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How the ESS Water Heater Keeps Employees Safe

How the ESS Water Heater Keeps Employees SafeRecognized in the commercial plumbing industry for our innovative line of CircuitSolver® thermostatic balancing valves, our dynamic paraffin wax actuator technology can be used in a wide range of applications for several markets. In addition to the CircuitSolver® line, ThermOmegaTech®’s plumbing product offerings also include the ESS Water Heater for tepid water delivery to emergency safety showers and face/eyewash stations.

Emergency safety fixtures are critical to employee safety in any workplace where hazardous chemicals are handled. For facilities without a ready supply of steam or hot water, the ESS Water Heater is a safe and reliable solution. Specifically designed to comply with ANSI Z358.1-2014 tepid water standards, this product combines a third-party electric water heater and ThermOmegaTech®’s Therm-O-Mix® Station Water/Water Mixing (WWM).

When an emergency safety station is activated, cold water from the facility and hot water from the heater enters the Therm-O-Mix® WWM which automatically proportions the two flows into OSHA-approved tepid water which is then delivered to the fixtures.

Unlike instantaneous heaters, the ESS Water Heater will be unaffected by a loss of power. The industrial-grade water heater has a heavy-duty carbon steel tank with an internal cement lining and external foam insulation to minimize stand-by heat loss. The Therm-O-Mix® WWM functions completely mechanically with no need for a source of electricity. Even if the lights go out, the ESS Water Heater packaged system will continue to provide tepid water and ensure worker safety.

Should you have any questions about this product or application, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of product experts.

The right hot water … any fixture, any time

CircuitSolver CS Self-actuating thermostatic balancing valve for domestic hot water systems DHWSSpecial to Plumbing Engineer from ThermOmegaTech

Many buildings require multiple branches off the hot water supply line. Water flows to the path of least resistance. Hot water use is hyper-dynamic, so the path of least resistance constantly changes. Because flow rates often have to be set much higher than “optimum,” manual balancing valves or constant flow balancing valves cannot effectively resolve these issues.

ThermOmegaTech has a solution. By installing Circuit Solver at the end of each hot water supply branch before it connects back into the return, you are assured of having the right water temperature at all times. This allows for the right temperature of hot water to be made available at any hot water fixture in a building, regardless of the time of day.

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Circuit Solver Union Assembly

Circuit Solver Union Assembly Self-actuating thermostatic balancing valve with union body and ball valves for domestic hot water systems DHWSThe Circuit Solver line with an integrated union and optional built-in check valve as well as a complete assembly.  This product will also be NSF 61 certified. It also minimizes flow through the system by only allowing small amounts of water to pass through once the set point is reached, which reduces system wear and allows for a smaller circulator that won’t consume as much power.

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ThermOmegaTech Circuitsolver Sanitary Flush Valve

CircuitSolver® CSUSF Self-actuating Sanitary Flush thermostatic balancing valve for domestic hot water systems (DHWS)The CircuitSolver Sanitary Flush Valve allows for higher-temperature water to flow through a domestic hot water system during the disinfection process to protect against Legionella growth in systems capable of high-temperature flushes.

The product is a thermostatic, self-actuating balancing valve that adjusts the flow to maintain the specified temperature at the end of each branch.

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Balancing From Coast to Coast

CircuitSolver CS Self-actuating thermostatic balancing valve for domestic hot water systems DHWSFor nearly a decade, Circuit Solver has exceeded the standard for balancing domestic hot water systems. The thermostatic self-actuating balancing valve controls temperature and ensures hot water is delivered consistently to all fixtures without the need for manual balancing. The simple design combined with the unique technology of the valve has transformed the future of domestic hot water balancing. To date, there are thousands of Circuit Solvers installed in buildings across the country with more being spec’d into projects every day. More and more contractors are realizing the convenience the valve creates by eliminating the need for time-consuming and expensive manual balancing labor and equipment.

