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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Watch the Tailpipe

Kristine

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 wi…

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Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tom

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,…

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Spruce Up Old Baseboard Heaters With Stylish DIY Replacement Covers

Kristine

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 ag…

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Eliminate Drafts this Winter

Tom

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 us…

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Grocery Store Radiant

Kristine

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 temperatur…

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Expansion Tank Mounting Positions

Tom

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…

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Rotten Egg Smell in Hot Water

Tom

Anode rods protect the lining of water heater tanks from corrosion. In rare instances, anode rods can contribute to foul-smelling hot water that has the odor of rotten eggs. This may occur when there are high sulfur and low oxygen concentrations in supply water. The anode rod promotes the generation…

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Why closely spaced tees?

Kristine

Primary-secondary piping systems call for the tees that go off to the secondary circuit to be close together, ideally not more than six inches apart. Think like water and you'll see why this is. Flow down the primary main and imagine you're entering that first tee. You have two choices: You can stay…

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PexTV Episode 11

Mark

Hey everyone, this is PexTV episode 11. It's all about some tips and tricks that we can help you with as you think about winterizing your home. In this episode you will see... Product Spotlight: Frost Proof Sill Cock Tip of The Week: Get your heating system serviced Customer Review: Easy Hea…

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The Top 10 Things to Check if that Steam System is Hammering

Kristine

1. The near-boiler piping doesn't meet the manufacturer's specs 2. The steam quality is bad (wet steam causes hammering) 3. The boiler is oversized or overtired. 4. The insulation is missing from the piping. 5. The Hartford Loop connection is too close to the waterline, or has a nipple that's…

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