing with the corrosive condensate from these appliances are covered by the Plumbing Codes … Continue reading Condensate Management for Condensing Appliances

Updated: The importance of neutralizing condensate produced by high efficiency gas fired appliances

Most new residential and commercial heating and hot water systems include a furnace, boiler or domestic water heater of the high efficiency condensing type. Condensing appliances extract additional BTUs from the water vapor in the flue gas. When the flue gas drops below its dew point of approximately 135 degrees Fahrenheit, it starts to condense … Continue reading Updated: The importance of neutralizing condensate produced by high efficiency gas fired appliances

Geo-Flo Hydro-Connect System

Geo-Flo Products Corporation announces the Hydro-Connect™ System, designed specifically for geothermal water-to-water heat pumps and low mass boilers. Hydro-Connect is an engineered solution to simplify hydronic design by providing Integrated Controls, Outdoor Temperature Reset, Warm Weather Shut Down and Zoning with a 50 gallon Stainless Steel Buffer Tank. The tank is enclosed in a powder-coated … Continue reading Geo-Flo Hydro-Connect System

Custom residential: Tropical Heating and Air Conditioning

Recently, Toronto has had more high-rise construction projects underway than any other North American city. Last year alone, according to Canadian media, there were 130 high-rise buildings in progress. In the first quarter of 2015, the trend seems to continue. So it’s no surprise that Toronto’s suburbs are alive with the sounds of saws and … Continue reading Custom residential: Tropical Heating and Air Conditioning

New Grundfos PACOpaQ Offers Fully-integrated, Intelligent HVAC Packaged System

The Grundfos PACOpaQ is a fully-integrated and compact HVAC packaged pumping system designed for chilled and hot water distribution, condenser water, geothermal loop, district heating and cooling and many other water-based systems. The system pairs reliable centrifugal pumps with the intelligence and efficiency of a dedicated HVAC control, which automatically determines the most efficient speed … Continue reading New Grundfos PACOpaQ Offers Fully-integrated, Intelligent HVAC Packaged System

RPA to Host ‘Basics of Radiant Heating and Cooling’ Class for Prospective Radiant Installers

Mokena, Ill. – The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) will hold a one-day “Basics of Radiant Heating and Cooling” presentation on Thursday, Oct. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Taco Inc. training facilities in Cranston, R.I. The first in a series of classes designed to educate RPA members on the requirements of the ASSE International … Continue reading RPA to Host ‘Basics of Radiant Heating and Cooling’ Class for Prospective Radiant Installers

Straw bale home meets energy efficiency challenges

A leading solar integrator in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, Solar Gain Services has been offering solar thermal and photovoltaics to commercial and residential clients since 2007. When co-owner Luke Christy—NABCEP certified as both a solar heating installer and as a PV installation professional—received a call from a homeowner in Sagauche, Colo., to … Continue reading Straw bale home meets energy efficiency challenges

Don’t miss the Modern Hydronics — Summit 2015

Check out Modern Hydronics – Summit 2015 for a one-of-a-kind conference and trade show dedicated exclusively to the hydronics market. Conveniently located at the International Centre by Toronto’s Pearson Airport, you’ll see demonstrations of the latest technologies and products from industry leading manufacturers, learn from informative speakers, network with colleagues and experts, enjoy lunch, dinner and … Continue reading Don’t miss the Modern Hydronics — Summit 2015

Cooling alternatives to conventional air conditioning systems

Radiant cooling has been utilized in commercial cooling settings for more than 20 years. A very active, very large airport — Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Thailand — has been successfully using radiant cooling for two decades. Radiant cooling works in much the same way that radiant heating works. Most people who have basements have experienced … Continue reading Cooling alternatives to conventional air conditioning systems

Grundfos Heat Exchangers

Grundfos provides a full range of gasketed and brazed plate heat exchangers designed for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and cooling applications. Versatile and reliable gasketed plate heat exchangers feature wavelike corrugation for optimal fluid distribution, leading to the highest heat transfer rates at the lowest pressure drops. A compact and economic option, brazed heat exchangers are … Continue reading Grundfos Heat Exchangers

Back to the Basics: Addressing the fundamentals of fuel gases

I am going to address the fundamentals of some of the different fuel gases and also a little bit of the history of the gas industry which as you know is very closely tied to the oil industry. Addressed here are the advantages, safety requirements, applications, characteristics, combustion, codes and standards. I will in addition … Continue reading Back to the Basics: Addressing the fundamentals of fuel gases

Heat loss calculation on every residential boiler replacement?

Do you do a heat loss calculation on every replacement job? Should you? Everyone will say you absolutely, positively a must! At the risk of being excommunicated from the Hydronic Brethren, I’ll say not always, and, depending on the type of work you do, maybe never. How can that be possible? I live and work … Continue reading Heat loss calculation on every residential boiler replacement?

