Monday, December 18, 2017

From the moment Keen Home introduced the Smart Vent System on Shark Tank in early 2015, integration with ecobee’s smart thermostat has consistently ranked as one of the most frequently requested new features. After months of hard work and testing, we are pleased to announce, Keen Home Smart Vents are officially compatible with ecobee3 and ecobee lite smart thermostats and ecobee room sensors! This is a huge deal. Here's why:

  1. More smart thermostat integrations mean smarter vents. We launched with support for Nest’s Learning Thermostat as well as wi-fi thermostats on the SmartThings and Lowe’s Iris platforms. With the addition of ecobee3 to our roster of integrations, we’re making good on our promise to be integration-centric and to meet homeowners where they already are in terms of smart home technology.
  2. Wouldn’t it be great to have a thermostat in every room? With Smart Vents and ecobee room sensors, that’s what you’ll get. Even more frequently requested than ecobee3 integration, room-by-room thermostat functionality embodies the promise of Smart Vents for many of our customers . While we previously could only report on air temperature, ecobee’s room sensors give your Smart Vent System another data point from which to determine and act on temperature discrepancies between rooms. Best of all, we have learned a ton about working with room sensors and have started work on our own.
  3. Have multiple ecobee3’s in your home? Now you can pair them all with your Smart Vent System to support multiple zones. There is no limit to the number of thermostats that can be added, and with room sensors in place, you will have a comprehensive view of the climate in your home.

If all of that sounds interesting to you and you have an ecobee3 or ecobee lite, update your Keen Home app and connect your thermostat. To learn more about Kenn Home, visit our website:

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Little Giant Inline Pump Controls

Franklin Electric is excited to announce the launch of the much-anticipated Inline Controls! The new Inline Controls include five pump starting and control devices that pair with a variety of submersible or surface pumps to provide or boost the system’s overall water pressure – and in many cases, without the need of an additional bladder tank. Depending on application requirements and the selected model, this product family offers various forms of system protection. They also offer two unique features that ensure the system remains functional and hassle free, including: a daily motor rotation start designed to energize the motor at least once every 24 hours (to prevent system locking), and a unique automatic restart feature eliminating the need to manually restart the pump in the case of an unexpected trip or fault.

To learn more about Little Giant products, please visit our website:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Taco Timer/Aquastat Options

00 Timer/Aquastat 24 Hour Analog Timer & 7 Day Digital Programmable Timer

The Timer/Aquastat combination is designed to cycle the circulator during peak demand periods. Use the two devices together or separately. When used together, the Timer switches ON, sending power to the unit. The Temperature Aquastat measures the temperature and cycles the circulator as long as the Timer is “ON.” If used separately, the Timer operates the circulator during the chosen number of 15-minute intervals.

When using only the Aquastat, the circulator cycles continuously to maintain a temperature between 95º F. and 115º F. For maximum convenience and flexibility, you can retrofit both to any Taco 00® Series Cartridge Circulator.

To learn more about Taco products, please visit our website:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Decoro Design Panel Radiators

Smith’s Environmental Decoro Design Panel Radiators combine the comfort of radiant heat with an elegant contemporary design. These attractive radiators have been providing unsurpassed comfort and efficiency in European homes for more than 40 years. Because they are extremely versatile they can be used as a primary heating system, a supplement to a radiant floor system, or in conjunction with traditional heating sources.

An integral thermostatic valve with low setter is standard on each radiator. Combined with an optional non-electric operator, automatic room by room temperature control is achieved, resulting in additional comfort and energy efficiency.

Decoro Design Panel Radiators are quick and easy to install with the supplied snap-in mounting brackets, bottom pipe connections and reversible mounting.


  • Space Saving Design
  • Quiet, Comfortable Heating
  • Efficient Heat Transfer
  • Scratch, Dent And Corrosion Resistant
  • Individual Room Temperature Control
  • Available In A Variety Of Heights And Lengths
  • 10 Year Warranty
For more information on Smith's products, please visit our website:

Monday, November 13, 2017

HTP Everlast 3 Element Light Duty Commercial Electric Water Heater

The Everlast Light Duty Commercial Water Heater is a premium water heater for light duty applications. Created with multiple wiring configurations, it was made with adaptability in mind for installation and has the versatility to meet any job requirement. The 3 elements provide additional capacity for longer operation and quicker recovery between domestic hot water draws. Constructed with a durable steel enclosure hinge cover, access to internal fuses and wiring has never been more convenient. This water heater is offered in 3 gallon size capacities: 80, 100 & 115 and comes supported by a limited LIFETIME warranty when registered online.

To learn more about HTP products, please visit our website:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pocket Wall Unit Heaters By Smiths

The Smith’s Pocket Wall Unit is a fully integrated and completely ready-to-install recessed wall unit that comes in five different sizes. The pocket wall product line is perfect for large projects where you want to save labor by virtue of not having to put together a kickspace unit with a separate recessed wall kit…this is all done at our factory. Ranging in size from 2,000 to 15,000 BTUh’s, the PWU comes with an adjustable “stud flange” that allows you to mount the unit directly to the studs while accommodating later installation of the sheet rock that goes between the stud flange and front panel. As with our other products, the PWU series is equipped with a 110º/90º reverse-acting aquastat and three position (low, boost, off) speed control.

