The Heating and Plumbing Industries Are Where It’s At

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Research by Uponor further proves our inclination that the Plumbing and Heating industries are where it’s at. 90 percent of installers are enthusiastic about the year ahead. Here’s why (according to a survey of Uponor’s supplier network):

  • 45 percent of survey respondents think the biggest factor helping their business is customers wanting to save money, and in-turn updating to more efficient systems.
  • 52 percent of respondents believe the recovering economy is working wonders.
  • 73 percent of installers see a shift in demand for different technologies– with UFH as a key solution.
  • Heat pumps and solar thermal are also in high demand.

Chris Greaves, head of offerings and markets at Uponor UK said: “It is no surprise that as the house building and construction markets begin to improve, installers’ order books also expand as more and more homeowners have the extra cash to invest in new heating systems or extensions.

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New Residential Water Heating Guidelines In 2015

Steffy

Weil McLain Boiler1 copyA new standard for residential water heaters is set to take effect on April 16, 2015. This new standard is expected to conserve 3.3 quads of energy and result in $63 billion in energy savings between 2015 and 2044.

What Does This Mean For You?

  • Affects water heaters manufactured on or after April 16, 2015, but doesn’t reach back to products made or installed before then.
  • Most impact will be on regular, atmospheric vent standing pilot gas water heaters, as well as conventional electric water heaters. Some models will no longer be permitted under the new regulations because current technology is not capable of achieving the new efficiency requirements.
  • Most dramatic changes are in larger capacity models (over 55 gallons).
  • Manufacturers will be adding more insulation to reach the new efficiency standard, which may add additional bulk.
  • Some installations that were once a one-person job may now require two people.
  • Operating cost of heaters will be less, but cost of these products and installation will increase.

It is never too early to start preparing for this change! Learn more about the new Department of Energy guidelines here.

If space is a concern for you once the new guidelines take effect, tankless water heaters are an efficient option.

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The SMAN Digital Manifold makes HVACR Jobs Easier

Adam

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The new SMAN Digital Manifolds range from Fieldpiece is manufactured to show you everything you need to check, evaluate and charge systems completely and efficiently. It is designed to make HVACR jobs easier and faster. The large temperature resistant LCD display shows nine measurements at one time including line temperatures and pressures, saturation temperatures, superheat, sub-cooling, target superheat and refrigerant. It will calculate and display target superheat and actual superheat to verify proper charge.

The SMAN300 series features the SMAN320 three-port digital manifold; the SMAN340, which adds to the manifold a padded case and pipe clamps, and the SMAN360, which comes with a micron gauge included. The SMAN400 range substitutes three-ports for a four-port digital manifold, and we stock the SMAN440 and SMAN460, which add a wireless function to send and receive measurements.

Each manifold comes pre-programmed with 45 refrigerants and includes a mini USB port to easily update your device with any future refrigerants. The SMAN combines a lot of information into one easy to use instrument, and you can browse through our selection here on SupplyHouse.com.

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39 SupplyHouse.com Employees Accept the Ice Bucket Challenge

Steffy

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When Eileen from the customer service department  nominated the team to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we were up for the challenge. 39 of us lined up with buckets of ice water behind us, and Justin and Al went down the line dumping water.

Nobody left dry, and everybody left in a better mood. Who knew getting soaked with ice water could be so fun?

SupplyHouse will be donating to The ALS Association on behalf of each participant. Watch the action below…

 

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Access Doors by Acudor

Adam

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Acudor manufacture ducts and access doors for walls, ceilings, or floors.  Access doors can be installed in drywall, plaster, masonry, tile or any flush surface. Here at SupplyHouse.com, we offer a wide variety of access doors in many different sizes for specific uses such as Fire Rated, which are designed to maintain continuity in a 2-hour fire barrier wall. Also amongst our selection are Duct Access Doors, built to provide convenient access to duct components. You can choose between hinged and unhinged, and with or without fiberglass.

Acudor’s selection of Valve Boxes are either:

1. Recessed: Provides easy and convenient access to all types of valves and controls that need to be concealed behind a wall.

2. Mounted: Provides access when valves and controls extend outside of the wall, but still need to be protected by a fully enclosed box. Latched with a cylinder lock and key, these boxes are tamper-free and ensure safety is a high priority.

Take some time to look through our Access Door main category and you will find categories specifically for Floor Doors, as well as access doors in Drywall, Plastic, and Duct Access. You’ll also find Universal Access Doors suitable for installation in all kinds of surface.

