Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000

Adam

Brand new from Honeywell, the Wi-Fi 9000 is a fully programmable color touchscreen thermostat designed to provide total control to your HVAC system.  The redesigned terminal block no longer requires tools, and the plain-language on-screen setup process eliminates the need for a manual. Installing the Wi-Fi 9000 is a breeze.  The Wi-Fi connection process is just as easy and no extra device is needed to connect to your home network. It’s all done directly through the thermostat.  With nearly 2/3 of US households already using Wi-Fi in their homes, the Wi-Fi 9000 is something that should fit right in.

The Wi-Fi 9000 has a high-gloss frame and customizable display color which provides flexibility in matching the homeowners’ aesthetic needs.  The screen is clear, modern, and displays the indoor/outdoor temperatures and humidity on-screen.  The Wi-Fi 9000 works with multiple systems, including heat pump, gas, oil, and electric, up to 3H/2C heat pump and 2H/2C conventional.

With Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort services, you can control your system using an app on your smartphone!  You can view and change system settings, get temperature alerts through email or via the app, and if you have more than one system connected, you can access multiple locations from one place.
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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 Heat roof and gutter deicing cable

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

Kristine

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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 too long.
6. The mains are sagging or not properly dripped.
7. It’s a gravity-return system with motorized zone valves
8. The radiator supply valves that one-pipe system are throttled.
9. The steam traps are broken
10.On a boiler replacement, someone turned a wet return into a dry return.

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The Pros and Cons of PEX-AL-PEX

Tom

PEX-Aluminum-PEX (PEX-AL-PEX) tubing contains a layer of aluminum embedded between two layers of PEX. SupplyHouse.com carries standard PEX-AL-PEX made by Rifeng and Uponor. The aluminum serves as an oxygen barrier and makes the tubing more rigid. See the chart below for some of the the advantages and disadvantages associated with PEX-AL-PEX relative to standard PEX tubing.

Advantage Disadvantage
  • PEX-AL-PEX has a larger inside diameter than standard PEX, thus causing less of a reduction in flow
  • Fittings for PEX-AL-PEX are difficult to find. While PEX works with five to six different types of fittings, only two types of fittings are compatible with PEX-AL-PEX.
  • PEX-AL-PEX expands less than standard PEX linearly as fluid heats up. Its expansion coefficient is closer to that of copper pipe.
  • PEX-AL-PEX is generally not approved for use with potable water
  • PEX-AL-PEX normally has higher temperature and pressure ratings than standard PEX
  • Applying heat does not help fix kinks in the pipe
  • No EVOH oxygen barrier is applied to the outside of the pipe. Standard oxygen-barrier PEX with a non-friction layer (a feature that not all styles have) is necessary in many types of joist installations to minimize noise.
  • PEX-AL-PEX normally costs more than PEX

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Taco On Command

Adam

The Taco On Command Hot Water Recirculation System delivers hot water to your faucets and taps, 24 hours a day “on command” with the push of a button, only running when you tell it to.  It’s smart enough to know when the water currently in the line is hot enough, saving time, energy, water and money.  You can find the range of pumps and accessories in the On Command line on SupplyHouse.com.

How it works:  The On Command is a small, silent pump that attaches to the hot and cold water lines in the cabinet under most remote kitchen or bath fixtures in the home.  Once activated, the cool water that you would normally let run down the drain is recirculated back to the water heater through the cold water line.  When the hot water arrives at your faucet or tap, the On Command heat sensor and control board shut off the pump to stop excess hot water pumping into the cold water line.

On Command is easy to install and since no new piping is required, it saves any construction costs.  Installing the On Command can save the average family of 4 up to 12,000 gallons of water a year, which helps the environment as well as your wallet.

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Fix Kinks in PEX

Tom

It’s possible to kink PEX tubing if you bend it too tightly. When using PEX-B or PEX-C grade pipe you will normally want to cut the affected piece of tubing out of the line and replace it with a coupling, depending on the severity of the kink. Applying heat aids in fixing kinked PEX. Using a heat gun on kinked PEX-A can restore the tubing to its original shape (watch our video below to see how). In the absence of a heat gun, a hair dryer can be used, but the process will take longer and may not be as effective. PEX-A provides the additional benefits of greater flexibility, added freeze protection, and compatibility with expansion-type fittings.

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Caleffi TwistFlow Manifolds

Adam

Now in stock at SupplyHouse.com are a range of Caleffi TwistFlow Manifolds! The Caleffi TwistFlow brass manifolds are pre-assembled distribution manifolds ideal for radiant panel systems. These unique manifolds come equipped with built-in automatic air vents and drain cocks on both the supply and return manifolds. Flow meters and flow rate balancing valves come equipped to help make sure you have the right amount of flow going to your loops. A pair of shut-off ball valves and mounting brackets are included as well, making this all-in-one manifold package a great choice for your next radiant heat job.

Caleffi TwistFlow brass manifolds are available in 3 to 11 loop configurations. Loop Fittings are available for standard 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”, and 3/4” PEX and 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, and 3/4″ PEX-AL-PEX. Caleffi TwistFlow Manifolds are in stock and ready to ship today!

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A Few Tips on Radiant Heat and Wood Floors

Kristine

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1. The wider the boards, the greater the chance for trouble. Stick with boards that are no wider than three inches. Wide wood can warp.

2. Use mechanical humidity control. The relative humidity in a radiantly heated home that has wood floors should be no more than 50 percent. Without this constant humidity, you get cracks in the wood.

3. The seeds of the damage are planted during construction. As the concrete dries, the moisture will leave it and enter the wood. As a precaution, tape a square of clear, plastic sheeting over the concrete floor and watch it carefully for moisture.

4. Provide for heat and ventilation during construction. The painters and plasterers are adding gallons of moisture to the indoor environment. Heat the place or that water will wind up in the wood. Get a moisture detector and don’t let them put down wood with more than 6% moisture.

5. Run the heating system for about five days before the carpenters install the finish wood. This will help dry out the wood.

6. Try to keep the wood floor no hotter than 85 degrees F at its surface. Too much heat isn’t good for the wood. Consider using a setpoint control to monitor the wood’s surface temperature instead of an air-temperature thermostat.

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PexTV Episode 10

Mark

In part 2 of “PEX To The Future” Mark goes back in time to try to stop Frank the contractor from installing a fuel guzzling boiler.  We also learn about the features and benefits of the Weil McLain Ultra Boilers.

In this episode, you’ll see…

Featured Product: Weil McLain Ultra Boilers
Can Mark change the past and install an energy efficient boiler?

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ClearVue Condensate Pump

Tom

DiversiTech’s ClearVue condensate pump comes at a price similar to those of comparable condensate pumps, but it offers several unique features. Its clear body allows you to see inside the pump in order to monitor operation and diagnose problems. The pump can clean itself at the push of a button, while a drain button allows you to empty the tank instantly. Mode-indicator LED lights join these buttons on the control. Rubber feet minimize noise during operation, while the ClearVue’s floatless sensor is less likely to experience mechanical failure than a standard float. Perhaps most importantly, the ClearVue operates at variable speeds based on the flow of incoming condensate. This saves energy and cuts down on noise.

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