ThermOmegaTech interviewed a few contractors to hear about their experiences using Circuit Solver. Below are the responses from three plumbing contractors: E.M. Duggan Inc, Pan-Pacific Mechanical, and Production Plus Plumbing Inc.

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ThermOmegaTech, Inc. Introduces CircuitSolver™ Valve for Domestic Hot Water Systems

Valve Delivers Rapid Hot Water and Savings

WARMINSTER, PA – September 26, 2012 – ThermOmegaTech, the global leader in the design and manufacture of self-actuating temperature control valves, announced today the launch of its new CircuitSolver™ valve for domestic hot water systems. The company extensively researched the problem of hot water not being rapidly delivered to all parts of a building and utilized its self-actuating temperature control valve technology to solve it. The result is simple, an elegant piece of equipment that is easy to install and maintain, saving time, money, and energy.

“We are thrilled to announce CircuitSolver after hearing what trouble it can be to get hot water instantly to all parts of many buildings,” said James Logue Jr., President and CEO of ThermOmegaTech. “We have been developing valves to control the temperature and flow of water in many settings over the past 27 years. When we recognized this problem in the plumbing industry, we knew that we could develop a simple ‘silver bullet’ valve that would change the way engineers solved domestic hot water system problems. It is no longer necessary to install manual balancing valves and spend lots of time and money installing and maintaining them. Instead, CircuitSolver responds to changing water temperature and automatically changes flow to keep domestic hot water temperatures evenly distributed.”

Water flows to the path of least resistance and many buildings require multiple branches off the hot water supply line. Since hot water use is dynamic, the path of least resistance is constantly changing and manual balancing valves cannot properly resolve these issues. CircuitSolver fixes this problem when installed on the end of each supply branch. Additionally, it eliminates the need for oversized recirculating pumps, minimizes heat-loss by reducing fluctuations in average temperature and flow rate, and lowers flow in hot water return lines minimizing erosion-corrosion problems caused by excessive velocity. The result is a dramatic reduction in water waste, energy savings, and greatly improves comfort and satisfaction from all users of the domestic hot water system.

When entering water temperature is below CircuitSolver’s set point, the thermal actuator will begin to open the valve to establish a flow rate that will achieve set point. If the water temperature exceeds the set point, the valve will begin to throttle back to find the current equilibrium point. Continuously operating at the optimum temperature minimizes system heat-loss thereby saving energy. This constant, automatic response to water temperature enables each hot water branch to quickly and consistently deliver the right temperature of hot water to each connected fixture. The valve, which is constructed of all stainless steel, complies with California AB1953, and meets NSF-61 standards.

“After we installed CircuitSolver, we saw nearly 50% reduction in the time it took for the enhanced hot water delivery to reach the plumbing fixtures,” stated Bob Albanese, Construction Manager representing the Austonian. “It was simple to install and looks like it will be even easier to maintain. Our residents are quite pleased with the enhancements we’ve made to our system.”

CircuitSolver is currently available for sale. More information is available at www.CircuitSolver.com. Appointments with engineers from ThermOmegaTech can also be made through the website to determine if CircuitSolver is the right solution for any hot water distribution challenge.

ThermOmegaTech has over two decades of experience in the design and manufacture of valves for freeze protection and scald protection, mixing and diverting, steam traps, ambient temperature control, surface sensing applications, and custom designed valves. The company’s valves protect billions of dollars of rail equipment each year, and can be found in hotels and condominiums, commercial dishwashers, boiler systems, commercial laundries, safety showers and eyewash stations, thermal solar panels, and more. ThermOmegaTech’s valves are all environmentally friendly, and no outside power source is needed to activate them.

About ThermOmegaTech, Inc.
Founded in 1983, ThermOmegaTech is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of the most advanced, reliable, and compact self-actuated valves for temperature control. The company holds over 25 patents for the design and manufacturing of valves for freeze control, scald protection, and tepid water mixing in the rail, manufacturing, processing, healthcare, hospitality, and building industries, to name a few. All ThermOmegaTech products are made in the United States of America. More details are available at www.ThermOmegaTech.com.