To learn more about Smith's products, please visit our website:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fernox Hydronic System Treatment

In recent years we have learned of the need for hydronic system treatment - whether for existing installs or new. The oxygen in water and the metals it flows through are natural enemies. Magnetite is a byproduct of corrosion and even the best vented systems are vulnerable. Electrolysis occurs when mixed metals are in close proximity. Modern heat exchangers require strict water quality and the best way to assure this is to use a high quality treatment. Since 1964, Fernox has been the leading manufacturer of water treatment chemical products. Available in easy to use aerosol cans, F5 Cleaner and F1 Protector provide peace of mind. Add a TF1 magnetic filter for complete protection.

To learn more about Fernox products, please visit our website:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Lifebreath 455 Commercial Re-Design

Dedicated to continuous improvement and product development, Airia Brands Inc. (Lifebreath) is pleased to announce a completely redesigned 455 FD/DD Heat Recovery Ventilator.

The Commercial Series 455 FD/DD units have been upgraded to provide greater airflow, higher efficiency and a broader range of installer friendly features.

Improved features include:

High efficiency HEX core: the redesigned cabinet now incorporates our patented optimum efficiency HEX aluminum core. The new core gives our units the highest efficiencies and shortest maintenance cycles in the industry.

Field Reversible: Installers now benefit from electronics that can be located on either side of the cabinet

Service features: Unit has front and back access panels, blowers slide easily in and out from either side, providing greater installation flexibility and service accessibility.

Filter option: Optional MERV 8 filter available for better protection against dust and other small particles

Cabinet Size: 33 ¼” W x 38 ¾” H x 29” D

To learn more about Lifebreath products, please visit our website:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Introducing The UFT Wall & Floor Combi Units By HTP

The UFT Combi is an advanced modulating condensing gas boiler. It has up to a 96% AFUE rating to provide you space heating and endless hot water while saving energy. Its revolutionary design features a stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger for excellent heat transfer capabilities. It is ENERGY STAR certified with low NOx emissions and lead free, making it eco-friendly!

What is a combination boiler?

A combination boiler is one appliance that provides both space heating and domestic hot water. A separate hot water heater is not needed when using a combi boiler, offering space and energy savings. The combi will use an air handler to circulate hot water from the appliance through the heat exchanger. A blower moves the heated air through a standard duct within the appliance. This compact appliance allows you to achieve all of your heating needs in one small unit.

Added Savings!

The UFT Combination unit provides homeowners 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.

To learn more about HTP products please visit our website:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Keen Home Is Now Represented By Emerson Swan

Emerson Swan is please to announce that we now represent Keen Home and their innovative Smart Vent.

The Smart Vent System was designed to increase comfort and reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature room-by-room. Smart Vents can be connected together using our Bridge and each vent can be controlled using your smartphone. They're also compatible with Nest, Ecobee and more!

Increase Comfort

Smart Vents let you customize the temperature of individual rooms and eliminate those pesky hot and cold spots.

Decrease Energy

Room-by-room zoning can reduce energy usage and costs by up to 30%.

On average, homes have two to four rooms that are too hot or too cold.

Install Smart Vents in over conditioned rooms and rooms that are unused for large portions of the day to intelligently distribute airflow in your home.

Easy To Install

  1. Remove the old vent
  2. Replace with a Keen Smart Vent
  3. Connect
To learn more about Keen Home, please visit our website:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Neutra-Safe System Feeders

Neutra-Safe System Feeders are designed to feed and maintain pressure in closed-loop hydronic systems and thermal solar systems that require up to 50 PSI of cold static pressure for use with water or glycol (up to 50%) solutions. Also known as a glycol feeder, they include a digital control, industrial duty pump. They efficiently eliminate the need for a pressure-reducing valve and a back-flow preventer. There is no permanent connection to the potable water system.

Neutra-Safe System Feeders detect system leaks and they limit fluid loss in the event of a major leak or freeze up burst. The fluid level is molded into tank and there is a digital control to display precise pressure settings of 0 – 50 pounds per square inch (psi). Dry alarm contacts are provided for remote notification of fluid loss.

Learn more about Neutra-Safe products on our website:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Emerson Swan Now Represents Ayre Lighting

AYRE Lighting Group embraces a design-based approach to develop innovative custom energy efficient lighting solutions. Utilizing a collaborative workflow, AYRE creates the design envelope to deliver highly efficient lighting technologies into the architectural space. Lighting as a component of the actively designed, sustainable space requires the integration of leading-edge LED light engines and control technologies within specific design constraints while employing state of the art manufacturing techniques. AYRE excels in navigating these complex areas with unique design, proprietary engineering and manufacturing insights drawn from extensive experience in developing innovative sustainable solutions. Our commitment to energy-saving, environmentally friendly technologies supports the goals of LEED certification and best practices in the eco-sensitive building industry.

AYRE Lighting Group has significant experience in a range of manufacturing disciplines, with the flexibility to address smaller projects as well as the ability to scale to the largest construction projects. AYRE is well positioned to address the market demand that comes with increasing national and international brand awareness and the desire for cutting edge designs mandated by newly legislated standards. From design development through engineering to conscientious manufacturing for a sustainable environment, the AYRE team brings concepts to reality. Simply stated, AYRE delivers innovative lighting solutions with efficiency, creativity and a respect for real world project deadlines and budgets.

