tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company is proud to announce that its Boiler Control 284, the next generation in control for mixed boiler plant operations, has been presented with Honorable Mention in the Building Automation Category of the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.
The Boiler Control 284 is designed to operate up to four boilers to accurately maintain a target water temperature and communicates directly with building automation systems through BACnet® or Modbus®. The new control will be on display in the Watts Water Booth #2631 at the AHR Expo January 21-23, 2014, in New York, NY.
"We're honored to be recognized by a panel of experts in the HVACR industry," said Nathan Floyd, General Manager for tekmar Control Systems. "It is because of the hard work and dedication of each person at tekmar that we are celebrating this success today, and we will continue our efforts to focus on innovative system solutions for HVAC."
The Boiler Control 284 provides complete integration of the mechanical equipment in the heating plant for operating multiple heating loads. It controls both condensing and non-condensing boilers that are modulating, single stage, or two stage to provide a flexible, cost-effective mixed boiler plant operation.
The connection to building automation systems (BAS) allows installers and building managers to remotely monitor boiler operation, plant temperatures, system pressure, flow rates, and pump operation using the BAS network.
The 284 is also designed to prolong the lifespan of equipment. Primary pump sequencing prevents downtime by automatically operating a second pump if a failure is detected. Other reliability features include pump exercising, equal run-time rotation, and boiler minimum & maximum temperature settings.
tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company, has expanded a homeowner’s ability to control relative humidity, temperature setpoint, and snow melting through their home automation system. tekmar is now offering a free firmware update for its tN4 Gateway 482 which integrates tekmar HVAC controls with a home automation system to support these options.
“tekmar has always been committed to offering homeowners comfort and peace of mind. By offering seamless integration between our industry-leading controls and 3rd-party home automation systems, home automation integrators have additional features for their customers, and homeowners have more options for centralized control,” said Greg Leupin, sales & marketing manager for tekmar.
Once updated with the free firmware, the Gateway 482 can serve as a bridge between a tekmarNet® Thermostat 557 and a 3rd-party home automation system to control relative humidity.
Controlling relative humidity improves comfort, enhances health, and protects artwork and musical instruments from excessive or very low relative humidity levels. The Gateway 482 also works with tekmar’s flush-mount Humidity and Temperature Sensor 086, meaning the thermostat and sensors can be hidden in the wall for flexible interior design.
The Gateway 482 can also connect the tekmarNet® Setpoint Control 162 to a home automation system to enable temperature control of pools, tubs, fountains, and other similar equipment.
For homeowners who want snow-and ice-free driveways, sidewalks, and patios, the Gateway 482 can be used to connect tekmar’s Snow Melting Control 654 and an automatic snow melt sensor to the home automation system. This gives homeowners the ability to start and stop their snow melting system remotely.
TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011/CNW/ - Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and imported tile top many homeowners "must have" lists when they are renovating or building a new home. But the majority of checklists are missing one vital component that will make their home perfect in every way: a radiant home heating system. An essential finishing touch for all homeowners who are creating the perfect home, radiant heat is the healthiest, most energy efficient and architecturally versatile heating option available in Canada today.
Unlike a traditional forced air heating system which forces hot air into a cold space, a radiant system uses water's own natural heat retention to spread warmth. Warm water flows through a network of tubes in floors, walls and baseboards, ensuring uniform and even heat in every corner of every room. It also creates a warm, comfortable environment at a lower thermostat setting, and provides zone controls that allow homeowners to lower the temperature in rooms they use less frequently. The result is a home with lower energy bills.
"Radiant heat is quite simply the finest home heating system you will ever experience," says John Goshulak, Heating Ambassador, Beautiful Heat. "When Canadians experience the benefits of radiant heating they will never look back. The air is cleaner, the heat is uniform and there are endless design options. It is the right choice for homeowners who want a home that is perfect in every way."
By eliminating the need for fans, blowers or vents in the floors, radiant heat does not circulate dust, pollutants or allergens, creating a healthier environment that is ideal for allergy sufferers or homes with pets. Not only will the air be cleaner, a radiant system's ductless design, creates extra space by eliminating bulky ductwork and ensures each room in the home has clean, elegant lines uninterrupted by vents or registers.
"When we built our home last year we chose to install radiant heat because it has so many benefits," says Mario Furtado, homeowner and owner, Marana Kitchen. "Not only do our rooms look much bigger without all the bulky ductwork of a forced air system, our heating bill is 40% lower, and our investment will likely pay for itself in less than five years. With the ability to control the temperature in every room of our house, we both feel warm and comfortable all the time ― even in our basement. However, the best thing about radiant heat is waking up to a warm house with warm floors during the cold winter months…and at our age, we deserve it."
A recent national survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Beautiful Heat reveals Canadians have a "wish list" of things they would like to have in their homes. Switching to radiant home heating would make many of these items a reality:
"Although radiant heating systems are relatively new to Canada, radiant heat has been used for centuries, including by the Romans," says Goshulak. "In Europe, radiant systems are the preferred heating method and are used in 95% of European homes today."
Radiant heating works with any kind of floor covering including hardwood, tile or carpet and can be installed over or under existing sub-floors, in concrete slabs and in walls and along baseboards. Radiant heating can also be extended to luxury features like towel warming, and walkway or driveway snow melting.
Although costs to install radiant home heating may be higher than other heating options, in the long run, radiant heating is the most energy-efficient and cost-effective heating system available.
About the Beautiful Heat Ipsos Reid Survey
Ipsos Reid conducted a poll on behalf of Beautiful Heat from September 19-26, 2011. For this survey, a national sample of 1,003 homeowners from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20 of what the results would have been had the entire population of homeowners in Canada been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to, coverage error and measurement error.
About Beautiful Heat
Beautiful Heat is the finest home heating system you will ever experience. It uses water's natural heat retention properties to distribute warm even heat throughout your home. Beautiful Heat is presented by a select group of Canadian manufacturers of radiant home heating products. For further information, visit BeautifulHeat.com.