CircuitSolver™ Valve Approved for Sale & Installation in Massachusetts Self Actuating Valve for DHW Systems Passes Rigorous Testing Requirements

WARMINSTER, PA – January 2, 2013ThermOmegaTech, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of self-actuating temperature control valves, announced today that its  CircuitSolver™ valve for domestic hot water systems is now approved by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters for installation in Massachusetts.

“We are excited that CircuitSolver has been approved for sale and installation in Massachusetts,” said James Logue Jr., President and CEO of ThermOmegaTech. “Massachusetts has a strict policy when it comes to plumbing systems. This approval further cements CircuitSolver as the best solution for domestic hot water delivery problems.”

Water flows to the path of least resistance and many buildings require multiple branches off the hot water supply line. Since hot water use is dynamic, the path of least resistance is constantly changing and manual balancing valves cannot properly resolve these issues. CircuitSolver fixes this problem when installed on the end of each supply branch. Additionally, it eliminates the need for oversized recirculating pumps, minimizes heat-loss by reducing fluctuations in average temperature and flow rate, and lowers flow in hot water return lines minimizing erosion-corrosion problems caused by excessive velocity.  The result is a dramatic reduction in water waste, energy savings, and greatly improved comfort and satisfaction from all users of the domestic hot water system.

When entering water temperature is below CircuitSolver’s set point, the thermal actuator will begin to open the valve to establish a flow rate that will achieve set point. If the water temperature exceeds the set point, the valve will begin to throttle back  flow as required. Continuously operating at the optimum temperature minimizes system heat-loss thereby saving water and energy. This constant, automatic response to water temperature enables each hot water branch to quickly and consistently deliver the right temperature of hot water to each connected fixture. The valve, which is constructed of all stainless steel, complies with California AB1953, and meets NSF-61 standards.

CircuitSolver is currently available for sale. More information is available at www.CircuitSolver.com.  Appointments for a live discussion with engineers from Therm-Omega-Tech can also be made through the website to determine if CircuitSolver is the right solution for any hot water distribution challenge.

ThermOmegaTech has over two decades of experience in the design and manufacture of valves for freeze and scald protection, mixing and diverting, steam traps, ambient temperature control, surface sensing applications, and custom designed valves. The company’s valves protect billions of dollars of rail equipment each year, and can be found in hotels and condominiums, commercial dishwashers, boiler systems, commercial laundries, safety showers and eyewash stations, and more. Therm-Omega-Tech’s valves are all environmentally friendly, and no outside power source is needed to activate them.

 About ThermOmegaTech, Inc.

Founded in 1983, ThermOmegaTech is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of the most advanced, reliable, and compact self-actuated valves for temperature control.   The company holds over 25 patents for the design and manufacturing of valves for freeze control, scald protection, and tepid water mixing in the rail, manufacturing, processing, healthcare, hospitality, and building industries, to name a few.  All ThermOmegaTech products are made in the United States of America.  More details are available at www.ThermOmegaTech.com.

CircuitSolver Licensed for Use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

ThermOmegaTech, Inc.CircuitSolver Licensed for Use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to announce that CircuitSolver has now been granted license for use in Massachusetts. We presented CircuitSolver to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and received approval December 5th, 2012.

With this acceptance, CircuitSolver is now approved to be included in domestic hot water systems across the state. Whether installing in new construction, or retrofitting into an existing system, CircuitSolver will ensure rapid delivery of hot water to each tap and can lead to a decrease in utility bills.

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Please visit the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) for more information, or click here for approval codes

Domestic Hot Water: Faster, Better & Cheaper

By Nick Tallos

“I turned on the water in the shower and waited for 10 minutes. Warm water finally started flowing, however it never lasted more than a minute and alternated mostly with cool to cold water.”

That’s the exact quote extracted from an online review of a guest who rated a hotel in Pennsylvania on Tripadvisor.com. The reviewer gave the hotel a rating of two out of a possible five. The site is full of similar comments from guests complaining about how long it took them to get hot water when they wanted to take a shower or wash their hands.