Learn more about AYRE and view their collection on our website:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flexcon In-Well Tanks

Flexcon's new In-Well tanks are the perfect way to eliminate the presence of well tanks from both indoor and outdoor spaces. Because this new type of tank is installed directly in the well pipe, space, noise, condensation and freezing issues associated with regular well tanks are a thing of the past. Our In-Well tanks are designed to be used with a variable speed pump or regulating valve constant pressure system. Combined with Flexcon quality, reliability and expertise, they're guaranteed to provide your customers years of trouble-free service. And due to their simple design, installation is a piece of cake.


  • Outer Shell: 5-gauge stainless steel/ schedule 40 PVC 
  • Water chambers: Heavy-duty 100% butyl rubber bladder 
  • Testing: High pressure, seam weld, helium, final precharge check 
  • Air valve: Brass valve with O-ring seal 
  • Warranty: Five year

Learn more about Flexcon products on our website:

Monday, August 28, 2017

The High Efficiency HTP Crossover Commercial Wall Water Heater

The best of both a tank and tankless water heater combined into one superior hot water source. The Crossover Commercial Wall Water Heater allows you to enjoy the benefits of a high efficiency unit without surrendering your need for endless hot water and abundant water pressure. The crossover design prevents spontaneous bursts of cold water and high pressure loss which are typical for most tankless water heaters.

The NEW Crossover Commercial is made of durable 316L stainless steel with a hi-fin heat exchanger design for superior performance. It has a durable 316L stainless steel with up to a 3.5 gallon fire tube heat exchanger and provides zero flow activation and scale prevention technology. The CGH has a thermal efficiency of up to 95% and a UEF of up to .92. With an advanced modulating system this commercial water heater has a 10 to 1 turndown ratio with a very low pressure drop requiring only a small pump to provide maximum output. The Crossover Commercial is eco-friendly and boasts a low NOx combustion system all while maintaining the option to cascade up to 18 units for system redundancy and a large turndown (up to 180 to 1). This water heating system is wall mountable, easily fits into small spaces and is available in both liquid propane and natural gas.

It also includes a Multi-function Control Panel that features a customized temperature control system. These controls work together to make domestic hot water even more comfortable by maintaining constant temperature while the unit is in use.

To learn more about HTP products, please visit our website:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Modine's Hot Dawg Special Edition Trim Kits

Modine's Hot Dawg is widely recognized as the industry's most popular residentially-certified gas-fired unit heater, with six sizes available from 30,000 - 125,000 BTUs. It is an ideal solution for residential garages and workshops, along with light commercial or industrial applications.

The Special Edition trim kits are now available in three different style options. These kits fit new or existing Hot Dawg unit from 30,000 - 75,000 BTUs. Choose from:

Huntin' Dawg - perfect for sportsmen & hunters
Diamond Dawg - a great compliment to any car or motorcycle enthusiasts garage
Carbon Fiber - spruce up your standard Hot Dawg with this exciting

For more information on Modine products, please visit our website:

Monday, August 14, 2017

FloodBreaker Whole House Water Shut Off

The Taco 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-G certified.


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

To learn more about Taco products, please visit our website:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Raychem HWAT Self-Regulating Electric Heat Trace Cable

Raychem HWAT self-regulating electric heat trace cable is designed to provide hot water temperature maintenance for domestic hot water supply pipes in commercial and residential structures. The heat trace cable is installed on the hot water supply pipes (underneath standard pipe insulation) and replaces supply-pipe heat losses at the point where the heat loss occurs, thereby providing continuous, energy-efficient, hot water temperature maintenance and eliminating the need for a recirculation system. Since the heat trace cable utilizes Raychem's self regulating technology, the cable adjusts its power output to compensate for variations in water temperature and ambient temperature. That means it produces more heat if the temperature drops and less heat if the temperature rises.

Combining the HWAT heating cable with the HWAT-ECO controller provides a flexible hot water temperature maintenance system that will both compensate for installation variations and provide adjustable temperature set points to maximize energy efficiency.

Learn more about Raychem by visiting our website:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Clear Tube Condensate Neutralizers

Neutra-Safe tube-style condensate neutralizers come in a range of four sizes from 220,000 to 2 million British Thermal Units per Hour (BTUHs). The patent pending tube-style neutralizers feature integral unions with O-ring seals that greatly simplify removal for service and recharging. Unthreading a lock ring on either end of the unit allows the main body to be removed without disturbing the drain line. Replacement O-rings are included with tube style recharge kits and all 2-inch tube-style neutralizers have snap-in mounting brackets.

Why Is Our Condensate Neutralizer Better?
  • Our Condensate Neutralizer Is BIGGER Which Offers Greater Performance & Longevity
  • Our Condensate Neutralizer Offers Higher Capacity On Our Smallest Unit ~ One Size Fits Most Residential Applications
  • Our Clear Cartridge Allows You To See The Consistent Quality Of Our Media
  • Our Condensate Neutralizer Has Superior Media Quality
To learn more about Neutra-Safe products, please visit our website:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dornbracht Vaia: An Elegant Yet Progressive Design

Inspired by the ‘eclectic style’ interior design trend, the distinctive design of the new premium designer fitting is both elegant and progressive. Vaia is therefore equally at home in traditional and modern bathroom architectures – as well as those that combine the elements of different style worlds, in keeping with the eclectic style.