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AquaMotion

Adam

Here at SupplyHouse.com, we sell 8 AquaMotion pumps available in cast iron and stainless steel models, featuring the Green ECO-Cartridge design. The innovative design is incredibly efficient and will consume much less power in comparison with the market leader. AquaMotion brings decades of experience and the inventor of the wet rotor cartridge type circulator to the development of this energy-efficient selection of single and three-speed pumps.

Their revolutionary Green ECO Cartridge costs 20-40% less than competitor’s, and is the only field serviceable, replaceable cartridge. Comprised of long life stainless construction for open and closed systems, it reduces the necessity of dual inventory. It fits 95% of market leader’s pumps, making it a cost-effective solution.  It is also very simple to remove and re-install; just pull out the rotor assembly, flush the cartridge with water and put it back together!

The design of these pumps is the most efficient of any single or three-speed pump currently available. As an example, the 3-Speed AMR model (available in Cast Iron and Stainless Steel), uses 66% less power on low speed and 35% less power on high speed than the market leader. The AM7 single-speed is 33% to 54% more efficient when compared to some competitive 3-speed pumps.

You’ll find our AquaMotion range amongst our extensive Pumps & Flanges section.
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PEX-A, PEX-B, & PEX-C

Tom

All PEX tubing carries one of three grades: PEX-A, PEX-B, or PEX-C. PEX stands for polyethylene (PE) cross-linked (X), and the grades are based on the various methods that manufacturers use to cross-link polyethylene molecules.

PEX-A represents the highest grade. Cross-linking occurs while the polyethylene is in a liquid form, resulting in even cross-links throughout the tubing. Known as the Engel or Peroxide Method, this production style yields PEX that has superior shape memory. PEX-A’s shape memory gives it several advantages, including added freeze resistance and flexibility. Kinks in PEX-A can be fixed through the application of heat from a heat gun, and only PEX-A tubing works with expansion-style fittings.

The Silane Method creates PEX-B tubing, with cross-linking occurring in solid-state polyethylene following pipe extrusion. The PEX-C Irradiation Method forms cross-links in PEX using beams of electrons after it has been shaped into tubing. This is the least common method of PEX manufacturing. PEX-B and PEX-C may be a bit stiffer than PEX-A, but are just as durable and reliable. See SupplyHouse.com for more information.f1040500-1

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IW25-1 In-Wall Dehumidifiers

Adam

New to SupplyHouse.com is the award winning IW25-1 In-Wall Dehumidifier manufactured by Innovative Dehumidifiers. It’s designed with the user in mind with its lock out control system, making it ideal for landlords to keep control away from tenants and other occupants, which in turn will help to avoid indoor high humidity issues, and should help reduce indoor moisture, window condensation and mold.

  • The IW25-1 is unique in that it is classified as an in-wall dehumidifier, but being portable it is more affordable to install and maintain compared with a Whole House system. The unit is smaller, quieter, uses less energy, and virtually tamper proof, giving full control to the property owner.
  • The IW25-1 recently won the People’s Choice for Top New & Innovative Product at the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Design Expo Product Marketplace in Chicago, primarily due to its ability to offer several unique features. The unit is designed to fit between existing 16” OC wall studs and is recessed in the wall. It can be plugged into a standard 110/120v outlet or hardwired to a breaker, and is quiet in operation at below 47 decibels.
  • The IW25-1 helps to make your home’s air drier and has the ability to remove up to 25 pints of water from the air per day.  It helps reduce the chances of any possible future problems such as mold, and will help save money on air conditioning bills.dehumidifiers
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Sizing a Gas Regulator

Tom

Gas regulators control the flow of natural gas (NG) and liquid propane (LP) to appliances and equipment that use them as fuel. The pressure of incoming gas is often unstable and excessively high. Regulators ensure that sufficiently-low constant pressure is maintained and sent to appliances. Proper sizing for an NG or LP regulator depends on several key factors which differ by application. Correct sizing is important due to the safety issues related to gas appliances. SupplyHouse.com carries the Maxitrol brand of gas regulators. Maxitrol offers a regulator sizing calculator for free on their website. Use it to learn the relevant sizing factors and select the appropriate gas regulator for your next job.325-5a-1-1

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How to Size a Tankless Water Heater

Tom

Tankless water heaters only heat water on demand, eliminating the standby losses associated with traditional tank-style water heaters. A Tankless water heater can provide hot water indefinitely – as long as demand does not exceed the heater’s flow capacity. There is a limit to the amount of hot water every tankless unit can produce in one minute. This gallons per minute (GPM) rating will be small for units designed to supply only a sink or two, but much larger for whole-house heaters. A heater’s GPM capability fluctuates based on the “temperature rise,” or the number of degrees by which the heater must increase the temperature of incoming water. 55°F ground water and a 105°F setpoint on a heater, for example, would require a 50°F temperature rise.

