Product Spotlight

Bosch Thermotechnology introduces its first-ever non-condensing gas furnace, rounding out the company’s product portfolio with a complete residential system for heating and cooling. The Bosch 80% AFUE Gas Furnace, BGS80 Series offers a compact size and four-way multipoise design, making it an ideal replacement for aging non-condensing furnaces. With a cabinet height of 33.75 inches and a Read More

Bosch Thermotechnology introduces its first-ever non-condensing gas furnace, rounding out the company’s product portfolio with a complete residential system for heating and cooling. The Bosch 80% AFUE Gas Furnace, BGS80 Series offers a compact size and four-way multipoise design, making it an ideal replacement for aging non-condensing furnaces.

With a cabinet height of 33.75 inches and a multipoise design, the Bosch furnace can fit into tight places, including basements, attics and crawl spaces, allowing for easy integration into homes. The unit’s control board is equipped with LED Fault Codes, which display common errors as combinations of LED “flashes,” making it easy for contractors to quickly diagnose, troubleshoot and service units.

Features include:

  • Compact Size – Cabinet height of 33.75 inches allows for easy integration in tight places
  • Energy Efficient – Converts up to 80 percent of the fuel purchased to heat a home
  • Complete System – Integrate Bosch BGS80 Furnace with its IDS Outdoor Units and Cased Coils
  • Quick Diagnostics – LED Fault Codes displays common errors as combination of LED “flashes”

“Bosch continuously seeks ways to enhance our product portfolio,” said Goncalo Costa, director of air conditioning regional business unit, North America at Bosch Thermotechnology. “Our customers have been asking for Bosch to design a non-condensing gas furnace for their homes, and contractors wanted to be able to offer them one. This new offering fills those gaps, and represents another step in Bosch’s product portfolio journey.”

The furnace offers numerous installation conveniences for contractors. All units come standard with a natural gas-to-LP conversion kit, making the unit field configurable. The design features a left- or right-hand connection for gas and electric service, and the furnace comes equipped with a removable bottom closure panel for bottom return applications and knockout holes to aid in left/right return applications.

Consumer benefits include lower energy bills, as the furnace converts up to 80 percent of the fuel purchased to heat a home, and peace of mind, with a 20-year limited warranty on the heat exchanger and a 5-year* limited warranty on parts. Pairing the furnace with Bosch IDS Outdoor Units** and Cased Coils** allows the heating and cooling system to switch between fuel sources, keeping homeowners comfortable in any temperature and saving money.

*10-year limited parts warranty, if product is registered within 60 days of installation, see boschheatingandcooling.com for full limited warranty details.

**IDS Outdoor Units (BOVA Models) and Cased Coils (BMAC Models)

The Kapro Tools 905 Condor™ Box Level features Kapro’s patented OPTIVISION® Red technology. The high contrast ratio between the red bubble and vial liquid in Kapro’s solid acrylic vials makes visibility up to eight times easier than clear liquid vials with white backgrounds. OPTIVISION Red: Creates highly visible red bubble edges for exact placement between Read More

The Kapro Tools 905 Condor™ Box Level features Kapro’s patented OPTIVISION® Red technology. The high contrast ratio between the red bubble and vial liquid in Kapro’s solid acrylic vials makes visibility up to eight times easier than clear liquid vials with white backgrounds.

OPTIVISION Red:

  • Creates highly visible red bubble edges for exact placement between the reading lines and optimal vision in bright and low light
  • High contrast ratio between the bubble and vial liquid for faster leveling and more precise results
  • Tilted angle of the vial for a direct line of sight
  • UV resistant, no chemical additives that fade overtime, the vial will always maintain its original color contrast and visibility
  • Reading lines painted inside the vial for guaranteed precision

Other features include a Plumb Site® Dual-View™ vial with RedEffect™ to provide the only true plumb view, and a reinforced aluminum profile with a finely milled surface and an Ergo Grip™ rubber handle.

