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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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The effect of heating coil performance on boiler efficiency and system complexity

December 17, 2016 by Robert Bean

Lately I have been noticing during reviews that designers are selecting fan/coils without regard to system efficiency and control simplicity. A few extra minutes of evaluation can add several efficiency points while eliminating the need for mixing strategies. Let’s start

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Group Simoneau moves into Ontario

November 28, 2016

Group Simoneau has acquired Sterling Combustion, one of its first collaborators and distributors based in Georgetown, ON, and renamed the business Simoneau & Sterling Inc. The acquisition is part of Quebec-based Group Simoneau’s plan to enter new markets in Canada

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Watts expands commercial water heater holdings

November 7, 2016

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has acquired PVI Industries. PVI is a manufacturer of engineer-specified plumbing and heating equipment for new construction and building retrofits. Its solutions utilize gas, oil, electric, steam, and hot water or combinations of energies in storage

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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

Siegenthaler
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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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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

CIPHEX West
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Trade show features full conference program, including hydronics

October 21, 2016 by Kerry Turner

In addition to 30,000 square feet of exhibits, CIPHEX West trade show will also feature a full conference program, new product showcase, the Canadian Hydronics Conference and the new Executive Summit. Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, CIPHEX West is

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Solar thermal runs hot and cold

October 17, 2016 by Robert Waters

Having been involved with the solar water heating (SWH) industry since the early 1980s, I can tell you that it has faced many challenges. A look at its history in Canada reveals that SWH has been on a roller coaster

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Roth moves forward with Watertown, NY expansion

October 10, 2016

Local, state and federal officials joined Roth Industries, Inc. recently to celebrate the company’s $6.0 million expansion project ground breaking at its Watertown, NY facility in the City Center Industrial Park. Manfred Roth, chairman and CEO of the company, was

Aquatech Sales and Marketing
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Aqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc. shores up its inside sales and support

October 7, 2016

Aqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc. is expanding its inside sales and technical support starting with the hiring of Ron McAvoy. McAvoy has joined the team as a technical support representative. He was most recently on the trade side of the business

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New vp offerings/marketing named at Uponor

October 5, 2016

Uponor has named Dena Mayne  vice president of offerings/marketing for Uponor North America, effective September 30, 2016. “Dena brings solid international business experience that will help us capitalize on opportunities and balance Uponor’s global strategy with our local market needs,”

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Win a trip to AHR 2017 in Vegas

September 20, 2016

Twenty lucky contractors will be joining Weil-McLain Canada at the 2017 AHR Expo trade show in Las Vegas. Entries into the draw are earned by purchasing select Weil-McLain products between September 1 and December 1, 2016. Winners will depart on

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Contractors flock to Eden Energy education session

September 17, 2016

Eden Energy Equipment hosted Contemporary Approaches to Hydronic Heating and Cooling in Guelph, ON on September 13 and 14. Presented by John Siegenthaler, topics in the session included hydraulic separation; distribution efficiency and low power pumping; combining hydronics and geothermal

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Ariston Thermo acquires NTI

September 13, 2016

NTI, a manufacturer of high-efficiency condensing boilers and water heaters, with manufacturing facilities in New Brunswick, has announced that Ariston Thermo of Milan, Italy, has acquired controlling interest in the family‐run business. NTI has been manufacturing in Canada for the

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A new contender in the North American thermoplastic pipe market

September 12, 2016

Massachusetts-based thermoplastic valve and pipe manufacturer Asahi/America, Inc. has announced a partnership with Bänninger. Through this new partnership, Asahi/America will have exclusive distribution rights in North America to the German manufacturer’s PP-RCT piping systems for the commercial plumbing market. At

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Viega Extended No-Stop Couplings

September 12, 2016

Viega offers six new, extended no-stop coupling options for the Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for joining schedule 5 to schedule 40 black iron pipe in sizes 1/2″ to 2″. The Viega MegaPress system uses modern cold press connections for

pellet boiler,John Siegenthaler
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Making the switch from oil-fired to a pellet-fired boiler

September 8, 2016 by John Siegenthaler

During the last two years I have been reviewing submittals for proposed heating systems using pellet-fired boilers. They come from heating professionals ranging from installers to professional engineers. These submittals are required to participate in a state incentive program that

radiant,radiant energy,radiant heating,Robert Bean
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The continuum of radiant myths

September 6, 2016 by Robert Bean

Back in 2004 I penned an article called Radiant Mythology: 22 Myths about Radiant Heating. In the years since the first copyright of the article on www.healthyheating.com, that article has brought me the immense pleasure of watching tightly-wound individuals implode

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Aqua-Tech to rep Xylem product lines in Ontario

September 1, 2016

Xylem Applied Water Systems and Aqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc. have announced that Aqua-Tech will represent Bell & Gossett – Residential HVAC Product Group, McDonnell & Miller and Hoffman Specialty products in Ontario. The manufacturer’s representative will be working with

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Trends that mean good news for the hydronic industry

August 31, 2016 by Steve Goldie

When I sat down to write this article, my intention was to take a look at some of the most common issues in residential hydronic installations and examine the remedies. In the interest of not being repetitive I did a

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Active floors hit the mark at Winnipeg airport

August 28, 2016 by Russell Lavitt

How to heat and cool a very large, nearly all-glass building, while hiding the sources of warmth and cooling. As a significant public building, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport has large expanses of heated and cooled floors as

glycol levels
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How to match glycol levels to various HVAC systems

August 24, 2016 by Rob Waters

Glycol is a mystery fluid to many in the HVAC industry, but it is an essential tool for designing many different types of HVAC systems. In Canada, where glycol is essential to protect HVAC systems from freezing, most contractors have

hydronic system
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Twelve comparisons between hydronics and VRF/VRV systems

August 23, 2016 by John Siegenthaler

Hydronics technology has long been known for unsurpassed heating comfort. It has also been used for cooling, primarily through chilled water distribution systems in commercial and institutional buildings. This well-established and highly successful track record is, in part, based on

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Control logic for fluid temperature control

August 22, 2016 by Mike Miller

We come across so many different types of terminology in our industry that not everyone is fully aware of their meanings. The following is some of the most basic control logic terminology with a short explanation of what each means

Mark Evans,Viega
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Viega promotes Canadian execs, relocates headquarters

August 1, 2016

  Viega LLC has promoted Dale Heath to regional sales manager, Canada. Heath will be responsible for growing, managing and developing sales strategies for all of Canada. He has worked for more than 17 years in the plumbing and heating

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Online course on air-to-water heat pump systems begins next month

August 1, 2016

HeatSpring, in partnership with John Siegenthaler, P.E., and the SpacePak division of Mestek Corporation, will soon launch a five-week online course entitled: Application of Air-to-Water Heat Pumps for Hydronic Heating and Cooling. This course explains the benefits of combining modern

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Lochinvar celebrates water heater, boiler technology milestone

July 25, 2016

Tennessee-based Lochinvar, LLC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its industry-changing Power-Fin product line this July. Developed in 1986 from Lochinvar pioneer William Vallett Sr.’s vision for a high-efficiency water heater and boiler, the Power-Fin product was the first of

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Quebec moves to harmonize energy efficiency regs

July 25, 2016

On July 13, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources tabled a draft regulation to replace the existing Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. The draft regulation is published in the Gazette officielle du