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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Webstone Radiator Valve Spud Wrench

Adam

Webstone’s Radiator Valve Spud Wrench is designed for making radiator valve repairs and can be used on 1/2” to 2” radiator valves. The radiator valve body is connected to the radiator by a spud. In order to remove the radiator valve a spud wrench is required to loosen the spud. A spud wrench h…

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Easily Monitor Heating Oil Levels

Tom

The OEM Rocket Wireless Fuel Level Monitor lets users keep track of the amount of heating oil remaining in their storage tank. The transmitter mounts to the oil tank. It uses ultrasonic waves to detect oil levels in the tank and communicates with a receiver in the home. The receiver must be powered …

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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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Blue Monster Compression Seal Tape

Adam

Blue Monster Compression Seal Tape is perfect as a quick and cost-effective solution to help stop leakage under pressure without turning off the water source. This makes it the ideal solution equally for crisis and long-term applications, and has been developed for professional plumbing contractors.…

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DuraVent’s PolyPro Venting System

Adam

DuraVent’s PolyPro venting system is now available at SupplyHouse.com.  PolyPro venting is commonly used in venting condensing boilers, water heaters, and warm air furnaces. PolyPro is an environmentally safe, 100% recyclable material. It is made from Polypropylene and contains no toxic or car…

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Weil-McLain’s WM97+ Boiler

Tom

The WM97+ wall-mounted, gas-fired, hot water boiler from Weil-McLain sets new standards for quality and efficiency. With seasonal DOE efficiency ratings of over 95 percent, the three available models waste minimal amounts of fuel. They feature a built-in primary circulator, low water cutoff, and exp…

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