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Acquisition affirms Johnson Controls’ commitment to thermostat portfolio

October 10, 2018

 Johnson Controls recently announced it has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation (LUX), a manufacturer of residential thermostats and smart home products. LUX markets several residential and commercial lines ranging from timers to smart home thermostats, including Kono and

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Measure, Test, Send with the Wohler A450!

September 18, 2018

The Wohler A 450 combustion analyzer is an affordably priced flue gas analyzer with rugged yet compact housing, a touch screen monitor and advanced sensor technology. The Wohler A 450 provides the flexibility needed for applications such as checking furnace

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Change of Vision With Differential Temperature Control

August 29, 2018 by David Connors

Over time the hydronic industry has changed the approach to system piping designs and temperature control as equipment efficiency and technology has evolved. In the late 1960s and early 1970s out-door air reset was utilized. This allowed for better temperature

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How to align expectations of hydronic systems with reality

August 29, 2018 by Mike Miller

It is not uncommon for contractors, and sometimes consumers, to call me to complain about the performance of a hydronic system. Many of these times, if it is not system settings related, it is because the consumer is expecting different

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Sorting through the finer points of AC and DC voltages

May 30, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

We all know, young or old, what comes to mind when we see the word Thunderstruck: AC/DC. This serves two purposes here, one is that the band is awesome and two, it is a good segue into the next Electricity

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Controls: Common issues and installation errors–Part III

May 15, 2018 by Mike Miller

As noted in Part I and Part II of this series (see HPAC February and March 2018), control systems are often blamed when something is not operating as expected. More often than not, if control systems do not perform as

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Taking the mystery out of electricity in HVAC

March 2, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

How many times have you heard someone say “Who let the smoke out?” in a mechanical room. You see the infamous “black smoke” come out of a piece of electronics and everyone starts pointing fingers. We have all done it.

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COMMON ISSUES AND INSTALLATION ERRORS–PART II

March 1, 2018 by Mike Miller

  As it was noted in Part I of this series (see HPAC February 2018), control systems are often blamed when something is not operating as expected. More often than not, if control systems do not perform as needed, something

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Common issues and installation errors – part I

February 23, 2018 by Mike Miller

Controls are often blamed when hydronic systems are not operating properly. While that may sometimes be the case, always look at what else may be influencing performance. While control systems are not flawless, consider that they are developed in a

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Event to host largest ever education program

December 20, 2017 by Kerry Turner

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place January 20-24 at the Palmer House Chicago with the co-sponsored AHR Expo being held January 22-24 at McCormick Place. The AHR Expo seminar program features over 120 sessions, including over 70 free one-

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Ruskin adds 5,000 square feet to Kansas plant

December 5, 2017

Ruskin – air controls solutions manufacturer – has expanded its Parsons, KS manufacturing plant. The 5,000 square foot addition supports the production of the TDP05K thermal dispersion air measurement system. “As we developed the TDP05K, we realized the product requires

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Ontario rolls out smart thermostat program

September 4, 2017

Homeowners or renters living in single-detached, semi-detached, townhome or row home are eligible to take part in the GreenON Installations Program. The $40-million program includes the installation of a smart thermostat for free in 100,000 households. Residents living in multi-residential

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LEAPing ahead in sustainability

August 31, 2017 by Michael Power

The Coquitlam Centre’s new heat recovery chiller (HRC) system wins HOOPP’s LEAP award, helps cut GHG emissions by 35 per cent. Sustainability has transformed from a “nice-to-have” aspect for businesses to a core component of operations for many organizations, both

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Caleffi invites contractors to showcase hydronic projects

June 20, 2017

Caleffi is once again running its Excellence contest, beginning June 1 and continuing through November 30, 2017. Designers, contractors and engineers can showcase hydronic projects that incorporate Caleffi products. Each month the company will select contenders who will be voted

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Uponor merges sales and marketing with distribution

June 2, 2017

Uponor Ltd. held an open house on June 1, 2017 at its new Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, ON. Officially completing the merger of its sales and marketing headquarters with its eastern distribution centre, the innovative space supports the growth and

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Tulsar aims for expansion at its new Brantford facility