The Vaia series incorporates a soft, balanced design language and an attitude that is always receptive to anything new. Its delicate spout picks up a traditional shape and transposes it to a new, more open silhouette. There is a traditional feel to the handles as well – available as cross-handles or levers, they combine geometric shapes and soft contours. The rosettes are tapered, creating an especially smooth transition to the washstand.

Stylistic Versatility

Vaia’s clear design language is a response to the varied and increasingly complex interiors world of tomorrow, and blends elegantly into the mix of present-day living styles. It creates a familiar and harmonious atmosphere – at the same time as maintaining the progressive attitude that characterises all the Dornbracht design series. With fittings and series-specific accessories for washstand, bidet, shower and bath applications, Vaia brings a great deal of creative freedom.

A New Finish: Dark Platinum Matt

Vaia is available in Dornbracht’s much loved platinum matt and polished chrome finishes. A new addition from autumn 2017 will be the exquisite dark platinum matt finish. Its dark, lightly brushed silk matt colour appears warm, soft and grounding and creates a feeling of old world charm in the bathroom. Dornbracht’s new variant provides another opportunity to individualise the bathroom and adds even more scope for creative freedom.

Learn more about Dornbracht by visiting our website:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Multi-Volt Zone Sentry Zone Valve

The Multi-Volt Zone Sentry by Taco accepts input voltages between 120 and 277VAC 50/60HZ.

It is designed for use in hydronic HVAC systems, primarily in fan coils and air handlers or other HVAC systems where a quality line voltage zone valve is required.

The Taco Zone Sentry can be installed in both heating and cooling applications and is available in a normally closed or normally open configuration.

Learn more about Taco products on our website:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bacino Above-Counter Washbasin By Duravit

Modern And Individual Washing Areas

With the Bacino above-counter washbasin, Duravit set a trend that continues unabated today. A small but attractive range, Bacino enables both modern and distinctive washing area solutions for private bathrooms, powder rooms and hotels.

Versatile Combinations

Bacino can be combined with various Duravit furniture ranges, as well as with other console materials, such as stone, concrete or glass mosaic. The above-counter basin in the “rectangular” variant with softened corners in combination with furniture console or as attractive double washing area solution.


The WonderGliss coating that is baked into the ceramic doesn‘t give grime a chance: dirt and limescale cannot secure a hold on the smooth surface, so residue runs off more easily with the water. Sanitary ceramics featuring WonderGliss stay smooth and clean for longer and are thus extremely easy to clean. All it takes is a soft cloth and mild cleaning agent.

Learn more about Duravit by visiting our website:

Monday, June 26, 2017

FlexFit Mini-Splits From Haier

FlexFit Series of Mini-Splits

The FlexFit Series of Mini-Splits from Haier is available in a wall-mount, indoor model. Four models are offered with cooling capacities from 7,000 to 18,000 Btuh, and heating capacities from 8,000 to 19,000 Btuh. 3D airflow is able to deliver airflow horizontally and vertically, so the air blows like natural wind. Optimized fan motor and air duct design allows long distance airflow up to 60'. The system can be controlled from a hard-wired unit, or a wireless remote ideal for multiple rooms. The FlexFit Series of Mini-Splits from Haier is available in a wall-mount, indoor model. Four models are offered with cooling capacities from 7,000 to 18,000 Btuh, and heating capacities from 8,000 to 19,000 Btuh. 3D airflow is able to deliver airflow horizontally and vertically, so the air blows like natural wind. Optimized fan motor and air duct design allows long distance airflow up to 60'. The system can be controlled from a hard-wired unit, or a wireless remote ideal for multiple rooms.

Learn more about Haier ductless systems on our website:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Flexcon's New Line Of Buffer Tanks

Flexcon's Buffer tank (BUF) is the only composite pressurized buffer tank on the market for use on geothermal hydronic systems, low mass boiler systems and chilled water applications. Using Flexcon's composite tank technology, we've developed a tank that won't corrode and is significantly lighter than our competition. These advantages can reduce labor costs on installations while being a cost efficient way to improve system efficiency by reducing heat pump short cycling during low load periods and hydraulically separating the source from the distribution system. For greater efficiency with your geothermal system, low mass boiler or chilled water system, try ARGOSY Buffer tank.

For more information about Flexcon buffer tanks, please visit our website:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Insulated Piping From Watts Radiant

R-flex by Watts Radiant is a pre-insulated, flexible, energy-saving PEX piping system with a durable, waterproof outer cover. R-flex is used as cost-effective distribution for heating and cooling applications in schools, universities, resorts, housing developments, and much more. It consists of a long-lasting PEX carrier pipe or pipes surrounded by thick insulation layers, all contained in a unique double-wall outer casing for maximum protection. The flexibility and light weight of R-flex make it far easier to install than rigid piping systems.

Flexible, Fast, and Easy
R-flex derives a unique benefit from the use of the polyethylene foam insulation and the double-wall outer shell; increased flexibility. This feature provides an advantage when running R-flex between buildings, around trench corners, or through wall penetrations. The ability to maintain tighter bends makes handling easier and installations quicker.