From the field: Hanse Hotel — Attendorn, Germany

While visiting the ISH Show in Frankfurt, Germany, I was fortunate enough to take some extra time to visit the Aquatherm manufacturing facility in Attendorn, Germany. And, one of the many highlights of the trip included visiting the mechanical room at the Hanse Hotel, which incorporated many of the Aquatherm products on the market today. … Continue reading From the field: Hanse Hotel — Attendorn, Germany

Forget the sheep; 2015 becomes year of efficiency

2015 marks a year defined by energy efficiency with the April deadline on the NAECA water heating standards, the pump industry moving toward higher efficiencies and products reaching levels of energy standards not seen until now. NAECA standards According to Rheem, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation … Continue reading Forget the sheep; 2015 becomes year of efficiency

Mobile Payment Options for Professional Contractors

It’s been about three years now that I’ve been regularly ordering truck stock and job material online for my small plumbing business. I order through a very large, nationwide plumbing & heating supply company via their website and accumulate points I can use toward merchandise. The reward program also offers discounts for goods and services … Continue reading Mobile Payment Options for Professional Contractors

More Regulation? The Final Rule: 2015 Water Heater Efficiency Standards

The new 2015 DOE (Department of Energy) Final Rule energy efficiency mandates will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape. These changes will have an impact on how water heaters are manufactured, distributed and installed, affecting manufacturers, wholesalers, … Continue reading More Regulation? The Final Rule: 2015 Water Heater Efficiency Standards

I ain’t the wolfman: John Barba sets the benchmark in contractor training

By John Mesenbrink To say that he is good at what he does would be an understatement. John Barba, Taco’s Contractor Training & Trade Program Manager, is one of those industry “lifers” that teaches and trains as vehemently as he cares about the industry in which he “serves.” And if you meet him in person, … Continue reading I ain’t the wolfman: John Barba sets the benchmark in contractor training

The Switch: From Rock Star to Heating Contractor Extraordinaire

This is the fascinating true story of Derek Moore, former bassist for the 1970’s band, Nektar, and his transition into the plumbing and heating industry. Derek is now president of Reissmann Plumbing & Heating Inc. and Alpha One Construction in Chester, N.J. Derek used to tour the world and lived the “glamorous” life of a … Continue reading The Switch: From Rock Star to Heating Contractor Extraordinaire

Parallel variable speed constant pressure pumps answer at non-profit agency

This story has to do with a lot of people doing the wrong thing at different points in time, and the waste and consequences, and eventual satisfactory resolution to the problem. The story begins back in the late 1960s. A young, first-year engineer was given the task of designing the hydronic heating system for a … Continue reading Parallel variable speed constant pressure pumps answer at non-profit agency

Grundfos Launches CM, CME Pump Assembly in Pennsylvania

Grundfos Launches CM, CME Pump Assembly in Pennsylvania ALLENTOWN, Pa. — In an effort to better serve customers’ needs through expanded capacity, Grundfos has begun assembling its CM and CME horizontal multistage close-coupled pumps at its facility in Allentown, Pa., which serves as the main distribution center for the North American region. Plans are currently … Continue reading Grundfos Launches CM, CME Pump Assembly in Pennsylvania

Soldering of No-Lead Copper Alloy Fittings, Valves and Components

With the help of Andrew  Kireta, Jr., CDA vice president and Dale Powell, CDA project manager, The Copper Development Association (CDA) presents this video entitled Soldering of No-Lead Copper Alloy Fittings, Valves and Components, which not only demonstrates the proper soldering techniques for new alloys, but offers an explanation as to why they must be treated … Continue reading Soldering of No-Lead Copper Alloy Fittings, Valves and Components

New commercial water heating systems designed for the times

Not long ago, contractors, engineers and building owners were routinely challenged by an inability to easily place and locate commercial water heaters.  The limitations of atmospherically-vented systems, facility design, aesthetics and close proximity to other buildings all factored-in. Today it’s not uncommon for managers, late in the game, to express an aversion to visible venting, … Continue reading New commercial water heating systems designed for the times

Foley Mechanical, Inc. performs residential radiant makeover

The owner of this DC-metro area home is European and he grew up in hydronically heated homes. His current residence is a 1970’s vintage contemporary home with gas forced-air heat. He was tired of the high fuel bills, noise and, primarily, the discomfort of the forced-air system. In particular, the family room addition was very … Continue reading Foley Mechanical, Inc. performs residential radiant makeover

Dark Horse Brewery largest solar power-driven brewery on East Coast

Patriot Solar Group (PSG) has teamed up with Contractors Building Supply, The Green Brewery Project, and The Dark Horse Brewing Company to create the first solar power-driven brewery on the East Coast.  The 40 kilowatt, 140 panel system has helped generate solar energy and aid in the formation of the Dark Horse growler. Setting Themselves Apart … Continue reading Dark Horse Brewery largest solar power-driven brewery on East Coast