Tankless water heaters provide more hot water in warm climates and during warmer times of the year. See below for a chart from A.O. Smith that includes standard ground water temperatures across the United States.  Use this information along with anticipated output temperature settings to calculate your temperature rise. Always size based on the coldest incoming water temperatures if the heater will be used year-round. Make sure that the heater you choose can provide sufficient flow to meet peak demand at the required temperature rise. Typical showers use between 2 and 2.5 GPM, so a properly-sized heater would need to be able to provide 4 to 5 GPM at the necessary temperature rise in order to handle two such simultaneous showers. Specification sheets for tankless heaters display charts that indicate the maximum flow rates across the range of possible temperature rises.

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PVC Fittings

Adam

At SupplyHouse.com we have added two new types of PVC Fittings manufactured by Spears. PVC Barbed Insert Fittings are engineered to provide positive grip and ease during installation. The barbed fittings are ideal for when a tightly gripped seal is needed, and means that adhesive isn’t necessary. High quality and reliability have made these PVC barbed insert fittings the preferred choice in irrigation applications. Take a look through our Fittings Finder here for the different types of fittings and sizes we stock.

We have also added CPVC Schedule 80 fittings. CPVC is similar to PVC except that the addition of chlorine gives additional resistance to thermal and corrosive damage. You will find CPVC Schedule 80 fittings in systems transporting corrosive liquids such as those used in chemical processing, plating, water distribution and fire suppression. Looking through our extensive CPVC Schedule 80 Fittings Finder you’ll find everything from tees, elbows and adapters to flanges, reducer bushings and unions, plus lots more.

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Honeywell’s New Lyric Thermostat

Tom

A thermostat is nothing more than an on/off switch, activated automatically based on temperature settings, for a heating and/or cooling zone. Nevertheless, thermostats have evolved significantly over the years, including two relatively recent advances: programmability and internet connectivity. Honeywell’s new Lyric thermostat makes the most out of these features, offering users an efficient, smart thermostat.

The Lyric resembles the Nest thermostat and shares many of its features. Both the Lyric and the Nest allow remote access via the internet and smart phones while giving users the ability to view detailed energy reports. The big difference between the thermostats lies in their respective methods of efficiency maximization. Out of the box, the Nest operates like a standard, non-programmable thermostat. Occupants change the temperature as they normally would, and within a week the thermostat learns their habits and creates a customized program schedule.

Lyric thermostats rely on “Geofencing,” a non-battery draining feature of Android and Apple iOS smart phones. The geofence represents a selectable radius of either 500 feet or 7 miles (depending on your lifestyle) around the thermostat. During heating season (for example), the thermostat will reduce its setpoint temperature (“away mode”) when your smart phone moves outside your geofence and increase it (“present mode”) when it moves back inside the geofence. Multiple occupants of the same building can have their own geofences, and mode changes will always be based on the last person to leave and the first person to return. The Lyric targets tech-savvy people. You must own a smart phone and always have it with you to take full advantage of geofencing. Installation requires a smart phone along with an app geared toward do-it-yourselfers.

The Lyric’s Fine Tune feature ensures that ambient air temperatures feel as occupants would expect them to, using online weather data to access current conditions (including outdoor temperature and humidity levels) in order to incorporate them into system operation. Weather forecasts can conveniently be viewed on the thermostat at any time. Easy Comfort shortcuts allow homeowners to create custom temporary settings to override program schedules. Possible shortcuts include settings to be used during a workout in a home gym or during a large gathering in a particular part of a house. Another feature, Smart Cues, can be used to alert users to maintenance recommendations or link them to local professionals.

Additional features/benefits offered by the Lyric include multi-stage compatibility, IAQ terminals for devices such as humidifiers and ventilators, and the ability to operate without a common wire. The thermostat features a lighted ring that turns orange in heating mode, blue in cooling mode, and green in energy-saving mode. Its circular design was inspired by Honeywell’s famous “Round” thermostat that was first introduced nearly 70 years ago.

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