What Are the Benefits of Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating?

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See why the benefits of radiant floor heating make it the right choice for your next home’s heating system.

From increased efficiency and comfort (no drafts like from forced-air heating systems) to keeping allergies at bay, the compelling benefits of hydronic radiant floor heating have become increasingly popular with homeowners everywhere. Hydronic radiant floor heating circulates hot water through tubes in floors throughout a home. It has many advantages over traditional heating systems that are making it a popular option for all kinds of property owners.

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Radon Mitigation Systems: Is Your Home Safe?

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What every homeowner needs to know about radon mitigation systems.

If you’re asking yourself, “Why do I care about radon mitigation systems?” don’t worry: you’re not alone. A lot of homeowners focus on things like electrical safety and protection from fires and carbon monoxide. Few give a second thought to radon, and they pay dearly for it.

First Things First: What IS Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas found in the earth’s crust. It seeps up from below, poisoning the air you breathe. But you’d never know it.

Colorless and odorless, it’s difficult to detect without special equipment. Radon gas is a byproduct of uranium, occurring when the element begins to decay naturally. This gas eventually works its way to the surface, poisoning the air around you.

Over time, this exposure can lead to lung cancer. In fact, long-term radon exposure was the reason attributed to over 21,000 deaths just last year. It is the second deadliest contributor, behind smoking, and the most lethal contributor amongst non-smokers.

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EP Sales Now Stocks Sentinel X500 Glycol

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Sentinel X500 Glycol is available in 100% and 30% pre-mix 5-gallon jugs.

Sentinel X500 protects all system metals against corrosion using the same unique blend of inhibitors as Sentinel X100 with the added benefit of freeze protection.

X500 is a multipurpose inhibited antifreeze for hydronic heating systems.  It is formulated to help control corrosion, scale, boiler noise and hydrogen gassing in all types of indirect heating systems including those containing aluminum components.

The non-toxic formulation is colorless, easy to handle and is suitable for use in all waters, both hard and soft. If minimum levels are maintained, the product ensures a permanent protection and does not need to be replaced.

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Using Glycol in Hydronic Heating Systems

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Glycol, also called antifreeze, is an important compound that HVAC manufacturers use to protect hydronic heating systems in cold climates. When added to water, glycol lowers the freezing temperature of the resulting mixture, ensuring that it remains liquid even during harsh winter weather.

Without glycol, simply leaving the heat source off for more than a day or two could result in the entire system freezing up; causing ice which will likely burst pipes and create extensive water damage to a dwelling.  Adding glycol to the water prevents such catastrophes from happening, but often compromises system performance.  However, high-quality glycol can mitigate that risk.

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Announcing Two New Products from S&P

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S&P-PRF Radon Fan

S&P has announced that their PRF Model Radon Fan and accessories are now available.  The PRF is designed to exhaust air from buildings where high or dangerous levels of radon gas are detected.  Two models are available, the PRF-100 is 4” and rated at 150 cfm @ .2 static, the PRF-150 is 6” and rated at 290 cfm @ .2 static.  Both models are fully sealed plastic with a water tight electrical box, are HVI and cETLus certified and carry a 5 year warranty.  PRF radon fans are in stock at S&P for immediate shipment.

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EP Sales Appointed as Rep for Cambridge Resources

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EP Sales is happy to announce that we have been appointed as the Cambridge Resources Rep for the states of MN, WI, ND, SD and IA.  Cambridge Resources is one of the leading manufacturers of premium HVAC products in the United States. Cambridge has been manufacturing HVAC products for more than 15 years for over 150 distributor partners throughout the US.

Cambridge is the HVAC market leader for Duct Straps. These straps are great for securing ductwork, large wires, and cables. They possess the maximum tensile strength for maximum durability. They feature a bent and rounded tip for smooth insertion in hard-to-reach places. Their rounded tip also protects users from sharp edges. These duct straps are easy to use and lock quickly and securely around wire bundles, cable, ropes, and more.  Cambridge Resources also offers a full line of hose clampsgas connectors, and pipe hanging products specially designed for the plumbing industry.

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Gas Monitoring Systems for Vehicle Emissions

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As the growth of multi-family residential housing units has increased in recent years, so has the number of enclosed parking garages. Builders and planners recognize that tenants prefer enclosed parking garages for convenience and comfort. Such garages are a definite selling point in northern states where snow clearing is a major issue. However, with such enclosed parking areas comes a significant danger.

The Problem with Vehicle Emissions in Enclosed Parking Garages

Even though enclosed parking garages are very attractive to tenants, keeping the air healthy should be a concern for building owners. Cars in enclosed spaces can produce high levels of carbon monoxide (CO), and diesel engine cars can produce high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂). Both emissions are very dangerous and pose significant safety concerns to human life.  Human health effects can vary significantly based on the state of health, age, sex and weight and exposure over time to low concentration levels can lead to respiratory problems, lung damage and neurological problems.  Toxicity levels are well-documented and death can occur in a matter of minutes.

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EP Sales Appointed as Rep for Opera Gas Detectors

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EP Sales is happy to announce that we have been appointed as the Opera Gas Detector Rep for the states of MN, WI, ND, SD and IA.  Opera is based in Montreal, Canada and has manufactured gas detection products for over 35 years.  Their products are typically used for vehicle emissions monitoring, combustion gasses, refrigerant leak detection and industrial health and safety.  We see Opera as a nice complement to the extensive line of light commercial ventilation products that we offer through wholesale distributors in the upper Midwest.

Please check out Opera in the Vendor section of our website and give us a call or send your next gas detector project quote request to sales@epsalesinc.com.

Residential Mechanical Ventilation – The Minnesota Solution

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The state of MN has been at the forefront of adopting residential building codes that incorporate energy efficiency designs for residential mechanical ventilation. These codes have additional provisions which address some of the serious side effects such designs can have on the home’s inhabitants and structural integrity.

Back in the early 1980’s, these energy efficient building designs introduced highly insulated air tight homes. These designs significantly reduce a home’s energy consumption but created adverse consequences that could not go ignored. Extensive research conducted over the past 30+ years was the driving force behind the current 2015 Minnesota Energy Code. Considered controversial by the builders and realtors, primarily due to the code’s cost impact on a home’s sale price, this code is also viewed as a showcase for all the advocates of the advancement of building science.

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Heat Recovery Ventilator(HRV) vs Energy Recovery Ventilator(ERV): What’s the Right Unit for Your Home?

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If you’re in the process of building a home and want to keep it filled with fresh, healthy air year-round, then you have an important decision to make – which ventilation system to add to your HVAC package.

The most effective ventilation options available for residential homes are HRVs and ERVs.  In order to choose the right one for your home, it’s important to understand the differences between the two products.

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EP Sales maintains a large inventory of Thermolec and Summeraire products and parts to service the needs of our customers.