In the hospitality industry, when a guest turns on the hot water in their room, most wait patiently for the water to run a while to the proper temperature. Guests do not like to wait too long for their hot water according to the International Hospitality Association. In fact, they specifically address “the availability of hot water” as a factor for consideration in their quality standards and star rating systems that they set as the bar for multi-star ratings.

The cost to deliver hot water to insure customer satisfaction means the domestic hot water system must be balanced in a way that keeps the delivery time low. Until recently, that meant larger recirculating pumps, more recirculating flow, more wear and tear on your hot water system, and more cost.

Read more on Green Lodging News: www.greenlodgingnews.com/domestic-hot-water–faster-better–cheaper

ThermOmegaTech, Inc. Earns NSF/ANSI 61 Certification for its CircuitSolver™ Valve

Certification Believed to be First for a Self-Actuating Temperature Control Valve for Domestic Hot Water Systems

WARMINSTER, PA. – March 14, 2013 – ThermOmegaTech, Inc. the global leader in the design and manufacture of self-actuating temperature control valves, announced today that its new CircuitSolver™ valve for domestic hot water systems has received NSF/ANSI 61 and California Lead Plumbing Law (AB1953) certifications from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an independent laboratory.

The certification is believed to be the first of its kind for a self-actuating temperature control valve used for balancing domestic hot water systems.

“This certification further cements our belief that the CircuitSolver is an elite product that can solve long-standing issues related to hot water flow,” said ThermOmegaTech, Inc. President and CEO James Logue, Jr. “This valve can change the way engineers solve domestic hot water system and is a clear upgrade over manual balancing valves.”

Water flows to the path of least resistance, and many buildings require multiple branches off the hot water supply line. Since hot water use is dynamic, the path of least resistance is constantly changing and manual balancing valves cannot efficiently resolve these issues. CircuitSolver fixes this problem when installed on the end of each supply branch. Additionally, it eliminates the need for oversized recirculating pumps, minimizes heat-loss by reducing fluctuations in average temperature and flow rate and lowers flow in hot water return lines, minimizing erosion-corrosion problems caused by excessive velocity. The result is a dramatic reduction in water waste, energy savings and greatly improves comfort and satisfaction from all users of the domestic hot water system.

When entering water temperature is below CircuitSolver’s set point, the thermal actuator will begin to open the valve to establish a flow rate that will achieve set point. If the water temperature exceeds the set point, the valve will begin to throttle back to find the current equilibrium point. Continuously operating at the optimum temperature minimizes system heat-loss thereby saving energy. This constant, automatic response to water temperature enables each hot water branch to quickly and consistently deliver the right temperature of hot water to each connected fixture. The valve is constructed of all stainless steel.

CircuitSolver is now available for sale. More information is available at www.CircuitSolver.com.  Appointments with engineers from ThermOmegaTech, Inc. can be made through the Web site to determine if CircuitSolver is the right solution for any hot water distribution challenge.

 About ThermOmegaTech, Inc.

Founded in 1983, ThermOmegaTech, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of the most advanced, reliable, and compact self-actuated valves for temperature control.   The company holds over 25 patents for the design and manufacturing of valves for freeze control, scald protection, and tepid water mixing in the rail, manufacturing, processing, health care, hospitality, and building industries, to name a few.  All ThermOmegaTech products are made in the United States of America.  More details are available at www.ThermOmegaTech.com.

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Domestic Hot Water: A Better Option?

from Buildings MagazineDomestic Hot Water: A Better Option?

The facts are frightening – especially since the problem can be avoided.

Consider this: As many as one in 10 patients hospitalized in the U.S. contracts an infection, according to the Wall Street Journal. That means nearly 2 million patients annually are infected by bacterium or other agents.

The end result?

The cost is nearly 100,000 deaths and $6.5 billion in overall losses.

Hand washing is a long-standing means of fighting such infections. Doctors, nurses and other hospital employees, as well as patients and guests, constantly wash their hands typically using hot water to do so.