Simply dig a trench, lay down a sand foundation, and lay the R-flex in a gentle serpentine pattern. R-flex is self-compensating, eliminating the need for expensive expansion loops.

Single and Dual R-flex carrier pipe options provide greater system design flexibility and reduced installation time.

Long coil lengths minimize the need for mid-run connections translating into reduced installation costs and a reduced potential of leaks.


  • High resistance to corrosion and pressure at high temperatures
  • Exceptionally high abrasion resistance
  • Superb chemical resistance
  • Proven product with excellent longevity at high temperatures

To learn more about Watts Radiant, please visit our website:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monitor And Manage Your Commercial Property With Taco iWorx

About Taco iWorX

iWorX® from Taco Electronics Solutions is a flexible, easily-scalable management, monitoring and control system designed specifically for commercial buildings of any size and high-end residential installations. iWorX is ideal for integrating forced air and hydronic systems, including geothermal and solar, and for assuring that each system communicates effectively and works smoothly together.

iWorX Selection Wizard

The iWorX building management, monitoring and control system is supported by an online iWorX Selection Wizard that offers contractors and design engineers the ability to create and specify iWorX projects in minutes. Using simple input from the user, the iWorX Selection Wizard creates a complete submittal package that includes wiring and air flow diagrams, bill of materials, sequence of operations, and complete job specifications.

To learn more about Taco iWorx, please visit our webiste:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Installing A Kickspace Heater Is A Breeze With Our Hose Kits

The concept behind the Smith's Kickspace hose kit accessory was that a homeowner who has spent a lot of money on kitchen or bathroom cabinets just doesn’t want an installer cutting them up more than is necessary. The Quick Fit Hose Kit provides a means of installing any Quiet-One kickspace heater without having to cut out an access panel in the bottom of the cabinet; it makes Quiet-One kickspace units easier to install as all solder work can be done and all tube connections can be made before the installer slides the Quiet-One into its final resting place under the cabinet; and imagine that, in the unlikely event that service is required, the installer can now pull the kickspace out into the middle of the floor rather than climb into the cabinet.

Each fully packaged kit includes:

  • 8’ of 1/2″ Watts Radiant ONIX synthetic hose with DIN standard oxygen barrier
  • four 3⁄8” barb x 1⁄2″ sweat tee
  • two 1/2″ copper elbows
  • two 1/2″ copper couplings
  • four 3⁄8″ self tite clamps

Learn more about Smith's Environmental Products on our website:

Monday, May 15, 2017

The High Efficiency Crossover Wall Water Heater

The best of both a tank and tankless water heater combined into one superior unit. The Crossover Wall allows you to enjoy the benefits of a high efficiency unit without surrendering your need for endless hot water and abundant water pressure. The crossover design prevents spontaneous bursts of cold water, which are typical for most tankless water heaters. As user demand increases, the Crossover can provide hot water at higher pressures for multiple fixtures and has built-in recirculation capabilities.

In the video below, Richard Trethewey from Ask This Old House returns to a home he visited four years earlier to replace a faulty water heater with an HTP high efficiency Crossover tankless water heater.

To learn more about our products, please visit our website:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rubber Expansion Joints Are Like Tires

They need to be inspected regularly! Just like tires, they need to be replaced based on use and wear. Have you inspected your rubber expansion joints lately?

The Fluid Sealing Association recommends replacing non-fatigued joints every 5-10 years based on the application. Note, that if the expansion joint is fatigued, they will need to be replaced even more frequently than that. Below is a list of fatigue signs that indicate the expansion joint should be REPLACED IMMEDIATELY!
  • Major blisters, deformations, and/or ply separations
  • Cracking where the fabric is exposed and torn
  • The metal reinforcement is visible through the cover
  • The joint feels soft or gummy from rubber deterioration
  • Leakage or weeping is occurring from any surface of the expansion joint

Make sure your system is safe and running at peak performance. Whether you are replacing an old EJ or installing a new one, install Twin City Hose rubber expansion joints with confidence! Applications include, but are not limited to commercial HVAC systems, industrial piping systems, power plants, marine systems, sewage treatment plants, and waste water systems.

To learn more about Twin City Hose, please visit our website:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Modine Horizontal Electric Heater

Modine electric unit heaters provide a wide variety of options in solving comfort-heating problems. Each is designed for long heat-throw, uniform heat-delivery and reduced maintenance. Horizontal models feature hinged bottom panels for easy control access and are recommended for use in buildings where ceilings are low and with few obstructions. These models are normally placed around the perimeter of the building so that the air stream from each heater "wipes" the wall to produce a blanket of warm air along the building's outside walls where heat loss is greatest.


  • Deflector blades can be adjusted to lengthen or shorten heat throw as well as direct heated air up or down 
  • Optional vertical deflector blades deflect air either to the left or right, permitting complete directional control over air discharge 
  • Terminal and junction boxes provide easy access to: heating-element terminals, overheat control switch, the unit's power supply and control connections. 
  • Motors are enclosed and protected from thermal overload 
  • Fans are statically and dynamically balanced 
  • An automatically re-setting overheat control interrupts the power supply to the heating elements in the event of overheating. This control resets once the element is at a safe temperature 
  • Fan and motor assemblies are exposed and can be removed without lowering the unit heater 
  • Made in the USA

To learn more about Modine products, please visit our website:

Monday, April 24, 2017

How To Install An Indirect Water Heater On A Boiler

Did you know an indirect water heater is one of the most cost effective ways to heat water? It eliminates the tremendous flue losses associated with gas-fired storage water heaters 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!

