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Taco Comfort Solutions donated $25,000 to Tunnel to Towers Foundation during an event held on June 15 at Wales Darby’s Islandia, N.Y. facility. Taco teamed up with their New York manufacturer’s rep, Wales Darby, to run a contractor promotion in the Long Island area supporting Tunnel to Towers. Taco donated proceeds from Taco heating circulators Read more

Taco Comfort Solutions donated $25,000 to Tunnel to Towers Foundation during an event held on June 15 at Wales Darby’s Islandia, N.Y. facility.

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From left to right, Tunnel to Towers Foundation representative Andrew McClure receives a check for $25,000 from Taco Comfort Solutions’ Benjamin White, Manager, Supply Chain, and John White, III, Sr. Vice President, OEM Sales.

Taco teamed up with their New York manufacturer’s rep, Wales Darby, to run a contractor promotion in the Long Island area supporting Tunnel to Towers. Taco donated proceeds from Taco heating circulators sold during a four-month period to Tunnel to Towers.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation supports families of fallen and severely injured military and first responders by providing mortgage-free homes.

It doesn’t seem so long ago we were fending off the “green” movement that was being force-fed into the vocab of working contractors. From green building to green technology, greenwashing was so prevalent that really the only “green” contractors were concerned with was the one they were chasing every day—a profit. But alas, a new Read more

It doesn’t seem so long ago we were fending off the “green” movement that was being force-fed into the vocab of working contractors. From green building to green technology, greenwashing was so prevalent that really the only “green” contractors were concerned with was the one they were chasing every day—a profit.

But alas, a new word has dominated the marketing lexicon—“smart.” Smart cars, smart phones, smart homes and yes, even smart pumps. “The problem is they’re not that smart,” says John Barba, contractor training manager, Taco Comfort Systems. “I’ve heard people who you’d think would know better say idiotic stuff like ‘these pumps do the thinking for you,’ and ‘they take the thinking out of it,’” says Barba.

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How about giving credit to the users who actually interact with such devices? “The thing that separates the professional from the DIY’er or the handyman is his or her ability to think and their understanding of systems. That’s why people hire professionals, and that’s why our profession is so valuable. When it comes to systems and components, the professional is the smart one,” says Barba

“The professional knows what he’s holding in his hands, why he’s using it and what impact it’s going to have on the overall system performance. There’s not a pump made that can replace what the pro knows. The machines haven’t taken over yet,” continues Barba.

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If the integration or connectivity of disparate components to a holistic, communicative system is considered smart, then I’m buying in. Why not just say that in the first place? Because it’s not market-y, and it’s too long for a tagline. Okay, then the evolution of homebuilding can be categorized as being smart or intelligent because the integration of, say, lighting, security, home entertainment, etc., can be accessed from the convenience of your smart phone (more on that later). But I’d say that is more a matter or convenience than smarts.

In fact, as part of these communicative devices, perhaps on a broader, commercial stage, we are witnessing new phrases popping up such as the Internet of Things (IoT). According to Sokwoo Rhee, former associate director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2014 to 2021, IoT can be described as the advancements in sensors and communication technologies that enable us to collect data which was not previously practical; the explosive increase of the amount of collected data enabled us to perform analytics which was not previously practical or meaningful; and the advancements in data analytics that will enable us to better control and optimize the systems to benefit our daily life. Again, I can buy into that.

Remember when cell phones were labeled smart phones? I think they still are. It’s 2007 and my fancy handheld device can make calls and perform functions as a computer. Well guess what? Today, they are just considered phones. And, if they don’t perform almost any function you can think of, well, then perhaps they are just dumb.

And, oh yeah, what makes a smart car? Good gas mileage? Actually, the term Smart Car came from a venture between watchmaker Swatch and Mercedes-Benz, with Smart standing for Swatch Mercedes Art, a branding stroke of genius. Its small stature was designed for city driving with big gas savings and easy maneuverability, with not-so-good safety ratings, I’d imagine. Debuting in the U.S. in 2008, last I read, it was discontinued in 2019.

And back to those smart, magical pumps? “The only word I hate more than ‘smart’ is ‘magic,’” says Barba. “Anyone who says something like that really doesn’t know how ECM circulators really work, or how they interact with systems. No matter how ‘smart’ people claim these things are, you can’t get away from the fundamentals of circulators. These things have performance—or ‘control’ curves—and the system still has a system curve,” says Barba.

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According to Barba, there’s no such thing as magic, and the only circulator that can even come remotely close to sizing itself is the Taco VT2218—it’s a Delta-T circulator and varies its speed to maintain a fixed delta-T in the system.

“And I don’t care how many lights and buttons you put on the circulator, you can’t change the fact that when you have a fixed performance curve—as every Delta-P variable speed circulator has—the system has to work where the system curve intersects the control curve. If it’s a zone valve system, speed and flow will change as zone valves open and close, but it still works on the selected control curve. If it’s a zone pump system, a Delta-P circulator won’t vary its speed because there’s nothing in a zone that would create a change in pressure differential. It goes one speed and that’s it. That’s not what I’d call smart.

“Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a Delta-P pump as a zone pump. You should—it’ll do some pretty cool things for you provided it’s set up properly. And for that, you need a smart installer who understands what these circulators do, what they don’t do and how they interact with the system,” says Barba.

“Just because a circulator is variable speed, that doesn’t make it magic. This isn’t Hogwarts and you’re not Harry-freaking-Potter.”

What’s my point in all of this? Dig deeper, educate yourself, rely on your experience and knowledge, and don’t rely on marketing taglines such as Smart or Green to sell you completely on something.

Taco’s new VR Series high-efficiency ECM cast iron or stainless steel circulators offer a wide range of low, medium or high head options in sizes from 1/3 – to 2-HP. Easy, intuitive settings and operation will appeal to installers for a broad range of uses, including HVAC, hot water recirculation and NSF commercial hot applications Read more

Taco’s new VR Series high-efficiency ECM cast iron or stainless steel circulators offer a wide range of low, medium or high head options in sizes from 1/3 – to 2-HP. Easy, intuitive settings and operation will appeal to installers for a broad range of uses, including HVAC, hot water recirculation and NSF commercial hot applications.

Taco 00e VR Series high-efficiency ECM Circulator, Taco Comfort Solutions, Pumps, plumbing, hydronics, HVAC00e VR circulators provide an easy-to-program pump interface with real-time feedback. Modbus, BACnet, 0-10Vdc + pulse width modulation (PWM) are standard. The circulators provide 62 feet max head and up to 320 GPM flow. They are NSF/ANSI 61 + 372 commercial hot certified.

The circulators are also equipped with ASHRAE’s 2019 Software Innovation Award-winning Taco Tags, providing vital product/application information instantly to phones or other mobile devices.  Even the molded insulation shell is included.

For more information, visit www.TacoComfort.com

Grundfos, a global leader in water technology, and its primary owner the Grundfos Foundation announced a $65,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Central California – Central Valley Chapter in response to the recent wildfires that continue to have a devastating impact on communities in Central California. “Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by Read more

Grundfos, a global leader in water technology, and its primary owner the Grundfos Foundation announced a $65,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Central California – Central Valley Chapter in response to the recent wildfires that continue to have a devastating impact on communities in Central California.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by these wildfires, some of whom must now start over,” said Antonio Rodrigues, Grundfos plant director. “This hits close to home, because it is our home. We want to help the community—our neighbors, friends and partners—who are affected by this disaster.”

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Grundfos employs more than 290 employees at its manufacturing plant in Fresno, California. At the facility, the company manufactures pumps that serve customers in groundwater and irrigation, domestic heating and hot water recirculation, commercial buildings HVAC and plumbing, and industrial applications. To support production, the Fresno office houses engineering, supply chain, finance, service and IT.

The company was introduced to the American market in 1973 after its founder Poul Due Jensen had discovered a growing market for pumps in California, especially where they are essential for farms and vineyards.

On October 19, the Board of Directors of the Grundfos Foundation awarded 315,775 DKK ($50,000 USD) to the American Red Cross of Central California – Central Valley Chapter. Grundfos Americas has also awarded a $15,000 USD donation to the chapter.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims of the wildfires. It is however heartwarming to see our colleagues in the U.S. exercising this level of compassion towards their fellow citizens. That is why we are also proud to support the Red Cross,” said Kim Nøhr Skibsted, executive director of the Grundfos Foundation.

As part of the local rebuilding efforts, Grundfos is creating a program that will provide a significant discount for a selection of its pump products to those that have lost water service due to the wildfires.

“Grundfos is committed to supporting the relief efforts for those who are being displaced or have lost homes, as well as those who are trying to save people, homes and property,” said Dieter Sauer, Grundfos Americas regional managing director. “We hope our donations encourage others to join in assisting those who have been affected.”

Taco Comfort Solutions’ VT Series vertical turbine pumps provide the ultimate in reliability and ease of installation. With six-inch to 18-inch bowl diameters, the VT Series provides quiet, dependable performance for cooling tower, chilled water, water transfer, pressure boosting and water supply applications. The Taco VT Series vertical turbine pumps offer upgraded materials of construction as Read more

Taco Comfort Solutions’ VT Series vertical turbine pumps provide the ultimate in reliability and ease of installation. With six-inch to 18-inch bowl diameters, the VT Series provides quiet, dependable performance for cooling tower, chilled water, water transfer, pressure boosting and water supply applications.

The Taco VT Series vertical turbine pumps offer upgraded materials of construction as standard features. All impellers are investment cast stainless steel to provide longer life and better abrasive and corrosive resistance. All bowls and discharge heads are ductile iron for higher hanging weight and better tensile strength.

For more information, visit www.TacoComfort.com