The top two winners of Taco’s “Do Your Best Work” contest, chosen by their peers, are Robert C. O'Brien, president of Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based Technical Heating, and Tim Reinhardt with Burnsville, Minn.-based Genz-Ryan Co.
The top two winners of Taco’s “Do
Your Best Work” contest, chosen by their peers, areRobert C.
O'Brien, president of Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based Technical Heating,
andTim Reinhardtwith Burnsville, Minn.-based
garnered 107 submissions and 2,000 FloPro members evaluated the entries and
cast their votes.
- an oil-fired system installed in a new home - was built by a team of 12
a wounded veteran by the Long Island chapter of Oil Heat Cares, with
components donated by Taco, Wales Darby and several other companies. The
systems included an oil-fired boiler and indirect water heater. The oil tank also
was donated and the oil was delivered free of charge.
The system that
O’Brien helped with - to keep things simple - was a one-zone hydro-air
installation with priority to an indirect tank for domestic water. The installation
included a Taco air separator, two 007 circulators with IFC,
isolation flanges, and a Taco 329 pressure reducer.
1,500-sq.-ft. “raised ranch” home was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, the day the
soldier and his family moved in.
winning entry is a parallel primary/secondary system installed after a storage
tank to serve both radiant floor heating and pool heating. The primary heat
source is a geothermal water-to-water heat pump. For fossil-fuel backup, a 97%
AFUE natural gas mod-con boiler was installed.
“I often find
that the bigger the system, the smaller the space we get for mechanical systems,”
said Reinhardt. “It just doesn’t add up. So with that comes the need for smart
use of hydronic components, all sized to do a big job, yet with little space
required to get it done.”
explained that the project included four Taco VDT circulators and several zone
valves, 10 “00” series circulators, and three 2400 series pumps.
was chosen early-on as the primary heat source for the 13 radiant in-floor
heating zones throughout the home,” said Reinhardt. “We also installed three
zones of snow and ice melt and summer-time pool heating.”
Taco’s “Do Your
Best Work” contest will return next year.