Monday, December 15, 2014

Hot Water Temperature Maintenance

Large commercial buildings need a way to provide hot water at the tap in the most energy efficient way, without long waits or wasting water. Pentair Thermal Management has a sophisticated domestic hot water temperature maintenance (HWAT) system that provides immediate hot water at the tap that is a nice alternative to a recirculation system.

Whereas, a recirculation system:
  • Requires that you keep the water heater temperature in the system at least five degrees above the maintain temperature to compensate for the heat that is lost in the recirculation loop. 
  • Requires return lines, pumps, and balancing valves as part of the system. 

Pentair Thermal Management hot water temperature maintenance (HWAT) system provides a simple, reliable alternative to recirculation in commercial buildings. The HWAT system:
  • Maintains the water at a uniform temperature along the entire length of the supply pipe. Thus, it is unnecessary to heat the water above the maintain temperature. 
  • Includes HWAT heat trace cables that can be installed up to the fixture, which mean that you get hot water faster and waste less water.

HWAT is a fully integrated system that includes:

  • Electric heat trace cables – the HWAT-Y2 and HWAT-R2 heat trace cables adjust their power output along the entire length of the pipe to compensate for variations in water temperature and ambient temperature. These cables are designed for installation on hot water supply pipes underneath standard pipe insulation. 
  • Connection kits and accessories – items for making electrical connections and properly completing the installation, such as power connection and end seal kits. 
  • Advanced control systems – electronic controllers that monitor and/or control the desired temperature maintenance of the pipes. 

The HWAT-ECO and ACCS-30 electronic temperature controllers optimize the energy efficiency of the HWAT system by controlling the pipe temperature with either HWAT heat trace cable. The temperature set point can be programmed on a 24/7 schedule to suit the specific job requirements, providing the maximum water temperature control and energy savings to the end user.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Benefits Of Geothermal

Geothermal technology harnesses the Earth’s renewable thermal energy stored just below the surface or in large bodies of water for the purposes of providing forced air heating and cooling, hot and chilled water and dehumidification. The system exchanges the natural heating and cooling properties of the Earth between a building and the ground. This transfer of energy is the source of enhanced performance and environmental superiority as Geothermal systems employ a small amount of electrical energy to capture, move and concentrate a large amount of “free energy” provided by the Earth. The result is the utmost in space conditioning.

Ground source heat pumps are the most commonly applied geothermal system today for both residential and commercial applications. They take the natural heating and cooling properties of the Earth to create "free energy" for a given space. The beautiful thing for end users is that only a small amount of electrical energy is needed to capture, move and concentrate this energy.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Heat-Gard Non-Electric Radiator Thermostats Keep a Heating System Comfort Balanced

Non-electric thermostats have been successfully used throughout the world for years. They're proven to be the most simple, reliable way to prevent energy waste and reduce heating costs. At the same time, they ensure individual room comfort. They sense changes in temperature and automatically increase the flow of heat in response to a temperature drop or automatically decrease it in response to temperature rise.

Short Payback Time
Because Heat-Gard is non-electric, it is relatively inexpensive to install and operate. A low cost Heat-Gard on every radiator is the most reliable way to update an old heat guzzling system economically.

Easy To Service
The Heat-Gard valve is made so the complete cartridge can be replaced without draining the system, by use of a special inline cartridge changer. This is a great advantage for hospitals, schools and nursing homes where disruptions of a heating system can be tremendous problems. For large public building and schools, there is even a vandal resistant Heat-Gard to prevent unwarranted tampering with the heat settings.

Backed By Taco's Hydronic Experience
As with all Taco products, Heat-Gard is pretested at the factory before it ships. Their exacting quality standards have given all their products a reputation for dependability and top performance.

Download the Heat-Gard brochure here.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Join The Future With Watts TRITON Pipe Fusion

The revolutionary TRITON system is the first application of radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic technology, a trusted method of welding used in industrial applications, for plastic piping.

This new welding technique has many advantages over conventional pipe joining processes:
  • TRITON enables pipe joining and pressure testing in minutes (instead of hours) 
  • TRITON welds can be completed by one person, reducing required manpower 
  • TRITON creates a safer work environment—no exposed heating elements, no adhesives with VOCs, no exposed flame 
  • TRITON outside diameter welds offer unobstructed flow and decreased pressure drop, reducing overall system cost 
  • TRITON is ready to use in minutes—no waiting for exposed heating elements to heat up 
  • TRITON uses less energy than conventional pipe joining technology

The TRITON Pipe Fusion system includes three components: a Control Unit, Fusers, and Fittings. (Both Fusers and Fittings are sold separately). The TRITON components are designed to work together to create lasting hermetic welds in minutes without the use of adhesives, open flame, or heating elements.

The TRITON Series TRCU-M1 Control Unit is designed to operate on a standard 110/120 VAC circuit. The Control Unit converts the AC power to DC power, and then generates a radio frequency (RF) signal. The RF signal is transferred to the Series TRFWP1 Fuser to complete the welding process.

The self-contained and self-calibrating Control Unit comes with a 10’ long GFCI-protected power cord and a 20’ long coaxial Fuser cable. The power draw for each weld is less than 100 watts. (Only Watts supplied cords should be used with the TRITON Control Unit).

The TRITON Series TRFWP1 Fusers are designed to concentrate a radio frequency (RF) signal and direct it onto a TRITON Fitting. This in turn generates heat which fuses the Fitting and pipe together.

The TRITON TRFWP1 Fusers are currently available in five sizes (to standard ASTM D3035)

TRITON Fittings are uniquely engineered: 
  • Unique design increases strength & rigidity 
  • Lightweight form factor 
  • Full range of sizes and configurations

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Duravit Rimless: Efficient Flushing. Optimum Hygiene.

This rimless wall-mounted toilet with innovative and effective flushing technology offers an efficient solution: the water is delivered to the bowl forcefully and systematically, ensuring that the entire inner surface is rinsed throughout the flushing process. The dynamic water flow provides outstanding flushing results while preventing splashing. As a modern wall-mounted toilet of the 1.6 / 1.28 gpf generation, DuraStyle rimless even saves water.

Thanks to its open and easily accessible rim area, it is also considerably easier to keep the bowl clean. The DuraStyle rimless is also optionally available with the WonderGliss coating. This makes it even simpler to keep the entire inside of the toilet clean.

With its timelessly modern form, DuraStyle's design is equally impressive. The wall-mounted toilet made entirely of sanitary ceramic with a 21 1/4" projection boasts an extra-flat seat that is optionally available with the SoftClose feature. It is also available in an elongated version with a 24 3/8" projection and concealed fastening. This model can also be combined with the Sensowash shower-toilet seat.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Easiest, Most Affordable Outdoor Reset

The Taco FuelMizer is a boiler reset control and switching relay in one unit; it is ideal for retrofit application, but may also be used in new installations as well. The FuelMizer can potentially save homeowners between 5-30% on their heating costs.