Other Key Features Include:

  • Two Solid acrylic shockproof vials including
    • OPTIVISION® Red tilted horizontal vial with gradient lines of up to 2%
    • Plumb Site® Dual-View™ vial with RedEffect™ for a clear plumb view
  • Accuracy with reversibility: 0.5mm/m (0.0005 “/”)
  • A finely milled surface on lengths up to 120cm (48″)
  • Bridge at horizontal vial reinforces the profile
  • Continuous marking edge
  • Ergo Grip™ rubber handle
  • Wall-grip feature
  • Oversized shock-absorbing rubber end caps

For more info on the Kapro 905 Condor Box Level visit: https://kapro.com/product/905-condor/

Lochinvar is enhancing its top-performing high-efficiency condensing residential KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler series with 95 percent DOE AFUE and advanced control functionality for optimized heating comfort. Now in its fourth generation, the designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler contains 13 models — seven wall-mount options (55,000 to 399,000 Btu/hr) and Read More

Lochinvar is enhancing its top-performing high-efficiency condensing residential KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler series with 95 percent DOE AFUE and advanced control functionality for optimized heating comfort.

Now in its fourth generation, the designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler contains 13 models — seven wall-mount options (55,000 to 399,000 Btu/hr) and six floor-standing models (55,000 to 285,000 Btu/hr) — with turndown ratios of up to 10:1.

“Lochinvar’s engineering team does not rest on the success of a great product, and the KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler evolution is proof of our relentless push to improve performance for homeowners and make installation and set up a snap for contractors,” said Dan Rettig, residential product manager at Lochinvar. “Whether a contractor is installing for new construction or performing a drop-in replacement on an older boiler system, the KNIGHT series has the flexibility and muscle to meet the space-heating demands of nearly any residential application. This is without a doubt the best KNIGHT boiler yet.”

To achieve cost-efficient performance and rugged reliability for homeowners, the KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler is manufactured with high-quality components, including a corrosion-resistant stainless steel fire-tube heat exchanger and a negative regulation combustion system. Additionally, each KNIGHT boiler will be packaged with a variable-speed ECM circulator, which can save up to 90 percent on operational costs over a conventional circulator.

Every KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler comes equipped with SMART SYSTEM, the industry’s most advanced boiler control system, which now includes the CON·X·US Remote Connect option and the LOCH-N-LINK® USB Programming feature. The Set-Up Wizard guides contractors through installation programming while Lochinvar’s exclusive CON·X·US Remote Connect option allows a technician or homeowner to monitor and manage the boiler from a mobile app.

Lightweight with a compact footprint and easy-to-access components, the entire series is designed to make installation, setup and serviceability straightforward for contractors. For instance, the KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler features:

  • LOCH-N-LINK USB Programming with parameters uploaded from a thumb drive
  • Universal vent adapter, which allows for easy transition to multiple types of vent material
  • Variable-speed pump that increases system efficiency and reduces operational costs
  • Dual location parameter memory for quick and simple component replacement
  • Electrical outlet on the unit for a work light or condensate pump
  • Wall- and floor-mount options with top and bottom water connections.

For larger residential applications, KNIGHT Fire Tube boilers can be cascaded together for redundancy and may also be paired with an indirect water heater.

The high-efficiency condensing gas KNIGHT Fire Tube Boiler series first launched in 2005. Since its introduction and through four generations, the KNIGHT Fire Tube boiler has established a reputation for reliable performance among contractors.

For more information about Lochinvar, visit www.Lochinvar.com.

Gerber, a leader in plumbing products across North America, has launched one of the industry’s most innovative and flexible tub and shower valves. In an effort to help professionals work smarter, not harder, the new Treysta™ rough-in valve system is built to accommodate varying requirements plumbers face on site in a range of installations. “We’ve Read More

Gerber, a leader in plumbing products across North America, has launched one of the industry’s most innovative and flexible tub and shower valves. In an effort to help professionals work smarter, not harder, the new Treysta™ rough-in valve system is built to accommodate varying requirements plumbers face on site in a range of installations.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to perfect this valve, fine-tuning it based on input and testing of plumbing professionals in the field,” says Katie Hayes, senior product manager. “With more than 85 years of experience to draw upon, we’re proud to incorporate the Gerber performance and reliability into this product that people have come to expect from all our products.”