May 28, 2017

  Tulsar Canada is hoping to quadruple both its production and its workforce, adding up to 150 new jobs at its 135,000 square foot facility in Cainsville in the industrial area east of Brantford, ON. There are currently 50 people

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A positive vibe at MCEE with more exhibitors and higher attendance

May 12, 2017

The aisles were packed again for the 2017 edition of MCEE trade show and conference for the plumbing, hydronics, HVAC/R, electrical and lighting industries. The sold out trade show took place in Montreal on April 26 and 27. At 6,286,

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Hydronic controls: A look ahead

March 19, 2017 by Mike Miller

When I started my career some 25 years ago hydronic controls were pretty rudimentary. At best, they could control what they were designed for, but they were pretty much standalone. There were little application controllers and were often only good

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Stelpro develops smart thermostat with IoT leaders

February 7, 2017

Stelpro, a manufacturer of integrated heating solutions, has teamed up with three Internet of Things (IoT) partners to develop and bring to market Maestro – Smart Thermostats, a smart home solution for electric heat that enables users to customize home

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Pro Kontrol distributes Facility Explorer in Atlantic provinces

February 3, 2017

Pro Kontrol has been appointed by Johnson Controls to distribute the Facility Explorer line of digital controls in the Atlantic provinces (including Newfoundland and Labrador). The wholesaler, which is dedicated to HVAC control parts for commercial buildings, is promoting the

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Schneider Electric and Panasonic partner to simplify energy management

January 27, 2017

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, and Panasonic Corporation recently announced an integrated HVAC equipment and building management solution. Both companies have developed an interface wireless solution, which enables direct serial communication between Schneider Electric’s building

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Troubleshooting pointers for commercial pumps

December 18, 2016 by Mike Miller

When troubleshooting commercial pumps it is always important to note the type of symptoms, the point at which the symptoms began and the time period over which the symptoms developed. In particular, consider whether something changed in the system prior

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Distech Controls honoured for successful management model

November 9, 2016

Distech Controls, is the Gold Award Recipient in the Quality and Project category of the 2016 Canada Awards for Excellence. The win rewards Distech’s management model for continuous improvement and the achievement of significant operational results, as determined by stringent

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Innovative products in the spotlight at CIPHEX West

November 5, 2016

Winners of the New Product Competition at CIPHEX West are: Sunrise Tradex Corporation, The Mini: Movable Split Air Conditioner, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Viessmann Manufacuring Company, Vitosol FM, Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, etc.): tekmar Control Systems (A Watts Brand), WiFi

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Beyond the furnace tune-up

October 26, 2016 by Ian McTeer

A furnace tune-up is really a comprehensive maintenance job. Contractors know that it is essential to maintain a long-term relationship with every customer by providing timely preventive maintenance (PM) at least once per year. It is better to work with

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Changing flow direction for optimal heat exchanger performance

October 26, 2016 by John Siegenthaler

Many systems with renewable energy heat sources also have large thermal storage tanks. Examples include systems using biomass boilers and solar thermal collectors. I call these heat sources “wild” since they can operate over a wide range of conditions and

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How to size refrigeration correctly for the box and application

October 26, 2016 by Dave Demma

The key to a properly operating walk-in box system starts with a good design and the basis of a good design is to accurately determine what the refrigeration heat load is. To do this one has to realize that heat

Construct Canada,The Buildings Show
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Show Preview: Construct Canada 2016

October 26, 2016 by Doug Picklyk

The 28th annual Construct Canada show, the country’s largest building, design and construction event, will run Wednesday, November 30 through Friday, December 2 in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at the base of the CN Tower.

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It is time HVAC system design grew up

October 25, 2016 by Robert Bean

Recently Wilma Leung, my new favourite sage, and her progressive team from BC Housing-Homeowner Protection Office hosted 340 builders and affiliated service providers from British Columbia to participate in my class on thermal comfort for vulnerable populations. The program included

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Noble draws a crowd

October 21, 2016

It was standing room only for the basic furnace performance testing seminar, one of five complimentary educational sessions held during Noble’s 2016 BIG Tuesday Heating Show held on October 4 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. just north of Toronto