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In Episode 14 on PexTV we highlight our selection of Air Eliminators.
We also tell you about our companies plans to take part in MOVEMBER, and change the face of mens health!
Viega’s FostaPEX tubing provides a unique option for PEX installations. Its aluminum layer serves as an oxygen barrier, making FostaPEX compatible with closed-loop heating systems. The aluminum also keeps the tubing more rigid and reduces linear expansion. Unlike other PEX-AL-PEX, FostaPEX has the same dimensions as standard PEX tubing. Only PEX Press fittings can be used to make connections with FostaPEX tubing. FostaPEX is lead-free and NSF-approved for use with potable water. Viega MANABLOC manifolds have PEX Press fitting options. Make sure to use an appropriate prep tool to prepare FostaPEX tubing prior to making any connections.
Start your car on a cold morning and walk around to the tailpipe. See that water dripping? That’s the way a high-efficiency, condensing boiler works. It removes so much of the heat from the flue gases that the gases turn to liquid and drip out. That liquid is acidic so we use neutralizers to deal with it before we dump it down the drain. Your car isn’t a condensing boiler, so it has a thermostat to keep the heater from heating the inside of your car until the engine comes up to a certain temperature. That’s to keep the acid out of your car’s muffler and tailpipe (Hey, repairs are expensive!). The next time your kids are yelling that they’re cold, and for you to turn on the heat, explain how a car is like a high-efficiency, condensing boiler. They’ll love you for that.
Tankless water heaters present an alternative to conventional tank water heaters. Tankless units generally take up less space, can be mounted on a wall, and only heat water on demand. Although tank-style water heaters expend extra energy to keep the contents of their storage tanks warm at all times, they are the preferable option in many applications. Tankless heaters can provide hot water indefinitely – but only if the maximum per-minute flow rate of a unit at the required temperature rise is not exceeded. This makes them an ideal choice for homes and applications in which extended use at relatively low flow rates is the norm. Since conventional tank water heaters have a pre-heated reserve of hot water, they function more effectively when heavy bursts of simultaneous hot water usage can be anticipated. Find out more about these two methods of water heating in PexSupply.com’s video, “Choosing Between Tank and Tankless Water Heaters.”
Looking for a way to retrofit your old baseboard heaters? Do-it-yourself with the versatile and easy to install Baseboarders replacement covers.
Baseboard heaters have been an extremely popular choice for many homes since the mid-1950s—and unfortunately, many of these units are showing their age. Dents, dings, scratches and rust spots can make these sleek, compact radiator covers look dated and shabby. Luckily, there is an easy do-it-yourself retrofit for today’s homeowners with Basebaorders.
Baseboarders is the versatile, one-size fits all replacement heater covers that offer homeowners an easy way to refurbish old, ugly and damaged baseboard heaters. The sleek, architecturally-inspired covers take only a couple of minutes to install, and are a simple DIY home improvement project that can dramatically improve the look of any room.
“The main benefits to Baseboarders replacement heater covers are the elegant look, the ease of installation and the fact that they are safe for children,” points out Daniel O’Brian, one of our tech team members. “Baseboarders heater covers can give your room a whole new look in minutes; they are the sturdiest covers on the market, and they have a lifetime warranty against rust.”
Baseboarders replacement heater covers are made of 22-gauge perforated steel with two separate layers of protection against rust: an electroplated galvanized undercoat finished with an epoxy-based top coat in semi-gloss white. The sleek, curved silhouette of the covers allows them to fit easily over most existing baseboard heaters, measuring from 5 ½ to 6 ¾ inches tall, 3 ¼ inches deep from the wall and between 7 ½ to 9 inches from the floor to the top of heater. There is also a premium tall version available to fit over larger heating elements. To determine the correct size for your specific heater, check out this handy retrofit guide.
Another key feature of Baseboarders is the perforated steel screen construction, which promotes superior airflow to the heating element, while keeping it concealed. The child-safe design prevents children’s fingers from reaching into the heater, and also prevents small toys or other flammable objects from becoming trapped inside or under the heater cover.
