Product Spotlight

Lochinvar announces the launch of its XCalibur™ Condensing High Efficiency Tankless Water Heaters with X3® Scale Prevention Technology. Bringing to market new premium features, including an integrated recirculation pump and patented heat exchanger; enhanced installation flexibility and high efficiency performance, the XCalibur tankless water heater supports busy contractors and homeowners. Available in 160,000-; 180,000-, and Read more

Lochinvar announces the launch of its XCalibur Condensing High Efficiency Tankless Water Heaters with X3® Scale Prevention Technology. Bringing to market new premium features, including an integrated recirculation pump and patented heat exchanger; enhanced installation flexibility and high efficiency performance, the XCalibur tankless water heater supports busy contractors and homeowners.

Available in 160,000-; 180,000-, and 199,000-BTU/hr units and a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) of 0.95, the XCalibur line of premium tankless water heaters fits a variety of installation needs. Patented X3 Scale Prevention Technology comes standard on three XCalibur models. Other models are available with X3 Technology as an optional accessory. X3 Scale Prevention Technology inhibits scale build-up and corrosion to extend the life of the unit up to three times longer. The XCalibur tankless water heater requires zero lifetime descaling maintenance, meeting the needs of busy contractors and homeowners. XCalibur units also qualify for state and local rebates and are ENERGY STAR®certified.

“With every product we offer, Lochinvar advances the technology and features available to contractors to improve their day-to-day life, and the XCalibur does just that,” said Lochinvar Senior Product Manager Rhea-Anne Pendley. “Thanks to its installation flexibility and X3 Scale Prevention Technology, contractors can now directly address a homeowner’s needs. Contractors no longer have to return to their wholesaler for a different unit or return to a jobsite for scale maintenance—saving time and money.”

To enhance installation flexibility, the XCalibur line offers two- and three-inch dual pipe direct venting, ½- and ¾-inch gas line options and universal indoor/outdoor installation. The unit is designed so it can be converted from natural gas to liquid propane in the field with the included kit. All of these features work together to provide plumbing professionals with exceptional installation flexibility when working in the field. Plumbers now have a unit that conforms on the spot to fit their needs, regardless of install location, fuel type or existing venting.

XCalibur tankless water heaters also include several high-end features frequently requested by homeowners, including Wi-Fi capability for remote monitoring and peace of mind and an integrated recirculation pump that provides instant hot water and eliminates the time homeowners typically spend waiting at their fixture for water to heat up.

To learn more about Lochinvar’s XCalibur Condensing High Efficiency Tankless Water Heater with X3 Scale Prevention Technology, visit www.Lochinvar.com or XCalibur Condensing High Efficiency Tankless Water Heaters with X3® Scale Prevention Technology.

hydrovar X-enabled series advances sustainability and simplicity with highest efficiencies and tech-forward components Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, is leading innovation in hydronic system solutions with the debut of its hydrovar X-enabled line of smart, connected products designed to improve the sustainability of commercial buildings and reduce complexity in the design process. The pump Read more

hydrovar X-enabled series advances sustainability and simplicity with highest efficiencies and tech-forward components

Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, is leading innovation in hydronic system solutions with the debut of its hydrovar X-enabled line of smart, connected products designed to improve the sustainability of commercial buildings and reduce complexity in the design process. The pump plus smart motor combinations launched with Bell & Gossett’s e1510 end-suction pump, e-80 vertical in-line pump and TECHNOFORCE™ e-HV packaged booster system at AHR Expo 2024, representing another important step forward in Bell & Gossett’s commitment to Building Better Futures.

“Bell & Gossett recognizes the criticality of reducing the carbon footprint of our built environment and that advancing decarbonization requires designing our new products with sustainability and serviceability in mind,” said Dave Flinton, Xylem vice president of operational excellence. “The new hydrovar X-enabled smart pump solution embodies this commitment to Building Better Futures by combining the inherent efficiency of hydronic systems with industry-leading technologies, all backed by the trusted performance that the Bell & Gossett name is known for.”

As the industry’s first and only system with a modular design that enables independent replacement of motor or drive, the hydrovar X-enabled products all feature a common interface and drive platform for easy commissioning and installation, along with additional features and benefits including:

  • Integrated motor-drive combo featuring quick connect components reduces the complexities, time and resources associated with selecting pumps, motors and drives separately.
  • Built-in application software allows for virtually any configuration of pumps for maximum serviceability and ease of use.
  • The highest efficiency IE5 ultra-premium motors that provide a powerful and compact footprint, saving valuable space within mechanical rooms.
  • Sustainability-forward, market-leading motor technology that doesn’t use rare earth metals.
  • Under typical operating conditions, the e-1510X Smart Pump delivers annual reductions of up to 380 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

The e-1510X and e-80X Smart Pumps, and e-HVX/e-HVXR boosters kick off the new line, with more hydrovar X-enabled products scheduled for future release.