The SuperStor Ultra is a high performance indirect water heater that can generate over 50% more hot water than many water heaters of a similar size. It has minimal heat loss, thanks to a 2" thick environmentally safe water blown foam insulation.

In the video below, Richard Trethewey, from Ask This Old House, explains the benefits of upgrading a tankless coil boiler to an indirect fired water heater. This projects features a SuperStor Ultra indirect water heater from HTP and a 007e circulator high efficiency circulator from Taco Comfort Solutions.

To learn more about HTP, please visit our website:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Breweries Are Choosing Aquatherm PP-R

Industry standard piping systems may not present problems today, but down the line they could corrode, leak, and have negative effects on your product.

Aquatherm polypropylenerandom (PP-R) piping systems are crafted for use with potable water, compressed air, product transfer, heating, cooling, and more – a serious upgrade for a variety of brewery needs.

Ideal for new builds, expansions, or system upgrades, Aquatherm PP-R piping systems are one of the longest-lasting and most chemically inert piping materials available.
  • Approved for potable water and food contact
  • Virtually leak free
  • No effect on taste and smell of products
  • Safe for use in almost any part of a system
  • No corrosion from or reaction with water, glycol, or oils
  • Non-toxic, non-leaching, and fully recyclable
  • Directly contributes to LEED v4 points

To learn more about Aquatherm, please visit our website:

Monday, April 10, 2017

SuperStor Pro Pool Heater

The SuperStor Pro Pool from HTP is a stainless steel water heater that draws energy from a boiler to maintain a desired pool temperature. The hot boiler water flows through an internal heat exchanger in the tank, heating the pool water. The boiler must have an adequate BTU capacity and a circulator to transfer the BTUs to the pool heater. An optional control is available to monitor the pool water temperature.

The SuperStor Pro Pool water heater is made with 316L stainless steel tank construction to resist corrosion and last longer. It also eliminates the need for anode rods. Traditional coated tanks require anode rods to delay inevitable corrosion and tank failure. The SuperStor Pro Pool stainless steel will outlast any coated steel tank in the market. With 316L stainless steel construction, maintenance costs are virtually non-existent.

The SuperStor Pro Pool has thick water blown foam insulation allowing for minimal heat loss and low standby losses. The SuperStor Pro Pool can be linked to a boiler using either a zone valve or a circulated pump. The boiler used in conjunction with the pool heater must be appropriately sized to handle to pool volume.

To learn more about HTP products, please visit our website:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Our 2017 Training Schedule Is Out!

Plumbing, heating and HVAC are constantly evolving trades. As equipment becomes more sophisticated, education on latest and greatest developments becomes more important. Also, as new individuals enter the trades they need to learn the essentials so that they can become proficient, competent and profitable. This is why Emerson Swan offers training courses throughout the year on various subjects from the basics of hydronic piping to trouble shooting modulating-condensing boilers. Training courses are system oriented and primarily focused on the installing contractor, but there is always something to be gained for engineers, designers and wholesale distributors. We want to help you to understand how systems work so that you can do the job right the first time, maximize profits and reduce call backs from unsatisfied customers.

Upcoming Classes in 2017

All classes our held at Emerson Swan's office in Randolph, MA. Lunch will be served at all full day classes. To learn more about our courses and register to attend, please visit our website:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bring Compact To A New Level With The Lifebreath METRO Series

The new Lifebreath METRO Series offers superior performance and functionality in a small, compact size. The Series consists of 2 HRV’s and an ERV. It is ideally suited for high-rise condos, apartments and townhomes, fitting in bulkheads and drop down ceilings. Their small size makes for an easy installation in tight spaces.

The new Metro 120 ERV/HRV provides factory-set balancing suitable in most typical installation settings! A balance of +/-10% between supply and exhaust air flows is easily and automatically maintained for static pressures that differ by 0.2wc or less between an external static range of 0.3wc to 0.8wc.

The METRO Series has been designed with a removable motor and electronic panel for easy maintenance and repairs, plus a swing open ebox cover for quick access to circuit board and dip switches. Also available are optional white metal ceiling access panels in 3 sizes for easy servicing.

Our METRO HRVs (METRO 120F & METRO 120D) feature the patented aluminum HEX core, which carries a lifetime warranty, recirculating damper or fan defrost versions available, and offers multi-direction drain connections.

The METRO 120ERV offers a highly efficient fresh air ventilation solution that helps manage excess moisture and maximizes energy recovery during both heating and cooling seasons. The METRO 120 ERV also does not require a drain connection.

The METRO series is a complete line up to support any job and can be paired with many of our Lifebreath controls, wireless timer options and hoods, including our newly certified dual hood.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Magnetic Filter Installation: Prolonging Boiler and Component Life

By Jeff Waldman
Waldman Plumbing & Heating
12 Essex St. Lynn, MA 01902

Fernox TF1 Magnetic Filter

This is a photo of a Fernox TF1 magnetic filter 4 weeks after installation of a brand new Viessmann CU3A boiler with copper baseboard radiation. The streak marks on the filter body show the filter was leaking from being loaded with debris it had removed from the system.

