Archives: Heating

How To Replace Taco 0014-F1 Circulator Pump Cartridge

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Replacing Taco 0014-F1 Cartridge I like to try and fix things myself when they are easy and straight forward. Typically I’ll do some research and determine if a home repair is something I can tackle myself or if it’s time to call a PRO. Being a contractor myself I find myself hating to pay top…

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PVC Flue Gas Venting Pipe

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

System 1738 – Engineered PVC Flue Gas Pipe Years ago we started installing gas boilers that allowed venting through PVC Drain Waste Venting (DWV) piping. The use of PVC DWV piping to vent the boilers made for easy routing of vent pipes and the ability to vent up through the roof much like plumbing vent…

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Heating – Propane Vs Oil

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Update: This is a popular article written several years ago. While pricing may have changed the basic comparison still holds true today. Heating Fuel – Propane Vs. Oil When we built our new house one of the big decisions I had to make was what type of heating fuel to use. Should we use the…

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Radiant Heat – Options and Alternatives for Remodeling

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Radiant Heat – Not Just For New Construction I’ve written about Radiant Heat many times on this site. While most of my past focus has been on new construction I wanted to share some great examples of how Radiant Heat can also be incorporated into remodeling projects. Before I get into that topic I first…

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Radiant Heat for Wood Sub-Floors

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Radiant Heat – Current Details for Wood Framed Floor Systems Radiant heat is so popular in today’s new homes that it’s being used in a majority of the new homes we build. Over the last 5 years I’ve seen an industry that changed details about as often as the seasons change here in New England.…

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Furnace Buying Tips

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Tips for Buying A New Furnace I wanted to quickly share some great tips for buying a new furnace. One in four furnaces in U.S. homes is more than 20 years old – and therefore well past its prime – according to the EPA.  That means millions of homeowners may be in for a rude…

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School Addition Goes Green with Radiant Heat

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Radiant Heat Keeps School Comfortable and Healthy Radiant heat has long been classified as a Green Construction method for several reasons. Most importantly is the elimination of duct work which potentially creates poor air quality. Additionally radiant heat is considered by many to be a much more efficient heating system. We recently designed and built…

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Uponor Supports Local Non-Profit Montessori School

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Uponor Helps Montessori School Go Green Uponor is a leading manufacturer of plumbing and heating systems for both residential and commercial buildings. Uponor manufactures Wirsbo hePEX plus tubing which we have used quite a few times on both residential and commercial projects for radiant heating. Montessori School Chooses Radiant Heat As a full time engineer…

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