The FuelMizer™ (SR501-OR) is a microprocessor-based control designed to regulate the supply water temperature of a single boiler, based on the outdoor temperature. The FuelMizer is a boiler reset control and switching relay in one unit; it is ideal for retrofit application, but may also be used in new installations as well.


  • Ideal retrofit outdoor reset control for existing oil and gas boilers as well as new installs( except maintaining boiler with tankless coil)
  • Easily added to both zone valve and circulator systems
  • True weather regulated reset at an affordable price
  • Preset reset ratio allows set up at the turn of a dial with outdoor design temp range of -30° to 40° F
  • DHW override of outdoor reset built in
  • Control includes both outdoor and supply pipe sensors
  • LED lights on front of unit for easy diagnostics
  • Boiler minimum DIP switch options of 70° or 140° F
  • Warm Weather Shutdown DIP switch options of Off or 70° F
  • Differential DIP switch options of 10° or 20° F

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Fernox: Born To Lead, Not Follow

Since its establishment in 1964, Fernox has been leading the water treatment market. It was Fernox Founder Peter Muetzel who first recognized the fundamental role chemical water treatment has in maintaining the energy efficiency of a central heating system and extending its lifespan.

For 50 years, Fernox’s focus has been on research and development, and the company’s success lies in its pioneering spirit. With an on-going commitment to innovation, Fernox has grown to become a global leader in chemical water treatments, system filters as well as diagnostic testing and analysis services.

Key innovations include the company’s trusted ‘F’ range of chemical water treatments that comprises of Protector F1, boiler noise silencer F2, cleaner F3 and leak sealer F4. The products are available in a 500 ml or an express aerosol format, which allows dosage to be completed in mere seconds – quickly, efficiently and without the need to drain down the system.

The most effective means of cleaning a heavily sludged central heating system is by power flushing. Fernox designed the 110v Powerflow Flushing Machine MKIII to enable installers to remove corrosion debris, sludge and scale from a system with just one visit to the site.

The company’s ability to innovate also led to the development of the award-winning Fernox TF1 Total Filter, which removes both magnetic and nonmagnetic contaminants from central heating systems, providing a “belt and braces” approach to boiler protection. Fernox is prolific in its approach to new product development – responding to changes in legislation, technology and installer feedback to regularly update its offering. Moreover, alongside its comprehensive product development program Fernox tirelessly champions best practices and the importance of training – taking the lead on informing the market of legislative changes and offering best practice technical advice.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy, Permanent Connection For Watts WaterPEX® Tubing

The Watts Close Ear CinchClamp for WaterPEX provides an easy, permanent connection for your potable SDR-9 PEX installations, using standard ASTM F1807 brass and F2159 plastic PEX fittings.

Our Close Ear CinchClamp enables one-handed operation by keeping the clamp on the PEX pipe where you put it, giving you the freedom to dry-fit, position and operate the CinchTool easily.

Features and Benefits
  • Stays in position when placed on PEX pipe
  • Will not slide
  • Use to dry-fit the system
  • Cinch hub indicates completion of cinch. Visible at a distance for inspection
  • Manufactured from 304 stainless steel
  • Requires only one tool—regardless of size
  • NSF-pw and NSF-rfh listed when used with the appropriate Watts WaterPEX and RadiantPEX pipe

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Taco VR1816: Infinitely Variable Speed, ECM High-Efficiency Circulator

The Taco Viridian VR1816 circulator is an infinitely variable speed wet rotor circulator with an ECM, permanent magnet motor. Operating modes include infinitely adjustable fixed speed or self-adjusting proportional or constant pressure variable speed. Its high efficiency motor reduces power consumption by up to 85% compared to equivalent AC permanent split capacitor circulators.

  • Maximum operating pressure: 125 psi (8.6 bar)
  • Maximum water temperature: 230°F (110ºC)
  • Electrical specifications: Voltage: 110-120V, 50/60 Hz, single phase, Maximum operating power: 44W, Maximum amp rating: 0.54
  • Equipped with a cast iron casing and should be used for closed loop systems only.
  • Acceptable for use with water or maximum of 50% water/glycol solution.
  • 3 operating modes: Fixed Speed - infinitely adjustable min/max settings, Constant Pressure - variable speed - 3 constant pressure differential curves (5, 10, or 15 feet of head), Proportional Pressure - variable speed - 3 variable pressure differential curves (High, Med, or Low)
  • Multi-color LED display showing operating mode and error code diagnostics.
  • Use with a Taco ZVC Zone Valve Control or SR Switching Relay for ON/OFF operation.
  • Integral Flow Check (IFC) is included in carton. Simply press into discharge flange if required.
  • Nut capture feature on flanges for easier fit up.
  • Whisper quiet operation.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sweat On Water Hammer Arrestors

Precision Plumbing Products is again the first to offer a complete series, 1/2” through 2” SWEAT ON, water hammer arrestor. All arrestors meet and/or exceed performance requirements as set forth by the ASSE standard 1010.

The sweat on arrestors will provide a maintenance free installation that is fully guaranteed by our warranty when installed in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.


  • Listed by recognized national standards 
  • Least expensive to install 
  • Designed to solder in standard copper elbows and tees 
  • Suitable for all potable water applications 
  • Requires no maintenance 
  • Sized in accordance with Service Pipe Dimensions 
  • Maintenance Free - The piston is the only moving part

Part Numbers: SWA-500A, SWA-750B, SWA-1000C, SWA-1250D, SWA-1500E, SWA-2000F

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Zone Valves Or Circulators?

By Bruce Marshall, of Emerson Swan.

In my hydronics classes I always like to ask the attendees which they prefer, zone valves or circulators.

A few years ago most of the guys were in the circulator camp with a few hands raised for zone valves. I would always ask a couple of the circulator guys their reasoning. The answer was always this. “If there was only one circulator and it failed, the whole building was without heat.”

This was a valid argument 40 years ago, when three-piece circulators were the norm. Water lubricated circulators came into being in 1963 when Taco invented the Perfecta, but they didn’t really catch on until about 10 years later. We in the heating industry are not early adopters; we would rather wait until someone else uses it for a while and let them get the bugs out.

Using Less Electricity

Today’s circulators are much more reliable than the old three-piece jobs, and failures are rare, so that 40-year-old argument no longer holds water. The main focus today is energy usage, especially electricity. Just take a look at all the regulations we have seen in recent years: the demise of the incandescent light bulb and the new electric water heater standards that will kick in next year are but two examples of government mandates to reduce the amount of electricity usage. Four circulators running, each pulling 80 watts equals 320 watts. One circulator and four zone valves could use as little as 86 watts. If a variable speed circulator is used instead of a fixed speed unit, the wattage could run in the low 20s.