Magnetic Filter Disassembled

This photo shows the magnetite, sludge and debris that adhered to the magnet inside the TF1 filter. This is only a small portion of what was removed from the system, the rest remained inside the filter body. This is only 4 weeks after a new boiler installation. This sludge was not new- it was existing from the old system inside all of the radiators and piping.


You can see the thickness of the magnetite and sludge here- the width of the magnet is visible at the bottom of the photo. Without this magnetic filter, this sludge and debris would stay in the system forever and wreak havoc on all of the boiler components-especially the ferrous components (piping, valves, circulators). This sludge is good job security for heating technicians- it ensures we will have to be back often to replace leaking components on the system.

Water Quality

This bucket shows the water and sludge that was removed from the filter body alone. Again, this is after only 4 weeks of a brand new system. Imagine what the water quality is like after 1, 2 or 5 years. The filter is easily cleaned and serviced. We also treated this water with a special cleaner and protectant after this visit to start off with clean water. The protectant will stop the water from getting to this point in the first place.

To learn more about Fernox products, please visit our website

Monday, March 6, 2017

Taco Introduces The LeakBreaker Water Heater Shut-Off

The Taco LeakBreaker (model #LB-075-H-1LF) is a water heater leak protection device that protects against flood damage from a leaking water heater. This resettable, testable protection device can easily be installed on any style water heater to shut-off the incoming water supply, preventing additional water flow to a damaged water heater.

The LeakBreaker consists of a control unit, valve with actuator, and sensor. And all components are prewired to simplify the installation process. It features an audible alarm with mute, 2-color LED status light, and will operate on batteries or power supply.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Metpar Powder Shield Partitions

Powder coated steel is popular for its economy and durability. The galvanneal steel provides strong adhesion for a durable smooth powder painted finish. This surface is three times more resistant to humidity and salt spray than solvent based painted finishes. It's easier to clean, and is available in many colors. System features emergency outside access to stall.

Construction features 1" thick doors and panels, 1-1/4" pilasters, constructed of two sheets of galvanneal steel, formed and cemented under pressure to a honeycomb core. All edges are finished with 20-gauge interlocking steel moldings. Corners are welded and finished with pre-formed stainless steel reinforcements. Doors feature steel reinforcements to secure hardware items, with "in-use" indicator latch. Rust inhibitive coated material is painted with multiple coats of epoxy-hybrid powder, applied electrostatically and baked until cured. Standard wall fittings are chrome-plated die-cast zamac.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Taco Introduces the 007e, the Successor to the 007

Taco Comfort Solutions has introduced the new 007e ECM high-efficiency circulator, offering the equivalent performance of the legendary 007 combined with high-efficiency ECM technology that uses up to 85% less electricity and requires no programming. The new 007e affirms Taco's commitment to ECM technology and their ongoing development of high-efficiency heating components.

The 007e also features the innovative BIO Barrier®, which protects the pump from contaminants, and the SureStart function, which automatically frees locked rotor conditions and self-purges air.

The 007e is ideally suited for hydronic systems zoned with circulators or zone valves. Additional features include dual electrical knock-outs, 6" stranded wire leads for easy wiring, Integral Flow Check (IFC®), and double insulation — no ground wire required. The nut-grabber feature on the flanges makes installation quick and easy. The optional two-way flange model provides universal fit to any flange position.

The 007e even alerts you to its status with convenient LED displays — orange for normal operation and white for SureStart mode. With Taco's new, 007e, hydronic installers can now enjoy high-efficiency ECM technology at a great value. Install it, forget it.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Merlin 1000S Laboratory Utility Controller

The Merlin 1000S Laboratory Utility Controller from American Gas Safety is designed specifically for use in School and University Laboratories. This panel is to be used to carry out a gas proving test on the pipe work in order to highlight if there is a gas appliance open or a gas leak in the laboratory. The Merlin 1000S is designed to give the teacher full control over the incoming gas supply with the lockable key-switch operation. In built connectivity allows for connection to existing fire alarm and building management systems and with its easy to use system status panel and labeled PCB the Merlin 1000S is easy to install and easy to operate.

The Merlin 1000S can work in conjunction with carbon dioxide, natural gas, carbon monoxide and LPG sensors. The Merlin 1000S also has a built in “timeout” facility which will automatically shut off the gas solenoid valve at the end of a specific time period, this time period can be adjusted to 2, 5, 8 hours or can be overridden if required.

  • Can work in conjunction with a Merlin CO2 Monitor.
  • Protects people and property by testing for leaks before allowing the gas on.
  • Reliable method of pressure proving using the gas pressure transducer.
  • Key switch operation gives teacher full control.
  • Quick proving test, typically 30 seconds from switch on to ready for use.
  • Time out facility protects the building out of hours
  • Low pressure indication, continual monitoring of gas pressure.
  • Clear LED display for system indications.
  • Compatible with both BMS and fire alarm systems.
  • Straightforward to install and calibrate, the Merlin 1000S can be easily adjusted to the user’s requirements.
  • Covered by American Gas Safety LLC 3 year warranty.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Powers VisuGuard® Shower Valve Now With T/P Technology

Powers has upgraded its temperature display bath and shower valve to T/P technology. VisuGuard® T/P now protects against incoming temperature changes as well as pressure fluctuations and is listed to ASSE 1016’s most stringent performance standard, Type T/P. VisuGuard® T/P is ideal for healthcare facilities where visual monitoring of bather water temperature is critical.