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EEB Hub Industry Partner Gallery Features ThermOmegaTech, Inc.

August 13, 2013

The Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub recently welcomed a new demonstration unit to its Industry Partner Gallery, as Warminster-based ThermOmegaTech, Inc. introduced its latest EEB-related product, CircuitSolverTM self-actuating thermostatic recirculation valves.

In replacing the display by FARO Technologies, which completed its demonstration run in July, ThermOmegaTech is the latest area business to occupy the Gallery with a product for the commercial building Advanced Energy Retrofit (AER) market.

ThermOmegaTech specializes in the design and manufacture of self-actualizing temperature control valves.  Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors, as well as architectural firms, rely on CircuitSolver valves and similar ThermOmegaTech products to dramatically reduce the expense and energy required to supply hot water throughout large residential, industrial, and other buildings.

“CircuitSolver valves deliver hot water instantly, eliminating the need to purchase and power oversized recirculating pumps,” says ThermOmegaTech’s Chris Ashworth.  “We offer significant electrical savings by virtue of our design—an application that required a five-horsepower pump before Circuit Solver may need less than one horsepower with CircuitSolver valves.  The smaller pump is far less expensive to buy, and the energy savings can be on the order of hundreds of watts per hour.”

The product also represents dramatic labor savings.  While traditional water systems might require a crew of workers to properly balance the temperature for a high-rise building, CircuitSolver valves automate the entire process.

“You used to have a series of manual balancing valves that required a lot of fine adjustment,” Ashworth adds.  “They would turn the system on, see how it worked, and radio to workers on other floors to gauge their temperature.  Unfortunately, once you get it set for the empty building, everything is going to change once you get people in it.  Unless you have someone there opening and closing valves around the clock, you won’t have an optimal system.  CircuitSolver valves optimize those water flow rates to maximize efficiency.”

When asked about the opportunity to exhibit in the Industry Partner Gallery, Ashworth says it’s a way to raise awareness for CircuitSolver valves as a supremely cost-effective upgrade option.

“I’m excited for those contemplating building retrofits to see there is a way to significantly reduce utility bills without having to spend a whole lot of money. A lot of green projects have high costs of entry, and you may not see a return for a number of years. With CircuitSolver valves, it’s as fast as 3-4 months.”

“ThermOmegaTech has developed a product that not only preserves a limited resource, but they did it in a way that exemplifies the kind of innovative thinking we foster here at DVIRC and through the EEB Hub,” says Barry Miller, DVIRC’s President & COO. “We’re proud to have been active with ThermOmegaTech through a host of Lean, continuous improvement, and marketing projects. CircuitSolver valves are proof that their spirit of creative problem solving is alive and well.”

The Industry Partner Gallery can be found on the third floor of the Hub’s temporary headquarters in Building 101 at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.  The program will accompany the EEB Hub when it moves to its new home, Building 661, in 2014, which will include a permanent display space to showcase building retrofit technologies such as CircuitSolver valves.

Rob Crossett, DVIRC’s Business Development Manager, coordinates the Regional Supplier Program for the Gallery. These suppliers’ displays rotate at 2-3 month intervals and can be seen together with those of the Hub Industry partners: Lutron Electronics, Inc., United Technologies Research Center, PPG Industries, and Bayer MaterialScience, which manages the Gallery display area.  The displays are open for viewing to all visitors and participants in EEB Hub activities.

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 About ThermOmegaTech

ThermOmegaTech, Inc. was established in 1983 to produce a proprietary freeze valve for the railroad industry. This valve is now the industry standard for North American railroads, and ThermOmegaTech has applied that same technology to develop valves and systems for the industrial market. These include valves for freeze protection, scald protection, steam traps, ambient sensing, and surface sensing, as well as many other applications.  ThermOmegaTech, Inc. is a privately held organization whose products are distributed and used worldwide.  CircuitSolver is a trademark of ThermOmegaTech, Inc.