In order to heat a space you have to “deliver” X amount of BTUs into it. In order to cool a space you have to “remove” X amount of BTUs from it. Long before you answer the question of zone valves versus circulators you have to know how many BTUs you need in each zone.

If you use zone valves then you have to ask what “size” circulator or zone valve do I need to let enough water circulate in order to “deliver” that many BTUs to the zone. Water will always take the path of least resistance, so the circulator must be sized to accommodate the zone with the most resistance plus be able to deliver the total gallons per minute for all the zones. The Universal Hydronics Equation is used to determine the GPM requirement of the system.

GPM = BTUh ÷ (Delta T x 500) or simply GPM = BTUh ÷ 10,000

Once the GPM has been determined, you next need to calculate the highest amount of resistance, and it’s not necessarily the longest zone. The formula for this is:

Total Linear Length ÷ .06 = ft of head

The .06 number accounts for 4 feet of head per 100 feet of pipe plus 50 percent to account for the fittings. This is used for pipe runs or baseboard loops. When sizing for a higher resistance component such as a hydro-air unit, you would need to know the feet of head of the unit plus the length of the supply and return pipes – the hydro-air unit could be closer to the boiler but have more resistance than the baseboard loop. If it’s easier for the water to go through the baseboard then that’s where it will go and not to the air handler. Toward Better Efficiency I mentioned earlier in this article that using a variable speed circulator is more energy efficient from an electrical standpoint, but it can also make the entire system more efficient as well. North American residential system design is pegged to the temperature differential between the supply and return (Delta-T). It’s part of the Universal Hydronics Equation, it’s how we size boilers, select pipe size and determines the amount of radiation to put into a room.

We also zone our systems and turn them on and off with a thermostat – all in an effort to deliver comfort. If we use a Delta-T based smart circulator like the Taco Bumble Bee or VT2218, the pump will react to how many zones are open, which zones are open, and even how cold it is outside, automatically and without an outdoor sensor.

These infinitely variable speed Delta-T circulators deliver only the BTUs required to match the actual heating load required by each zone. The entire system runs at peak efficiency, no matter the time of year, accurately providing optimum comfort and real electric and fuel dollar savings.

As for electricity savings, combining an ECM circulator such as the Taco Bumble Bee or VT2218 with Zone Sentry zone valves in place of traditional PSC circulators, your customers could expect to save as much as $20 a year for each pump replaced. This might not seem like a lot but when you look at a multiple zone system with pumps, the savings add up year after year.

How does reduced delta-T affect a system? Consider its impact on a modulating condensing boiler. If the system is designed for a delta -T of 20°F, but achieves only 12°F to15°F, the amount of run time the boiler spends below the point of flue-gas condensation will be affected.

If a reset control is telling a boiler supplying heat to radiators to fire to a high limit of 142°F on a 20°F day, a delta-P circulator programmed based on estimated system head loss may wind up sending 130°F water to the boiler. That is the condensing point, which makes the boiler work at, say, 86 percent annual fuel-utilization efficiency (AFUE).

A pump programmed to deliver a 20°F delta-T, on the other hand, will send 122°F water back to the boiler, creating more condensate and allowing the boiler to operate closer to its design.

So for all you circulator guys out there, maybe it’s time to take another look at “but that’s the way we’ve always done it.” We’ve moved on, and so has the equipment. And your customers deserve the highest efficiency and comfort that you can give them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Little Giant Simplex 2HP Grinder Package

These rugged grinder package systems by Little Giant were designed to handle the most demanding residential sewage removal applications. Designed with easy installation in mind, they feature a heavy-duty fiberglass basin, commercial grade stainless steel rail system and the unparalleled SWG 2 hp Grinder Pump.

These complete packages are turn-key, job ready systems, making it easy for an installer to purchase everything needed with one item number. Three basin options are available for various depths:

The SWG grinder pump, and unique patented cutting system, was a result of extensive research and development efforts, coupled with years of application experience to produce the most effective grinding pump on the market today.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

EFT Combi Units By HTP

Introducing HTP’s new advanced Floor standing EFT Combi condensing boiler. This remarkable product is 93% energy efficient and delivers abundant hot water to take care of both domestic hot water and space heating requirements for most home applications.

This product provides home owners with one appliance that saves money on operating expenses, reduces overall installation costs and takes up less space than traditional space heating and water heating appliances. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing a mesh burner that reduces nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide production and meets all nationally recognized low NOx emission standards.

Our product is manufactured to the highest quality standards and uses durable stainless steel for our heat exchangers, burners and domestic hot water tank construction. The EFT uses a combination of sophisticated sensors and safety devices to ensure your appliance is always functioning at peak performance.


  • 316L Stainless Steel Fire Tube Heat Exchanger
  • Endless Hot Water, Advanced Temperature Control
  • 93.2% AFUE
  • Available In Gas Or LP
  • Equipped With Highly Innovative Gas Leak Detector
  • Low NOx
  • 15 Gallon 316L Stainless Steel Indirect Storage Tank
  • 5:1 Turndown Ratio

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Viper II - Your Solution To Under Slab Vapor Barriers

If you have been living in a snake hole (pun intended) and don’t know what Viper II is, here’s what you need to know...

Moisture, radon and methane in your home or building is bad. Moisture is known to cause an abundance of problems including fl oor failure, mold and mildew, fungus and damage to the slab on grade and its components. Not to mention the health issues that can occur from harmful soil gases. Protecting your concrete slab with an under-slab vapor barrier is the best way to help offer premium protection against water vapor and soil gases.

We recommend using our Viper VaporCheck II under-slab vapor barrier. It is uniquely manufactured to incorporate superior resistance against punctures, tears and water vapor. It’s job is to do just that---create a monolithic barrier between the concrete slab and the soil that is virtually impervious to water vapor and soil gases.

Thickness, Class, Color, Roll Size
6-mil Class C (White) 14' x 210'
10-mil Class C (Black) 14' x 210'
10-mil Class A (Gray) 14' x 210'
15-mil Class A (Blue) 14' x 140'

Learn more by viewing their catalog here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Annette Freestanding Clawfoot Tub

The Designer Collection by Hydro Systems showcases exquisite style defined by stunning, modern craftsmanship. Meticulously customized and handcrafted to provide the perfect bathing experience, this sophisticated collection features boldly elegant designs while offering 21st Century tub technology only a luxury bathtub can afford. The collection consists of 85 bathtubs in several sizes. All Designer Collection bathtubs and whirlpools offer customizable premium features including HydrOzone technology and are backed by our exclusive 99/9 year warranty.

