QuikSEER+ WattSaver

Adam

With summer upon us, the QuikSEER+ Wattsaver from Mainstream Engineering is an innovative and cost-saving electronic control that operates in the cooling mode of an existing air conditioner or heat pump.  By varying the airflow of the blower motor, this technology optimizes the airflow of the air conditioner, thus reducing the total energy consumption and improving humidity and mold control.  As the blower speed is operated at slower speeds, the humidity removal is also greater.

The QuikSEER+ does not provide a continuously variable speed selection, instead it only provides the speeds already available on a blower motor (up to 3 speeds).  The QwikSEER+ board simply decides which one to use every time the unit cycles on, rather than the installer selecting one of the speeds during the install.  This minimizes power consumption, resulting in savings.

Back in January 2013, the QuikSEER+ was rated by the U.S. Department of Energy as a cost-effective A/C solution that increases energy efficiency, and stated that, “Simply installing the QwikSEER+ WattSaver control board in line with the existing PSC blower motor now allows homeowners to increase the A/C energy efficiency rating (EER) by 8%–14%.”  Some Deluxe systems can also provide similar savings, but will cost thousands of dollars, whereas the QuikSEER+ will leave you with change from $154 at SupplyHouse.com.

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PexTV Episode 6

Mark

Take…me out to the Ball-Valve gaaammmeee!

This weeks episode of PexTV is a baseball themed episode and it’s all about “Home Run Plumbing Systems”

Also, check out the features and benefits of the MANABLOC by Viega, and get live coverage from Coach Joe’s post installation press conference.  See what he has to say about the MANABLOC wrench and it’s performance.

Also…check out what happens in our office when we get excited!

Feel free to email us at pextv@supplyhouse.com with any thoughts or suggestions for future episodes.

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The wave isn’t only for sport stadiums anymore!

Liz

Did I just see ‘the wave’ being done in the programming section of SupplyHouse.com?  I think I did!  It must be videographer Mark getting ready for this weeks installment of PexTV.  To find out what it’s all about check back tomorrow.  You can find this weeks Episode 6 as well as all the others right here on our blog and on our YouTube Channel, keep your eyes peeled!!!!!

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PEX Fittings for Large Tubing

Tom

Six options for fittings exist for PEX tubing 1” and smaller: crimp, clamp, ProPEX, PEX press, push-fit, and compression (watch our video below to learn more). The choices decrease for larger PEX sizes. 1-1/4”, 1-1/2”, and 2” PEX requires ProPEX, PEX press, or SharkBite 2XL fittings. New SharkBite 2XL fittings do not need special tools for installation and also work with copper and CPVC. PEX inserts must be purchased separately and used for all PEX connections with these fittings. Uponor’s WIPEX compression-style fittings are the only current option for 3”, 3-1/2” and 4” PEX. WIPEX fittings have male threads opposite the PEX side and are also available for PEX between 1” and 2”.

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The Mini-Split Air Conditioner: Today’s Smart Cooling Option

Kristine

If you live in an older home without ductwork, or if you’ve added a new room to your house, consider the benefits and convenience of a mini-split air conditioner.

Now that summer has arrived, it’s definitely time to focus on home cooling. If your house does not have central air conditioning—and if you don’t love the look of window units—a ductless mini-split system may be just the right option for you.

Mini-split systems typically consist of two separate units: an interior evaporator (with fan and cooling coil) and an outside condenser. The two pieces are linked by flexible tubing that runs cooled refrigerant from the outdoor compressor to the indoor unit for distribution. Because no ductwork is required, a mini-split particularly well suits both older homes and new room additions.

“Mini-splits are a good alternative to other air conditioning options,” explains Daniel O’Brian,  a member of our Tech Team. “There’s no need for the intricate ductwork of traditional central air systems. And they don’t hog a window or need to be removed off-season like removable window units. They also produce significantly less noise (because the compressor is outside) and eliminate the need for electrical cords cluttering the living space.” As a potential benefit for houses in colder climes, some mini-splits can act as a heat pump and provide supplemental heating in winter.

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Most mini-split indoor units are mounted on walls. Ceiling models—suspended, recessed, and concealed—are also available. If you’re looking for something more decorative, many customizable options exist for wall-mounted units, from mirrored faceplates to the LG Art Cool Mini-Split (shown below).