“The modern mechanical room requires intelligent, connected products that can meet evolving commercial building standards and energy-efficient requirements,” Flinton said. “Boasting the highest efficiency and flexibility in the market, the hydrovar X-enabled series of products delivers simplicity, ease of serviceability and most importantly, a sustainable design that supports reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

To learn more about Bell & Gossett’s products and solution, as well as its Building Better Futures platform and its commitment to comprehensive service solutions addressing the full scope of modern commercial building challenges, visit https://bellgossett.com/buildingbetter.

For more information about Bell & Gossett products, visit https://bellgossett.com or locate a trusted B&G Representative at https://bellgossett.com/findarep.

NIBCO INC. announces new connection options for its existing Webstone Y-strainer products. The new Webstone lead-free, dezincification-resistant (DZR) strainers are available with new G-thread bodies that are compatible with a host of fittings and accessories for a custom installation, providing users with flexibility. Options include a forged DZR brass Y-strainer and the patented Pro-Pal® Ball Drain Read more

NIBCO INC. announces new connection options for its existing Webstone Y-strainer products.

The new Webstone lead-free, dezincification-resistant (DZR) strainers are available with new G-thread bodies that are compatible with a host of fittings and accessories for a custom installation, providing users with flexibility.

Options include a forged DZR brass Y-strainer and the patented Pro-Pal® Ball Drain Strainer™; an integrated ball valve, capped hose drain, and Y-strainer that isolates, drains, and strains any portion of a piped system. Also available are Y-strainers with sweat connections.

“This line expansion is a direct response to our customers’ feedback,” said Lisa Lyon, Webstone general manager. “After introducing the original set of strainers, the case for additional models in the sweat connection was made by our partners in the field. At the same time, customers also enjoy the flexibility of our G-Series products, which expand the size range, connection types, and application options of products featuring straight-thread bodies. We saw this as our opportunity to offer customizable solutions for strainer applications. We’re proud of our commitment to continuously enhance the Webstone product line to meet the needs of our customers.”

Deliver your customers smart thermostat upgrades and furnace to heat pump conversions without the hassle of pulling wire, patching walls, or replacing batteries with the Invita® WiFi Thermostat 564. Using just two wires from any living space, Invita easily connects to the included HVAC Interface Module (HIM), empowering homeowners with real-time remote monitoring, setting adjustments Read more

Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, is proud to announce the next generation of small circulators for the residential heating market with the introduction of the Grundfos Digital NEXT range. Both circulators have been rated with the highest Energy Rating in the market at 193, revolutionizing the market by delivering enhanced efficiency and performance and Read more

Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, is proud to announce the next generation of small circulators for the residential heating market with the introduction of the Grundfos Digital NEXT range. Both circulators have been rated with the highest Energy Rating in the market at 193, revolutionizing the market by delivering enhanced efficiency and performance and offering the highest wire-to-water efficiency available today.

“To ensure our customers are ready for whatever comes next, Grundfos is transforming the future of circulator pumps with the Digital NEXT range,” said Chris Skeen, Grundfos Product Management Director, Small Circulators. “We’ve added powerful features. The Grundfos UPSe and ALPHA both provide automatic self-venting, dry-run protection, robust startup, and improved wiring. The new ALPHA comes with enhanced AUTOADAPT, guided setup, firmware updates, and the ability to replace 90 percent of pumps in this performance space, making it the only residential heating pump needed on the service truck. ”

Main features of the UPSe and new ALPHA:

  • Best-in-class Hydraulic Institute Energy Rating in the market: 193
  • Improved wiring for easier installation with a toolless power connector
  • Automatic self-venting eliminates the risk of air in the pump
  • Robust startup
  • Dry-run protection
  • Troubleshooting aid with alarm and warning lights

The ALPHA pump also includes:

  • Bluetooth connectivity and a touch-screen interface
  • Guided setup for energy savings while maintaining comfort
  • Firmware updates
  • Improved AUTOADAPT for faster setup and improved energy efficiency
  • Min, max, and constant flow settings for faster setup
  • Improved system air venting for faster setup
  • Display showing flow, power, and head for faster troubleshooting
  • Trend data and event log for faster and easier system troubleshooting

“Innovation and sustainability have always been vital to the Grundfos ethos. As the global industry leader, we are driven to deliver value and impact to the markets we serve,” said Omar Bulnes, Grundfos Senior Regional Sales Director for the Americas, Domestic Buildings Division. “The rich features and benefits of the new UPSe and digital ALPHA — including the highest energy rating in the market today — exemplify our commitment to adding value and comfort to our customers’ lives.”

For more information about the Grundfos UPSe and ALPHA, visit grundfos.us/digitalnext.