About the EEB Hub

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established in by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on February 1, 2011 with a mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—from its headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities.

Federal funding for the EEB Hub’s first five years of operation comes primarily from the DOE, with additional contributions from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

About DVIRC

The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) is a private, non-profit economic development business consulting firm established in 1988 to serve the needs of the 4,500 small and mid-sized manufacturers in southeastern Philadelphia. The organization’s primary focus is to grow the value of our clients’ businesses through consulting services, training and education, and executive network groups. Our vision is to establish the region as an internationally recognized leader in manufacturing competitiveness.  We believe growing business value improves the standard of living and quality of life for those that live and/or work in the region. DVIRC is a founding partner of the EEB Hub and a member of the executive board.

DVIRC is one of seven affiliates of the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) Network in Pennsylvania. DVIRC is funded in part by the NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development.  The collective role of DVIRC and its sister organization New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is to connect Greater Philadelphia’s manufacturers to projects and opportunities being developed at the EEB Hub, and to grow business value and spur job creation.

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USBuilders Review: The Silver Bullet for Domestic Hot Water Efficiency

US Builders Review: The Silver Bullet for Domestic Hot Water Efficiency

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For years, manual balancing valves have been the industry standard in regulating the flow of recirculating domestic hot water systems. Particularly in large, populous commercial buildings, such as offices, hotels and multi-dwelling housing, maintaining perfect hot water distribution was very challenging until Pennsylvania-based manufacturer ThermOmegaTech, Inc. launched its self-operating temperature actuated CircuitSolver thermal recirculation valve (CircuitSolver) and set a new standard.

“Even people who are very knowledgeable with years of experience in the industry are impressed with what CircuitSolver can achieve,” shares Nick Tallos, vice president of engineering for ThermOmegaTech and 40-year industry veteran himself. “They ask, ‘where was this 20 years ago,’ and call Circuit Solver a game-changing technology.” However, ThermOmegaTech is no stranger to gamechanging products. Since the company was founded by the late Fred Pirkle in 1983, it has been solving temperature control problems all over the country and the world.

A Simple Dynamic Solution for Balancing Multi-Loop Domestic Hot Water Systems

A Simple Dynamic Solution for Balancing Multi-Loop Domestic Hot Water SystemsOne of the major headaches for engineers and contractors in today’s complicated construction projects is properly balancing a multi-loop domestic hot water system (DHWS). Getting these systems properly balanced initially and having them stay balanced over the life of the building has, until now, been nearly an impossible job.

Furthermore, with today’s emphasis on more efficient building design and better operation and management, many practices of the past are no longer adequate or acceptable. No process or system can be ignored when looking for improvements. Even the seemingly simple task of supplying domestic hot water to all areas of a building requires another look to ensure that the most current and efficient methods are being employed.

In this article, we are going to take a look at DHWS, how balancing a system works, and what some of the newest trends and technologies have to offer.

– See more at: http://plumbingengineer.com/content/simple-dynamic-solution-balancing-multi-loop-domestic-hot-water-systems

By Edward Saltzberg, P.E., CPD, FPE, FASPE & FNAFE

ThermOmegaTech Expands CircuitSolver Line

ThermOmegaTech is expanding its CircuitSolver line to include an enhanced CircuitSolver with an integrated union and optional built-in check valve as well as a complete assembly. As is the case with the original CircuitSolver, the CSU will also be NSF 61 certified.

ThermOmegaTech Expands CircuitSolver LineThe new products extend beyond ThermOmegaTech’s flagship thermostatic self-actuating balancing valve, the CircuitSolver, which continuously maintains the end of each domestic hot water supply line in a recirculation system at the specified water temperature. This simple in-line valve completely eliminates the need for time consuming and expensive manual balancing labor and equipment. It also minimizes flow through the system by only allowing small amounts of water to pass through once the set point is reached, which reduces system wear and allows for a smaller circulator that won’t consume as much power. The CSU and CSU Assembly include all the benefits of the Circuit Solver plus additional advantages not offered anywhere else.
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