Vernon, BC. June 24, 2013 - tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company, has added two new products to its Snow Melting performance series to offer better options and flexibility to HVAC system designers. The Snow Melting Control 654 and the Snow Sensor 095 are now available for purchase and orders will begin shipping tomorrow.
The Snow Melting Control 654 is a new communicating control designed to operate electric or hydronic equipment to melt snow or ice from any surface including driveways, walkways, patios, business entrances, parking ramps, loading docks, hospital entrances, helipads or car wash bays. The surface temperature for snow melting is controlled automatically to reduce operating energy costs. The 654 has an automatic start and stop function when used with the Snow/Ice Sensor 090 or 094. Automatic start with a timed stop is available when used with the Snow Sensor 095.
The Snow Sensor 095 is an aerial mounted sensor that detects falling snow and allows a tekmar Snow Melting Control to automatically start the snow melt system. System stop is provided by the control’s timer or by manual disable. The 095 is well suited to adding automatic start to an existing snow melt system and complements the existing line of in-slab Snow/Ice Sensors 090 and 094.
“In-slab snow and ice sensors are still the best option for detection; however for installations where the in-slab snow and ice sensor 090 or 094 were not installed, the new Snow Sensor 095 makes automatic start of an existing snowmelt system possible,” said Greg Leupin, sales & marketing manager for tekmar. “The option to mount this sensor anywhere after installation makes this sensor a perfect retrofit solution,” added Leupin.
Snowmelt systems are one of the fastest growing applications in hydronic heating. Design and installation are relatively easy when you have the right information, the right design, and the right control strategy. The systems can be installed for convenience, as a reliable and economical alternative to snow removal, and for necessity, where safe, clean, and easy access is critical. Snow and ice melting systems can be used in a variety of applications and a proper control strategy should be designed with the customer's intention and expectations in mind.
The Snow Melting Control 654 is unique because of the new features that are now possible for better snow melting control. Some of the features include tekmarNet communication to easily integrate into a tekmarNet HVAC system, tandem snow/ice detection to ensure system reliability is maintained, econoMelt to give a customer the option to save costs, storm to pre-heat a slab for upcoming bad weather, zoning and priority to operate zones differently depending on requirements and tracking to gain functionality in all zones with only one Snow/Ice sensor installed. Paired along with the right sensor option, the 654 features the best in snow melt control.
To learn more, view the Snow Melting Control 654, Snow/Ice Sensor 090 and 094 and Snow Sensor 095 product pages.
Vernon, BC. April 25, 2013 – tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company, has added a new touchscreen thermostat to its designer series to offer more options and flexibility to HVAC system designers.
The tekmarNet® Thermostat 553 is now available for purchase and orders will begin shipping immediately. The tekmarNet® Thermostat 553 is a communicating thermostat designed to operate two heating stages, one cooling stage, a fan and relative humidity. The heating stages can be hydronic, forced air or a single stage heat pump. The cooling stage is either an air conditioner or heat pump.
“What is unique about the 553 is it can operate a radiant floor heating and cooling system together with either an air distribution heat pump, hydronic fan coil, or a forced air furnace. The touchscreen display is easy to read, simple to navigate and quick to set and adjust,” said Greg Leupin, sales & marketing manager for tekmar.
There are two auxiliary sensor inputs available to measure room, floor, outdoor, coil or duct temperature. The optional floor sensor allows precise heating of radiant floors by controlling the floor temperature and maintaining the desired room air temperature. Relative humidity level can be measured and controlled using the built-in humidity sensor.
The tekmarNet® Thermostat 553, like the other thermostats in the series, features the best options for radiant floor control. “Each thermostat offers a set of features to best suit a range of applications, making the designer series a more complete offering,” added Leupin.
To select the right thermostat for your application, visit the zoning comparison page.
Vernon, BC. February 22, 2013 – tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company, is pleased to announce that the Boiler Control 284 is now available for purchase.
The Boiler Control 284 is designed to operate up to four boilers to accurately maintain a target water temperature. The 284 operates both condensing & non-condensing boilers that are either modulating, single stage or two stage to provide a flexible, cost effective mixed boiler plant solution with better system performance.
“This control communicates with Building Automation Systems, which is an exciting new market for tekmar. The system can be remotely monitored & adjusted through BACnet® or Modbus® communication,” said Greg Leupin, sales & marketing manager for tekmar.
This connection makes it possible for installers & building managers to monitor boiler operation, plant temperatures, vent temperatures, system pressure, flow rates & pump operation using the BAS system interface. When no BAS connection is required, remote monitoring can be provided through tekmarNet® Gateways.
The 284 is designed to prolong the lifespan of the 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.
To obtain maximum efficiency, the 284 adjusts plant sequencing based on target temperatures. This target is calculated using outdoor temperature reset or a fixed setpoint for space or process heating applications. The 284’s automatic boiler differential, primary pump sequencing, domestic hot water priority, setpoint operation & combustion air damper control all work together to maximize energy savings & system reliability.
“The 284 is a price competitive, flexible solution for commercial & multi-residential heating plants. This control supports any combination of boiler type, and saves energy with better boiler sequencing and control,” adds Leupin.
To learn more visit the Boiler Control 284 product page.
The tekmarNet®2 House Control 406 provides full system control for 2-pipe heat pump applications. The 406 includes 4 on-board zones and is capable of controlling up to 24 through Wiring Centers. For complete details, refer to the product page.