Treysta Features and Benefits

Multiple features within the new valve system are patent pending. A complete list of features and benefits include:

  • Revolutionary Vertical Inlets – Treysta’s vertical inlets allow for maximum flexibility in the wall, and can install next to a stud in PEX applications greatly reducing the need for re- framing
  • Easy Installation and Access – With an easy-access mounting system and an innovative plaster guard with integrated depth indexing, Treysta is engineered for smooth and quick installation
  • Intuitive Quarter-turn Service Stops – Treysta features quarter-turn service stops that open and close with a flat head screw driver in the slot or pliers on the flat sides for ease of maintenance
  • Easy Pressure Testing Capability – The unique, reversible test plug accommodates full system tests, as well as hot, cold and cross-flow tests
  • Flexible and Adaptable for Different Environments – Treysta has a solution for “with” and “without” stops, and accommodates back-to-back installations and reversed hot and cold inlets, as well as IPS / sweat, Cold Expansion PEX, and Crimp PEX applications
  • Secure and Level Mounting – The compact, brass-forged body of the valve features integrated mounting holes for a firm and secure hold, and the flat top plane of the plaster guard allows it to install level with the floor
  • Innovative Common Platform – Treysta uses a common platform of pressure balance cartridge for all configurations, meaning a single cartridge fits in all valve bodies
  • Fully Compatible Danze® by Gerber Trim – Danze by Gerber trim has been updated to include the Treysta pressure balance cartridge, which will ultimately minimize cartridge damage during rough-in installation

For more information about the Treysta valve from Gerber, visit treysta.gerberonline.com.

Wilo USA, a provider of pumps and pump solutions for water management, building services and groundwater, is pleased to offer a range of solar borehole pumps, including a new, 4-inch solar submersible pump, available in two series, the Wilo-Quick Solar and the Wilo-Opti Solar series. Wilo well pumps feature the most efficient, simple design for Read More

Wilo USA, a provider of pumps and pump solutions for water management, building services and groundwater, is pleased to offer a range of solar borehole pumps, including a new, 4-inch solar submersible pump, available in two series, the Wilo-Quick Solar and the Wilo-Opti Solar series.

Wilo well pumps feature the most efficient, simple design for clean water on the market. The all-stainless steel solar submersible pumps offer either a centrifugal or helical rotor hydraulic execution and feature permanent magnet motors. Additionally, no external controls are required for the operation of either series.

The Wilo-Opti Solar has an operating range of 90-265 V and up to 3,000 W and can operate on either AC or DC power. The pump reaches heads to 755 ft and flows exceeding 60 gpm. The Wilo-Quick Solar has an operating range of 70-190 V and up to 800 W on DC only. Available in three 316SS helical rotor models and one 30 gpm stainless centrifugal model, the full series covers from 3-35 gpm and reaches a max depth of 400 ft. Custom solar systems are also available.

Matthew Beasley, Director of Sales for Wilo USA’s groundwater division says, “The new Wilo-Quick Solar and Wilo-Opti Solar series make accessing water in remote locations and off the grid easier than ever. The Opti pumps are especially flexible because they can run on either solar, AC or DC power thanks to the available integrated frequency converter.” He continues, “The system is highly competitive and responds to your float or pressure switch, or rises to pump with the sun, all with no controls in the system.”

The pumps’ high motor efficiency and starting torque keep the systems moving in low light conditions for 24/7 access. The systems use a sophisticated dynamic Maximum Power Point Tracking (MMPT) algorithm to provide the highest water output, and with remote monitoring & control available as well as global sizing, Wilo offers the most comprehensive solar pumping solutions on the market. The company will be expanding its offering further by the end of 2018 with a new model, up to 6 kW.