  • Precise temperature readout within 1/10th of a degree
  • Affordably priced, comparable to common pressure balance valves 
  • Provides true protection against pressure and temperature changes 
  • Eliminates time and cost for seasonal limit stop adjustments 
  • Controls mixed outlet temperature within 10°F of hot water supply temperature for applications where low hot water temperatures exist 
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on internal tempering mechanism 
  • Won’t stick or seize due to harsh water conditions 
  • Back-to-back installation without costly cross-over piping 
  • Self-contained cartridge installs in minutes to simplify repairs 
  • ASSE 1016 Type T/P and cUPC listed 
  • Tested to ASSE 1016 Type T/P and CSA B125.1 standards

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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Taco 0015e3 Is The ECM Solution For Contractors

The 0015e3™ from Taco Comfort Solutions is the 3 setting ECM circulator that replaces all 3-speed hydronic circulators in its class.

It follows on the heels of the 007e ECM circulator introduced by Taco last year, and uses the same simplified ECM technology—Install it, forget it™.

The 0015e3 is the ECM solution for contractors who want that same simplified technology, but prefer the option of three easy settings – Low, Medium, and High.

The 0015e3 is ideal for hydronic systems zoned with circulators or zone valves. It provides three settings for maximum head pressure to match system requirements - LOW (5 feet), MEDIUM (10 feet), or HIGH (18 feet), with 16 gpm maximum flow. And the 0015e3 delivers the same performance, reliability and ease of installation that made the 00® Series circulators famous.

  • As reliable and easy to install as the 007e
  • High-efficiency ECM motor uses up to 85% less electricity
  • BIO Barrier® protects the pump from contaminants
  • SureStart™ automatic unblocking and air purging mode
  • Integral Flow Check (IFC®) included
  • Double insulation – no ground wire required
  • Dual electrical knockout with 6 ft. stranded wire for easy installation
  • LED indicator lights
  • Optional 2-way flange

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Watts RadiantPex-AL | Cross-linked Polyethylene Tubing with Aluminum Layer

RadiantPEX-AL is a composite pipe engineered for radiant floor heating. It's proven, long lasting and maintenance-free. Installers like it because it's lightweight, durable and can be shaped to fit any jobsite. The aluminum layer protects boiler systems against corrosion and it has superior temperature and pressure ratings.

RadiantPEX-AL is manufactured to American Standard Testing Methods for composite radiant pipe and fittings (ASTM F-1281-05). Included are requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, environmental stress cracking, sustained hydrostatic pressure strength, thermo-cycling resistance and bend strength among other tests. RadiantPEX-AL meets or exceeds these specifications.

  • Best of Both Worlds - Strength, memory and pressure rating of aluminum with the corrosion resistance of PEX, inside and out. 
  • Bends To Your Will - Rigid enough to hold itself in place for straight, neat runs with enough flexibility to go around obstacles without additional fittings. 
  • The Strong Silent Type - Doesn't expand as much as PEX, resulting in less noise in an underfloor application.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Flexcon Hydronic Expansion Tanks Are A True Work Horse

Constructed of deep drawn welded steel domes, Flexcon Industries HTX expansion tanks 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.


  • Tank: 16- gauge cold rolled steel 
  • Finish: Appliance-quality paint for corrosion resistance
  • Diaphragm Material: 100% butyl rubber
  • Connection: Welded steel 
  • Testing: High pressure, seam weld, helium, final precharge check 
  • Air valve: Brass valve with O-ring seal 
  • Warranty: Five year

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Monday, January 9, 2017

HTP Hydra Smart RTC - Commercial Condensing Gas Tankless Water Heater

The Hydra Smart RTC, from HTP, is a commercial condensing gas tankless water heater manufactured with a high grade stainless steel heat exchanger to provide endless hot water. The unit has a 10 to 1 turndown and is highly efficient, with a .95 Energy Factor, making it Energy Star certified. The Hydra Smart RTC is eco-friendly with a low NOx combustion system. The RTC will supply high temperature for sanitation and will cascade up to 18 units - up to 6 units common vented. You will never run out of hot water with this advanced modulating tankless water heater, available in natural gas or liquid propane.

The RTC is manufactured with high grade stainless steel heat exchangers. Stainless steel resists corrosion and provides a longer life expectancy by design. It is available in natural gas and liquid propane and is high altitude compliant – up to 10,000 ft. above sea level!

Endless Hot Water
The RTC is currently available in 199,000 BTUs. It delivers endless hot water for when your family or business needs it most with 5 Gallon Per Minute (GPM) at 77°F rise, 8.5 GPM at 45°F rise or 11GPM at a 35°F rise.

Impressive Warranty
The Hydra Smart RTC is backed by a limited 5 year commercial warranty or a 12 year residential right out of the box! No registration is required.

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