Grace and grandeur are inherent in the Annette design (seen in the picture). A freestanding clawfoot tub, its classic style will feel lavish and complement the desire for homage to refinement and poise. This tub is made from a unique blend of engineered composites and natural materials called HydroLuxe. The Annette tub comes in 4 standard colors (white, almond, biscuit, bone) and three premium colors (black, red, graphite). The tub measures 65 x 36 x 27 and holds 75 gallons of water.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

FlexPlate Flexible Heat Transfer Plates By Watts Radiant

Are you ready for a revolutionary new type of under floor heating plate? How about one made from a specially processed natural graphite, lighter and 50% more thermally conductive than extruded aluminum plates? Well, your day has come! FlexPlate™ has arrived to revolutionize radiant floor heating.

Graphite has been used for years in the electronics industry to dissipate heat away from key components in plasma TVs, cell phones, and computers. FlexPlate takes advantage of this technology to benefit radiant heating systems. Instead of dissipating heat, heat is transferred to your floors, thereby efficiently and evenly heating them from the moment the system starts up.

FlexPlate increases floor heat output by about 15% compared to extruded aluminum plates, or about 75% compared to bare PEX stapled up. This allows the opportunity to lower the required water temperatures by 5-10° F versus extruded aluminum plates and 30-45° F versus bare PEX stapled up. High efficiency, low temperature heat sources, such as condensing boilers, geothermal, or solar, can now be better utilized by the radiant heating system.

The manufacturing process for a graphite plate has a substantially lower carbon footprint and lower CO2 emissions as compared to aluminum. It is also much lighter to ship, lowering the amount of fossil fuels burned just getting it to the jobsite.

Homeowner Benefits

  1. Lower required fluid temperature means the ability to use more efficient heat sources. 
  2. A more even, comfortable heat. 
  3. No potential "ticking" noise associated with typical stamped aluminum plates. 

Installer Benefits 

  1. Light weight and flexible 
  2. Trim-to-fit format 
  3. Cut with a utility knife 
  4. Fast, simple installation 
  5. No sharp edges
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Duravit Architec Dry Urinal - No Flush At All

Drinking water is one of our most valuable resources. Careful use of water and the development of sustainable product ideas to preserve our ecosystem are part of our responsibility at Duravit. This applies in particular to toilet flushes and also for urinal flushes. Frequently used urinals can be flushed up to 150 times a day, making up to 130,000 litres of water consumption a year.

The new generation of the Duravit Architec urinal range is an important contribution and a clever way of saving water. Thanks to a hose membrane fitted into the outlet, Architec Dry does not need flushing at all. The membrane only opens when urine passes through it. Then it closes again, keeping unpleasant sewerage smells at bay. The outlet on the Architec Dry has a stylish cover with a gel ring on the underside. This gel is based on purely organic substances which are gradually rinsed out when the urinals are used and wet the membrane. A special blend of pH neutral and cleansing ingredients fights any dirt and urine deposits from forming.

Pictured Above
1) Plastic Valve Cover, 2) Perfumed Ring With Cleansing Gel, 3) Liquid Run, 4) Opened Membrane, 5) Closed Membrane

The micro-organisms used break down organic materials and prevent the formation of unpleasant odours. At the same time, the ring contains ethereal oils which are continuously released and have a fresh fragrance to give a pleasant feel to the room. The green gel also acts as an indicator. Once it is used up, the module needs to be replaced. The dry urinal is also available without a cover.

Operating the Architec Dry needs no water feeds, fittings or flush water. This makes Architec Dry a cost-effective alternative to urinals with conventional flushes. The outlet with the membrane only needs to be changed after around 7500 flushes. By then, the new dry urinal will have saved a good 20,000 litres of drinking water. Maintenance is incredibly easy: use the key supplied to remove the hose membrane from its holder and fit the new module.

The ceramic bowl is easy to keep clean with a special hygiene detergent and a cloth. The Duravit Architec urinals were designed by Frank Huster. His designs are based on a square, ceramic wall object, from the centre of which the actual body of the urinal projects. This unique design language not only provides a contrast to traditional urinal designs, it also has practical benefits when it comes to fitting: The lip height of the urinal is 70 cm above the floor, as normal.

However, at a generous 38 x 66.5 cm, the back wall is a good deal larger than the conventional standard size. This means the Architec Dry can be positioned where previous models have left outlets, water feeds or drill holes in the wall. The ceramic plate conceals the old marks behind its hygienic white façade, making it a real all-rounder in renovation and modernisation projects. Whatever went before - Architec Dry will fit.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another Opportunity For Contractors To Tap Into: Ductless Mini Splits

By Bruce Marshall, of Emerson Swan.

About a year ago I wrote an article about diversification for the oil heat dealer. Business owners continue to tell me of the different ways in which they have continued to grow their businesses. Without a doubt, the common denominator is air conditioning – one of the fastest growing market segments within the HVAC industry in the United States. And now with the increased popularity of the ductless mini- split, the opportunities for growth have increased significantly.

In the last seven years the U.S. mini-split market has seen a whopping 221 percent growth rate. And it is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 20 percent or more per year. There are many reasons for this phenomenal growth. Among them is the fact that since the introduction of the inverter-based compressor, mini-splits are more energy efficient and quieter than traditional air conditioning systems. And they are much easier to install.

They solve comfort issues where ducted solutions do not work, and there is increased awareness of the ductless option by both homeowners and contractors. For the contractor it is an incremental business with a small investment to support it.

Northeast Is Key Market
Here in the Northeast, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of this growing market. Most people think that the hottest (pun intended) market for ductless might be anywhere other than the often frigid New England states. However, contrary to what you might expect, the Northeast accounts for over 40 percent of the market, while the South owns about 22 percent of ductless sales.

Why? Think retrofit! Our housing stock is mostly old, which can be a challenge when it comes to running ductwork. The joy of ductless is that there is no ductwork, just a line set, and the largest hole that you will have to cut will be a 3-inch opening to the outside for the line set.

Ductless mini-split heat pump systems make a good retrofit add-on to houses with hydronic heat, radiant heat, or stoves using wood or pellets. They are also a good fit for room additions where extending existing ductwork is not feasible.

Apart from the convenience factor, there can be energy savings too, as traditional ducted systems usually have energy losses due to leaks in the system. In older systems, these losses can account for more than 30 percent of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are located in an unconditioned space such as an attic. Mini-splits have no ducts, therefore they do not have the losses associated with ducted central forced air systems.