Installing replacement baseboard covers is literally “a snap” due to the innovative construction. Simply remove the existing end caps and front cover; then position the Baseboarders replacement cover over the existing back plate and heater unit. Push down the lip of the new cover over the existing back plate until the new cover is secure; then snap in the new end caps, which can be adjusted side-to-side to ensure a perfect fit. If there is no existing back plate, you can purchase wall brackets to hold the new cover in place. For longer heaters, you can put multiple sections of Baseboarders covers together with a simple coupler strip.
Prices range from $41.95 for a two foot section up to $129.95 for a six-foot section; end caps start at $16.95; inside and outside corners, coupler pieces and mounting brackets also are available. All of the components are finished in a powder-coated, semi-gloss white tone and can be painted to match any décor. Baseboarders replacement heater covers allow you to transform a grungy and decrepit eyesore into an architectural asset in minutes, and at a fraction of the cost of replacing the heating system.
To learn more about the installation process check out the video below, or visit PexSupply.com where you’ll find more information on baseboard heater covers and how to choose the right produce for your needs.
Joining AO Smith’s range of high performance residential heat pump water heaters comes the new SHPT-50 Voltex Hybrid Electric 50-gallon model. The SHPT-50 has increased energy efficiency to ensure there is available hot water at the lowest possible cost. With an Energy Factor (EF) of 2.75, the annual cost is $170, $25 less than a leading competitor, and $350 less than a conventional electric model. This model conserves energy and meets Energy Star qualifications, which can reduce water heating costs by up to 66%. It also meets the Uniform Plumbing Code requirements for 3 bedroom/3 bath homes with a 67.5-gallon first hour rating.
The SHPT-50 is ideal for basements or garage installations. It works by absorbing ambient heat from the surrounding air to heat the water using a compressor and environmentally friendly R134a refrigerant. There is a self-contained heat pump that is integrated into the top of the tank, and choice of operating modes to maximize efficiency and performance, including Vacation mode, which can be programmed for up to 99 days. This reduces operating costs and provides freeze protection during extended absence.
The SHPT-50 also has a quiet operation of 51dBa compared with competitor’s level of 55dBA, and comes with an easy to use electronic interface. It is SmartPort ready for connectivity to home management and utility smart grid applications, and has a 10 year tank and parts limited warranty.
In this Episode we talk about the products we carry from Triangle Tube.
Also, out of no where…there is a new host? WHAAAT?
During heating season, homes and buildings inevitably lose heat through ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. One major source of heat-loss is often overlooked: ducts. Unless a structure has a forced-air heating system, ducts used for central air conditioning are inactive during the winter. Ducts usually run through unheated attics. Since heat flows from hotter to colder areas, it travels through open vents and registers, into the ductwork, and out through the attic. This makes it more difficult to maintain set-point temperatures, and results in higher utility bills. Closed louvers do not create an air-tight seal, and heat will still infiltrate the vents.
Elima-Draft Vent/Register Covers solve this problem. The insulated plastic covers have a 6.0 R-value. They attach to aluminum grilles, diffusers, and registers magnetically for easy placement and removal, year after year.
A great place to understand radiant heating (or to explain it to your customer) is your local grocery store. Stop first in the gadget aisle and pick up a thermometer. It will probably read 70 degrees, a nice comfortable temperature. Walk up and down the aisles and keep your eye on the temperature. It never changes. No go into the frozen food aisle. Feel the chill? Check the thermometer. It’s still 70 degrees.What you’re feeling is a phenomenon known as Cold 70. It’s the feeling you get when the air temperature is 70 degrees but cold objects surround you. Your body gives off radiant heat to the cold surfaces and you feel cold. When you install radiant floors, walls or ceilings, you remove the cold surfaces and feel deliciously warm. Now go take your customer to the deli counter and stand in front of that chicken rotisserie. Just the opposite!
Expansion tanks can be installed in any direction. Whether oriented uprightly, horizontally, or even upside down, the expansion tank will function properly without any adverse effects. When putting an expansion in an abnormal position (specifically sideways or horizontally), make sure to support the tank. Without proper support, the expansion tank could break off its mounting pipe — especially if the tank fails and fills with water. Find Amtrol expansion tanks at PexSupply.com, along with mounting devices including the HydroClaw.
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