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Where there is air

Kristine

Air is the enemy in a hydronic (hot-water) heating system. It blocks their flow to the radiators. It rattles around and annoys customers. It wastes fuel by making our systems less efficient (no heat from an air-bound radiator). It causes callbacks and it makes us look bad. That's why every hydronic …

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Snow Melting with PEX

Tom

PEX tubing creates a wide-range of options for hydronic heating. When installed outdoors, you can use PEX to melt snow and ice. Some snow melt systems keep critical areas, (hospital entrances, etc.) clear, while others just save homeowners the effort of shoveling a driveway or walkway. Snow melt …

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Can PEX Tubing Freeze?

Tom

PEX tubing has the ability to expand and return to its original shape. This makes PEX more freeze-resistant than traditional rigid pipe (copper, galvanized, etc.). Still, PEX is not freeze-proof.  A PEX line can burst if fluid freezes in it. Freezing tends to be more of a concern in PEX plumbing in…

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DIY Radiant Heat Panel

Tom

If you’re looking for an easy way to install do-it-yourself hydronic radiant heating, consider Uponor’s Radiant Ready 30E panel. The pre-assembled unit includes almost everything you’d need to set up a complete system: 9 kW electric boiler, 5-loop manifold (Uponor EP), 3-speed circulator pump …

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Increase Your Comfort Level This Winter With a Humidifier

Kristine

In the winter months, when heating systems are really chugging away, indoor air can become dry and staticky. A whole-house humidifier is a great way to add back a little moisture. Here are the basics. Scratchy throats, frequent nosebleeds, dry skin, and static electricity can be common occurrence…

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Heat Exchanger Sizing

Tom

Heat exchangers transfer heat between two media without allowing them to come into direct contact. Make sure to size heat exchangers correctly, whether you need one for a snow melt or swimming pool application or to isolate open and closed hydronic heating loops. FlatPlate offers a website for heat …

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Frozen Pipes

Tom

Frozen pipes are a common occurrence during the cold season. To thaw a frozen pipe in your home, try turning on each faucet. If the water is flowing, run warm water through the pipes to help thaw the frozen spot. If no water flows, find the most likely places where pipes may freeze, such as unheated…

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The Colors of PEX Tubing

Tom

PEX tubing normally falls into two main categories: PEX with an oxygen barrier and PEX without an oxygen barrier. PEX with an oxygen barrier is designed for closed-loop space heating systems, and will normally be either red or white. It is usually not approved for use with potable water. PEX without…

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Sizing Bath Fans

Tom

When you’re picking a new bathroom ventilation fan, you will often come across the term ‘CFM.’ An abbreviation for cubic feet per minute, CFM quantifies the amount of air that a fan can move. Larger bathrooms require fans with higher CFM ratings. According to Fantech, the Home Ventilating I…

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Radiator Colors

Kristine

Ever wonder why so many of the old radiators you see are painted silver? Back in the day, they were mostly plain grey metal, but then the Spanish Influenza arrived during the winter of 1918-19 and that changed everything. So many people died from this airborne virus that the Board of Health came…

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The Purpose of PEX Oxygen Barriers

Tom

Make sure to use oxygen barrier PEX in any closed-loop hydronic heating system that includes PEX tubing. New water is not routinely introduced to closed-loop systems. The same water cycles through them, under pressure, continuously. Oxygen corrodes ferrous metals. Any system components made from …

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How To: Choose a New Boiler

Kristine

If you're looking to update your boiler before winter sets in, make sure you take into consideration your boiler's size, efficiency, and venting requirements. Feel that chill in the air? Winter is coming. Now is the time to assess your heating system and replace any aging or malfunctioning compon…

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