Good Flexibility
Mini-split systems can be safer too, since there is only a small hole in the wall as opposed to window units or through the wall units, which can provide easy access for burglars. They are easier to install than traditional systems because the only penetration of the house is a 3 inch hole for the line sets to connect the outside unit to the inside unit. Mini-splits offer more interior design flexibility compared to other types of add-on systems. For instance, they can be hung on a wall, suspended from a ceiling, flush mounted into a drop ceiling or floor mounted.

Most indoor units look about the same and are approximately seven inches deep and have sleek, high-tech looking jackets. Many offer the option of remote control to turn the system off or on when it is positioned high on a wall.

There are numerous options in terms of equipment: single unit cool only; single unit heat pump; with or without inverter compressor; multi-head units. There are several manufacturers producing reliable and affordable systems, all of which are manufactured in Asia. In fact, it was the Japanese who developed the ductless market, which is already a huge market outside the United States. The last few years have seen the Chinese manufacturers offer a well made and competitively priced alternative to the established brands.

They Can Heat, Too
For the most part, ductless sales in the Northeast will be driven by cooling needs, but the capability to supplement existing heating systems should not be overlooked. While the passing years have seen a move away from electric heat, the fact that ductless systems are heavily supported by the utilities is evidence of their overall efficiencies. These efficiencies are the result of the inverter technology that allows the compressor to modulate its output based on load. While the traditional “window shaker” boasts a SEER of around 10, mini-splits start at 13 and go into the high 20s.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which equals the output in a typical season (btus/h) divided by the amount of electricity used during that same period (kW). Another acronym to be aware of is EER – Energy Efficiency Ratio. This represents the output versus the electrical input at any given time. And finally there is HSPF or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, which is specific to air source heat pumps. Like SEER, it is a measurement of total btu output for the season versus the total electrical input.

Utility rebates are based on all three ratings – for cooling, read SEER and EER; for heating, read all three. It is important to remember that a particular mini-split must equal or exceed the stated utility requirements of all ratings to qualify!

When it comes to sizing, a handy rule of thumb is to provide 20 btus of cooling for each square foot. This should be sufficient for a typical New England home, but always remember that rule of thumb is no substitute for true heat gain calculations.

Passive or net zero house designers are embracing mini-splits as their sole source for heating and cooling. This is a very feasible option when you take into account the significantly reduced loads of these buildings. Obviously, sizing for such a home would be radically different than for a typical, decades-old house.

Mini-splits offer an excellent alternative to window shakers; they are quieter and more efficient. Non inverter-based systems are less expensive than those with inverters and can be an affordable option for those on a budget.

For the contractor who is thinking of entering the ductless mini-split business, training will be an absolute necessity. Most manufacturers provide some sort of training, and manufacturers representatives such as ours at Emerson Swan, will provide comprehensive training to help the contractor develop the level of comfort necessary to create a profitable business as a part of what you already do or as a completely new, standalone enterprise.

Whatever the case, ductless mini-splits are here to stay and somebody has to install them. Why shouldn’t it be you? Learn more about our offering on our website:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Twin City Hose UL® Classified Connectors.

Twin City Hose offers a variety of UL® Classified V's, U's and Straight Flexible Connectors.

This UL® Classification demonstrates compliance with the Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which revised the definition for "lead free" in the Safe Drinking Water Act.

This federally mandated act was signed into law in 2011 and came into effect January 4th, 2014. It regulates the maximum allowable contaminant level of lead with in potable water piping systems.

These products include plumbing hose and fitting assemblies that come into contact with potable water and appliances that provide water for drinking or utilize water in generating beverage or food products.

  • 100% Tested
  • Domestically Fabricated
  • UL® tested and classified lead free products
  • All documents and certifications proving lead free products
  • Alloys covered include, stainless steel and bronze hose and braid with components/end fittings in stainless steel, carbon steel and copper

Learn more about Twin City Hose products on our website:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Taco Raises The Bar With The Viridian VT-2218 High Efficiency ECM Circulator

With the introduction of the Viridian VT-2218, Taco has upped the ante yet again. This variable speed, high efficiency ECM circulator is the only temperature sensing circulator in its class. Using 85% less electricity than split phase motors, the Viridian VT-2218 is ideally suited for American heating systems based on its ability to monitor Delta-T, thereby maximizing system efficiency and comfort. Operating modes include Delta-T differential temperature, 4 fixed speeds, set point heat, set point cool, and boiler protection. Easy to install and program, the LCD displays mode, setting, watts, supply and return temperatures. The Viridian VT-2218 can handle a best in class 22 feet of head at 18 gpm maximum flow and is the first choice when it comes to hydronic systems zoned with zone valves, radiant loops, injection pumping, snowmelt or hydro-air fan coils. For the ultimate in distribution efficiency, the Viridian VT-2218 can be matched with up to 12 Taco Zone Sentry zone valves on one 40VA transformer.

Learn more about Taco products on our website:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Powerflushing Your Central Heating Systems

The Fernox Powerflow Flushing Machine will add value to your business and enhance your professional image. Use it to offer a fast, professional and reliable cleaning and flushing service when replacing boilers. Many boiler manufacturers now make the warranty dependent on flushing and cleaning. The Fernox Powerflow Flushing Machine is ideal for keeping you system running like new!

The Powerflow Flushing Machine can be used at temperatures of up to 185 degrees together with Fernox DS40 System Cleaner, System Neutralizer, Powerflushing Cleaner F5 or Cleaner F3. Only one visit to the site is required to powerflush a central heating system.

  • Powerflush central heating systems to remove corrosion debris, sludge and scale 
  • De-scale boilers 
  • Overcome boiler noise and circulation problems 
  • Clean a system with just ONE visit to site
  • High temperature operation to enable faster cleaning

Learn more about Fernox products on our website:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Everlast Electric Outlasts Its Competition


The Everlast electric water heater from HTP combines high quality stainless steel construction and energy efficient operation, providing long draws of hot water without consuming large amounts of energy. A cleverly designed water connection directs cold water to the heating element near the bottom of the tank to minimize the mixing of cold and hot water. Durable components, low standby heat losses, high recovery rates, and the industry’s strongest warranty make the Everlast Electric Water Heater an ideal choice for your electric water heating needs.

