October 5, 2018
It was a full house as more than 1000 attendees made the trek to the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, ON for Noble’s 25th anniversary trade show.
The event, held September 27, 2018, featured more than 75 vendor exhibits, five seminars and a “New Products Alley.”
Nearly 50 prizes were dolled out, ranging from gift cards to Toronto Maple Leafs tickets to water heaters to power tools.
Major prizes included 10 “Better Bathroom” packages, courtesy of American Standard, which offered the company’s Studio sink, Studio faucet, VorMax toilet and Spectra+ showerhead.
Courtesy of WeatherKing ad Aprilaire, 10 furnace and indoor air quality packages were also awarded. The packages included WeatherKing’s W95T ECM furnace and Aprilaire’s Model 600 humidifier and 1410 media air cleaner.
Other exhibitors included Fujitsu, Testo, AquaTech, Viega, Ridgid, Uponor, Navien, Franke, Milwaukee Tools, NTI Boilers, Viessmann and more.
A series of educational seminars throughout the afternoon covered hydronic heating and balancing and new rules for door-to-door sales.
John Barba, residential training manager at Taco Comfort Solutions, Inc., presented the “Complete Guide for a Hydronic Heating System” to a full room of attendees from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The talk covered how to select and size boilers, pipe, pumps, CVs and controls. It also included how to understand ECM variable speed circulators: Delta P, Delta T and infinite variable speed.
From 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., visitors filtered in and out of the seminar room, taking breaks to walk through the packed trade show floor.
A presentation by Blake Hartshorn, hydronic balancing sspecialist at Victaulic, titled “Hydronic Balancing and Control Technology,” discussed circuit balancing valve basics from selection to installation, and how to create energy efficient systems for optimal performance.
Coils can under-flow or overflow without balancing, Hartshorn said. This can lead to several problems, such as difficulties starting up after a set back, fluctuating temperature or unstable room temperatures.
“We don’t always live in design condition,” Hartshorn said.
Solutions presented include manual balancing valves, automatic balancing valves, differential pressure controls plus manual valves, and a pressure independent balancing control valve.
Martin Luymes, vice president of government and stakeholder relations at the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) led another afternoon talk on changes to the consumer protection act, including new laws affecting sales for water heaters, purifiers, filters, softeners and HVAC systems, among others.
He also shared dos and don’ts for in-home sales, as well as information about 3-year record keeping and sales contracts.
Other presentations included an IPEX System 636 Installation Training Certificate Course, with emphasis on proper solvent cementing, and a Gastite Flexible Gas Piping Certification. www.noble.ca