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Like all air conditioners, mini-split systems must be sized properly in order to cool a room effectively. Some of the factors that determine the size and type of unit required are climate, square footage, the number of people typically occupying a room, and the amount of insulation in the home. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 for a mini-split system sized to cool an 800- to 1,000-square-foot space.

Mini-split systems are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and their cooling capacity is expressed in British thermal units (BTUs). SupplyHouse.com offers a handy calculator that estimates the BTU requirement for a specific room or set of rooms. The same tool recommends particular systems on the market that would meet those needs. Note, however, that your mini-split system must be installed by a licensed HVAC contractor.

To learn more about mini-split air conditioning systems, check out the video below or visit SupplyHouse.com.

This post was written in collaboration with Bob Vila

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Fantech Dehumidifiers

Adam

Dehumidifiers are primarily used to remove excess moisture from the air.  Some homes or residences can have moisture problems only at specific times of the year, such as in spring, whilst others may have problems all year round.  There can be certain areas or rooms that need specific attention.  At SupplyHouse.com we sell dehumidifiers to cover most situations, and this blog post will concentrate on Fantech’s popular range.

epd-150lr-1The EPD Series has a low grain refrigerant system that removes more moisture from the air than standard refrigerant systems. These are available with 150 pints or 190 pints capacity.  The low temperature operation to 40°F allows moisture to be removed from the air at lower humidity levels than standard.  There is also a standard refrigeration model that comes with 180 pints or 250 pints capacity. These are commercial grade and have an extremely high daily output.



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The GD55S is a light duty dehumidifier, which is ideal for flood recovery and restoration in both commercial and industrial environments.  It features a rotary compressor and includes a folding handle for easy transport. It has 101.2 pints capacity and comes with a 2-speed fan, humidistat and overflow protection with indicator light.



gdc-124cs-1The heavy duty GDC model comes in a choice of stainless steel or heavy duty steel. These have a larger capacity (124 pints) than the GD55S, and they come with a built in condensate pump. They also have a handy on-demand pump purge switch, hour meter, and illuminated On/Off switch.

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Tie Dye Friday, the official start to the summer!

Liz

With the summer solstice arriving, SupplyHouse.com employees wanted to ring in the sunny days with something fun and colorful. Inspired by the beautiful weather to come, we created Tie Dye Friday Funday in which all participants got to make up their very own tie dye shirts. Once we picked up a few necessary supplies it turned out to be a really simple project, with some interesting results. Check out our tie dye creations and see what you think.

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Connecting PEX to PVC

Tom

There is no single fitting currently available that can connect PEX directly to PVC. Push-fit fittings such as SharkBites work with PEX, copper, and CPVC — but not with PVC pipe (Schedule 40, Schedule 80, DWV, etc.). The best way to make a PEX to PVC connection is with a pair of threaded adapters. Use a PVC socket solvent fitting with male threads and a PEX fitting with female threads. The PEX x FNPT adapter can be in any PEX fitting style (crimp, ProPEX, PEX Press, push-fit, etc.). Try to have male threads on the plastic fitting when you connect plastic threads to metal threads in order to minimize any risk of cracking the plastic threads. If, for example, you need to connect 3/4″ PEX to 3/4″ Schedule 40 PVC and you prefer to use SharkBite fittings on the PEX side, you can use parts 436-007 and U088LF.

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Quick-Release Pliers

Adam

Mill-Rose have released a very handy tool that can quickly and easily remove push-on fittings, and we sell it right here at SupplyHouse.com. The Quick-Release Pliers come with a cushion-grip handle and its spring action ensures a rapid and secure grip on copper, PEX, and CPVC tubing. The adjustable jaw works on 3/8”, 1/2” and 3/4″ push-on fittings, and its heavy-duty design can be used in even the most hard to reach areas.

The Quick-Release Pliers is the only tool you need for these popular push-on fitting sizes, and it is cost-effective, time-efficient, and aggravation-free to use.

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PexTV Episode 5

Mark

“It’s about time these tanks got hung.” In episode 5 of “PexTV” We dive right into one of our newest products…The HydroClaw! Take a look at a product spotlight, a customer review and also the world premiere of the trailer for the feature length film. Feel free to email us at pextv@supplyhouse.com with any thoughts or suggestions for future episodes.

In this episode, you’ll see…

Featured product and customer review: HydroClaw Expansion Tank Support Bracket
Trailer premiere: “The HydroClaw – It’s about time these tanks got hung”

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