  • No Anode Rod Required: All coated tanks require anodes to delay the inevitable corrosion and tank failure. the average residential water heater lasts about 13 years. The Everlast residential stainless steel tank will outlast any coated steel tank in the market!
  • Thermostat & High Limit Controls: Adjustable temperature range up to 160º F
  • Hot Water Connections: Outlet connection on the top of the tank (with built in Heat Traps).
  • Minimal Heat-Loss: Heavy duty insulation.
  • Stainless Steel Incoloy Elements: Stainless steel screw plug increases corrosion resistance for longer element life versus conventional elements.
  • The Finest Protection: Laser welded through a concentrated heat source producing high quality, long lasting, 316L stainless steel tank construction (lightweight) - Superior corrosion resistance, eliminates the need for anode rods, protects against harsh water conditions for a lifetime of durability against leaks - Limited LifeTime Warranty (with online registration).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hydronic Expansion Tanks With 100% Butyl Diaphragms

The HTX Series: Constructed of deep drawn welded steel domes, HTX tanks by Flexcon Industries feature butyl diaphragms engineered for longer life. Butyl rubber is the material of choice for American heating systems as it offers low permeability rates at higher temperatures. Our oversized diaphragm maximizes tank drawdown, and minimizes wear. This design virtually eliminates diaphragm stretch, which enhances longevity.

Specifications: The in-line HTX Series are available from 2 to 15 gallons and utilize a welded system connection with built-in hex nut for easy installation.The brass shrader valve has an o-ring seal to ensure air side integrity. An appliance quality finish means many years of service in damp basements and crawl spaces. The SXHT Series are freestanding, and range in size from 15 to 81 gallons.

Testing: Every Flexcon Hydronic tank is pressure tested and backed with a five year written, limited warranty. Packages Combination: Packages include a tank, air scoop and vent for added installer convenience. Flexcon also offers a line of hydronic accessory items that include the re-designed Fill-Rite 300 FV pressure regulating valve.

Learn more about Flexcon products on our website:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tempera Valves by Precision Plumbing Products

The Tempera Valves, by Precision Plumbing Products (PPP), is a highly sensitive pressure balancing valve that holds a selected water temperature to within one degree. It responds instantly to all line pressure loss on either the hot or cold side.

Tempera Valves may be installed in any position or at any angle. They must be installed ahead of the control valve(s). The flow pattern is indicated by arrows imprinted in the valve body.

  • Automatic pressure compensating, preventing thermal shock
  • Can be used with single or tow handle mixing valve assemblies
  • Holds a selected water temperature to within +- 3º F degree regardless of pressure change 
  • Fully ported valve with minimal pressure drop 
  • Safe and positive because it is a pressure balancing valve, not a thermostatic mixing valve 
  • Meets A.S.S.E. STANDARD 1066 individual in-line pressure balancing valves

Tempera Valves should be provided with some type of access for servicing if necessary. Avoid high temperaturesin direct contact with the valve body.

The internal parts of theTempera Valve are stainless steel with only one moving part. The pressure differential sensing piston is constantly responding to any system pressure changes.

Learn more about Precision Plumbing Products on our website:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dornbracht: Convenience Through High-Tech

The first electronic product solution for the kitchen from Dornbracht: the different functions of eUnit Kitchen help you with your everyday work in the kitchen. The control elements give you accurate control of water temperature and volume and the foot sensor takes the place of a ”missing“ free hand, allowing water to flow without you having to lift a finger.

Added to this are the electronic strainer waste and a water dispensing function that allows water to be dispensed in precise amounts of 1 litre and 0.1 litre steps. Thanks to its compact construction, the eUnit Kitchen can be situated in 'plug-'n'-play' fashion beneath the sink without taking up too much space.

Learn more about Dornbracht products on our website:

Monday, May 26, 2014

HeatWeave Electric Floor Warming Systems

Forget ice cold floors. HeatWeave® electric radiant heat mats and cables are designed to warm tile and stone floors in bathrooms, kitchens, entries and sunrooms. With our HeatWeave UnderFloor™ mats you can also warm almost any floor without replacing or refinishing your existing one!

With fully armored and grounded power leads and twin wire design, HeatWeave is the only electric floor warming product manufactured in America that registers no measurable electromagnetic field.

The HeatWeave electric radiant heat system is a simple, safe and efficient alternative to mechanical systems or multi-step mortar installation processes.

HeatWeave Mat Features
  • Feels Great: HeatWeave® products deliver true radiant heating. It feels like a gentle foot massage or a walk on a warm beach. Warm floors are also dry floors and that is important in any bathroom, kitchen, or entry. 
  • Easy To Install: We have a product sized exactly for your project. HeatWeave TapeMats and WarmWire cables come in many different sizes and they can be shaped and used in combinations to warm any room.
  • Control: Your SunStat® Pro control uses a floor sensor to control temperature, and will turn the system on and off based on your personal schedule. You can manage your operating costs precisely with a SunStat.
  • Safe: HeatWeave is the safest electric floor warming system in the world. Our controls are GFCI protected. The shielded power leads and heating elements are fully grounded from one end to the other. The heating elements are reinforced with ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) insulation. All HeatWeave heating elements are manufactured with a braided twin-wire design to reduce electromagnetic fields (EMF) to ultra-low levels and are tested to the independently-verified Radiant Electric Emissions Test (REET) standard for use in living areas. No other radiant system in the world offers this combination of safety features.

Learn more about Watts Radiant products on our website:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Receive Up To $500 For Installing Haier Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Systems

Cool Smart is offering a generous incentive to homeowners who are installing ductless mini-split heat pump systems in 2014. Massachusetts customers will receive up to $500 in rebates when they install one of these units in their home* (see below for requirements). Take advantage of this offer by installing a Haier ductless mini-split heat pump in your home! Haier ductless mini-split systems offer a wide range and coverage to make sure you always keep your homes heating and cooling under control. Unlike traditional ducted systems, Haier ductless mini-split systems give you the flexibility to transform any room into an oasis of comfort. Because Haier ductless mini-split systems allow you to control the temperature in individual rooms, you avoid the energy waste of having to cool or heat rooms you are not using.

Download your rebate application from Cool Smart here:

*Ductless Mini-Split cooling only units are not eligible.
       1) SEER—Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
       2) EER—Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measure of instantaneous cooling efficiency.
       3) HSPF—Heating Seasonal Performance Factor.

AHRI SEER and EER rating of outdoor condenser and indoor coil working together. Rounding up of SEER/EER ratings is not acceptable.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

SuperStor Pro Indirect Water Heater

The SuperStor Pro indirect water heater is a culmination of over 25 years of indirect system manufacturing experience. Built using high quality 316L stainless steel materials, the tank and heat exchanger eliminate the need for anode rods, resist corrosion, and allow for the system to be virtually maintenance free. The corrugated heat exchanger draws energy from a boiler to heat the domestic hot water with an extremely low pressure drop. The built in auxiliary port for recirculation increases overall efficiency by eliminating short cycling of the connected boiler. The SuperStor Pro indirect water heater generates over 50% more hot water than many water heaters of similar size and offers extreme savings.


An indirect water heater is one the most cost effective ways to heat water because it eliminates the tremendous flue losses associated with gas-fired storage water heaters but without the hassles and extra costs of tankless gas water heaters. When used with a modern, high-efficiency boiler, these energy savings hold true even in the summer when your boiler isn’t needed for heat.

  • Most efficient way to heat water when used with a 95% HTP high efficiency boiler
  • Indirect water heaters install without the need to have additional exhaust piping
  • HTP’s indirect SuperStor Pro offers a 10 year warranty
  • Indirect water heaters are 96% thermal efficient and lose only ½ degree per hour in heat loss

Quality Design

  • Minimal heat loss: 2” thick, water blown foam insulation significantly reduces heat loss
  • Increased efficiency: the built in auxiliary port for recirculation increases overall efficiency by eliminating short cycling of the connected boiler
  • Low pressure drop: the large diameter 316L stainless steel heat exchanger provides one of the lowest pressure drops in the industry 
  • Aesthetically pleasing: attractive faux stainless steel jacket

Learn more about the SuperStor Pro Series here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Twin City Hose Flexible Metal Hose

Using Twin City Hose flexible metal hose eliminates excessive noise, dangerous vibration and misalignment of all piping systems. Twin City Hose flexible metal connectors isolate vibration, absorb thermal growth and compensate for misalignment. You can choose from a variety of standard connectors or we will custom build to your exact specifications. Twin City Hose flexible metal connectors are the solution to save you time and money.

Advantages Of TCH
  • 100% American Manufactured
  • Available in sizes 2" through 12"
  • Maximum operating temperature of 1000° F
  • Highly flexible braided pump connector with a longer service life

Installation Tips: Download the PDF

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lower Building Ownership Costs With Taco iWorX

iWorX from Taco Electronic Solutions is the first affordable web-based building management, monitoring and control system that eliminates the expensive cost cycle typically associated with BMS systems. With iWorX, there are no upgrade fees, no expensive software to buy and no service contracts. With iWorX, the first cost is the last cost.

How it works
Designed specifically for the commercial and high-end residential markets, iWorX delivers a flexible, easily scalable means of complete building control for both single locations and multi-building, multi-site installations from retail stores, offices and restaurants to apartments, religious buildings and single family residences. As a single source, fully integrated HVAC system control package, iWorX can reduce equipment operating and maintenance costs while maximizing building comfort and owner asset value.

iWorX Features
Increases Asset Values: iWorX not only saves energy. By eliminating upgrade fees, software costs and expensive maintenance contracts, iWorX lowers building operating costs and increases a building’s value.

Lowers Life Cycle Costs/Simplifies Service Calls: Typical BMS systems require multiple contractors to service a building. iWorX’s simple, self configuring network, eliminates the need for custom programming, software, expensive commissioning fees and time consuming service calls.

Freedom from proprietary platforms: Every iWorX controller is ready to run out of the box. The LON-based, open protocol backbone of iWorX features application and equipment-based controllers that are pre-programmed. There’s no software to buy or learn, no complicated field commissioning, and no subscriptions to buy.

Self-configuring controllers: When new devices are introduced, the menu-driven, touch-screen controller (LCI-3) recognizes and integrates them into the system automatically.

Compatible with your iPhone® and iPad®: Our mobile apps mean that iWorX can be accessed and controlled by any web enabled device.

Learn more about Taco iWorx on our website:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Air Quality in Your Home Affects Your Health

Today’s energy efficient homes trap stale air indoors, causing poor air quality and potential health problems for you and your family. What can you do? Rejuvenate your home with fresh, clean outdoor air…

You can significantly improve indoor air quality for you and your family with a Lifebreath® HRV; a Heat Recovery Ventilator that delivers clean, fresh outdoor air to every room in your home. The unique dual-stream airflow design keeps outgoing stale air separate from incoming fresh air and completely rejuvenates the air throughout your entire home up to eight times a day. Lifebreath’s balanced ventilation technology replaces indoor stale air with an identical amount of fresh air. This balanced ventilation is critical to prevent moisture build-up in your home during the heating season which can lead to expensive rot damage and hazardous mold.

Because of the unique ability of an HRV to transfer the temperature of indoor stale air to the incoming fresh air, you’ll realize lower heating and cooling costs year round while enjoying all the benefits superior indoor air quality delivers. In fact, the efficiency of the Lifebreath® HRV is so great that virtually none of the warmth collected from your home in winter is lost to the outside. In summer, the HRV works in reverse by removing heat from the incoming air and transferring it to the outgoing air, keeping your home cool and fresh.

Lifebreath® HRV Features
  • Easy To Install: Professional contractors can easily integrate a Lifebreath® HRV into a new home or retrofit the HRV into an existing system. 
  • Easy To Maintain: Twice yearly, remove the core and filters from the unit and rinse clean. Vacuum any dust from the unit and check weather hoods for leaves and other debris. 
  • ECM Motor: Optional upgrade for maximum energy savings.
  • Easy To Use: The ultra-sleek, Lifestyle Digital control panel features 4 operating modes and 5 fan speeds to meet changing household needs. The built-in dehumidistat automatically reduces indoor humidity levels in the winter by activating the fan. The ultra sleek, easy to read backlit LCD display is simple to use with an instruction card conveniently included at the back of the control. A built-in service/maintenance reminder display takes the guesswork out of remembering when to clean your unit. 

Learn more about Lifebreath on our website:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Early Heating Equipment Replacement Rebate

Starting April 15, 2014, NSTAR and National Grid are offering limited time rebates to Massachusetts customers upgrading their aging heating equipment. Homeowners can get up to $3,500 for replacing their old boiler. Don't miss out on this opportunity! If you are planning on upgrading your boiler, now is the time! Below is a link to the flyer for this limited time offer. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements to make sure you get your rebate. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (800) 346 - 9215.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The HTP SuperStor Contender: The Best Overall Value For The Best Overall Price

For more than 30 years, HTP's SuperStor line of indirect water heaters has made its mark as one of the most recognizable names in the industry. The SuperStor Contender indirect fired water heater is engineered to consistently deliver significant volumes of domestic hot water over many years of maintenance free operation. The ceramic coated, smooth surface coil design resists hard water build-up which can reduce water heater performance over its service life. Each unit is slush coat glass lined, not sprayed. The attractive plastic jacket will maintain its appearance without rusting. The extra thick, environmentally friendly water blown foam insulation saves energy that is usually wasted by conventional fiberglass insulation. HTP's SuperStor Contender is also backed by an industry leading 7 year residential warranty.

Features & Benefits

  • Minimal Heat Loss: The Contender has thick, water blown foam insulation.
  • Flexibility: Link the SuperStor to a boiler using either a zone valve or circulator.
  • Quality Construction: Slush coat glass lined and not sprayed, specially formulated enamel heat exchanger that resists build-up, over-sized anode rod protect the glass lined steel tank from corrosion.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Attractive and durable silver plastic jacket resists rusting.
  • Durable: Backed by a 7 year warranty
  • Versatile: Available in 35, 50, 80 and 119 gallon sizes

Learn more about this and other HTP products on our website:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crawl Space Vapor Barrier - Viper CS By Insulation Solutions

Traditional dirt crawl spaces are full of moisture that enters via evaporation and diffusion through the floor and sidewalls. An important part of a crawl space moisture control strategy is the installation of a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier provides the crawl space with a moisture and soil gas protection layer that decreases the amount of moisture and radon present in the crawl space. This greatly reduces the risk for:

  • Mold
  • Decreased Insulation R-Values
  • Dust Mites
  • Mildew
  • Increased Heating & Cooling Bills
  • Aggravated Allergies
  • Wood Rot
  • Odors
  • Poor Storage Environment
  • Floor Failure
  • Insects
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Viper CS is a "Class A" vapor barrier with excellent physical characteristics, including high puncture resistance, high tensile strength and low water vapor permeance. It will prevent ground moisture from entering the crawl space when installed on the walls and floor, greatly reducing the negative effects of a moisture laden crawl space.

When using Viper CS in a crawl space application, you will be providing the home or building with the best protection on the market! Viper CS offers several advantages over other crawl space vapor barriers:

Superior Puncture & Tear Resistance 

  • Reduces chances of product damage during installation
  • Maintains integrity over time under foot traffic and storage 
Super Low Water Vapor Permeability
  • Qualifies as a true vapor barrier (perm rating less than .01)
  • Ensures an effective seal against pressure driven moisture
Extrusion Coated Bright White Finish 
  • Provides a bright, clean look for the crawl space
  • Smooth coating allows for easy removal of dirt, footprints and smudges

Learn more about Insulation Solutions by visiting our website:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Roof & Gutter De-Icing Heat Trace System

Roofs and gutters can be severely damaged by ice buildup. Ice dams and icicles form when the accumulated snow on a roof melts, and refreezes at the eaves and valleys during the evening. As the cycle continues and the ice dam continues to grow it prevents the melted water from properly draining off of the roof. Eventually, icicles begin to form, potentially creating both structural damage and safety issues.

Pentair Thermal Management offers a roof & gutter de-icing system that provides gutter protection and helps prevent the formation of ice dams and icicle on facilities such as office buildings, warehouses, storage facilities and production buildings.

The roof and gutter heating cable maintains a continuous path for roof snow melt to drain from the roof through the gutter and downspout. This heat trace cable system is ideal for installation on:

  • Roofs made from standard roofing materials including shake, shingle, rubber, tar, wood, metal and plastic
  • Gutters made from standard materials including metal, plastic and wood
  • Downspouts made from standard materials including metal and plastic 

Pentair Thermal Management’ roof & gutter de-icing system is a simple design consisting of:

  • Electric heat trace cables - the Raychem IceStop self-regulating heat trace cable automatically adjusts its power output to compensate for temperature variations 
  • Connection kits and accessories - items for making electrical connections and properly completing the installation, such as power connections, end seals and attachment clips and ties 
  • Advanced control systems - devices such as thermostats, controllers and sensors, help trigger the system to energize when the ambient temperature is below freezing, ensure that the roof de-icing system is energy efficient and help maintain the temperature of the roof
  • Power distribution system - electric panels for installations that require power distribution with single-phase or three-phase circuits

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Taco FloodBreaker - Whole House Water Shut Off

The FloodBreaker is a whole house adjustable leak protection system that monitors several aspects of water usage. It shuts off the water supply once any of the monitored settings are reached. The FloodBreaker is NSF 61 certified and is suitable for potable water installations.

FloodBreaker Features:
  • Programmable Leak Detection Settings
  • Audible Alarm 
  • Floor Sensor 
  • Output Contact 
  • Input Contact 
  • Operates on Batteries and 9V DC Power Supply
  • Push Button Reset 
  • Mounts in Horizontal or Vertical Pipe 
  • Reduces Property Damage 
  • NSF 61 Certified

FloodBreaker Models:
  • FB075-1 3/4" NPT Union 
  • FB100-1 1" NPT Union 
  • FB125-1 1 1/4" NPT Union

Download the FloodBreaker literature here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Water Hammer Arrestors - Precision Plumbing Products

PPP SC-500 & SC-200F Water Hammer Arrestors

A maintenance-free installation is assured when using Precision Plumbing Products SC-500 & SC-200F arrestors. The only moving part is the free-moving piston furnished with “O”ring seals which have been tested for reliability in excess of normal operating ranges. PPP water hammer arrestors are specified for commercial, industrial and residential uses. These arrestors may be installed in new or existing plumbing systems with a standard pipe tee.

About Fluid Hammer
Fluid Hammer is a series of hydraulic shock waves generated within the confines of a piping system due to the sudden stopping of fluid flow. This condition is caused by the fast closing of positive valves incorporated within the system. The effect of fluid hammer is damaging if allowed to exist for any length of time and will result in broken pipes and damage to other components.


  • May be installed in new or existing plumbing systems with a standard pipe tee. No access panel required (Consult local code).
  • Maintenance free – the piston is the only moving part. 
  • Temperature range: -40°F to + 212°F (-4.4°C to + 100°C).
  • Construction: Barrel-fabricated of type “L” hard drawn copper.
  • Cap: Copper or free turning brass. 
  • Piston: Machined of low lead C69300 Eco brass or poly-carbonate Dow Calibre 2061-15 MFR.
  • Seals: “O”rings - EPDM.
  • Seal Lubricant: Dow-Corning Silicone Compound #111, FDA listed for use in potable water systems.
  • Designed to operate on all domestic and commercial systems. Normal operating pressure 0 to 200 P.S.I.G., Max spike Pressure 400 P.S.I.G.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How Does An Air Separator Work?

Air is the enemy of a hydronic system. Not only will it create noise in your system, but it also causes corrosion and can even stop the flow of water all together. Removing air is imperative to maintaining optimum performance.

In the video below, you'll get to see exactly what's going on inside your pipes. Bruce Marshall, of Emerson Swan, shows you a system operating with air, and then shows you how that system operates when an air separator is installed and the air is removed.

The Taco 4900 Series Air Separators are designed for the complete elimination of air from closed loop heating and cooling systems up to a maximum temperature of 240°F and a maximum pressure of 150 psi. The principle on which the Taco 4900 Series Air Separator is based is a patented and proven method of removing gases from water: the PALL ring process. Taco’s family of air elimination products delivers the most complete and effective means of air removal on the market.

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