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Taco Tuesdays with Taco Comfort Solutions

Taco Comfort Solutions is excited to announce Taco Tuesdays, a bi-weekly one-hour training webinar that keeps you up to date on the latest HVAC systems, tools, and technologies. They have created a series of fun, fact-filled presentations to take place every other Tuesday, featuring special guests from across the HVAC industry. Tune in to learn about a variety of topics focusing on both residential and commercial HVAC systems.

Each webinar qualifies you for one PDH credit. You must attend the live webinar session- not the recorded session, in order to receive your PDH certificate.

January 12: Commercial Focus
Heating Plant Concept Design
Presented by Rich Medairos, P.E. and Brett Zerba
Topics include:

  • Where should the hydronic heating plant be located in a building
  • What is the proper number of boilers
  • Should an expansion tank be used
  • How does primary / secondary pumping work
  • Where should the air separator be located
  • How many pumps do you need
  • Basic system layout review

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST


January 26: Residential Focus
Do 3-Speed Circulators Still Have a Place?
Presented by John Barba

With the advent of variable speed circulators, it’s been fashionable to dismiss 3-speed circulators as yesterday’s news. However, the 3-speed remains the workhorse of the industry.

In this program, you’ll learn the true benefits of 3-speed circulators and how to use them to your advantage. We will also dispel several myths about 3-speeds so that you’ll be able to apply them properly and make sure you select the right speed for each application.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST

February 9: Commercial Focus
Design a Chilled Beam Hydronic Distribution System
Presented by Rich Medairos, P.E. and Brett Zerba

Topics include:

  • Use HSS Software
  • LoFlo Concept
  • Single Pipe Distribution
  • Simple Control Strategy
  • Simple Balancing

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST

February 23: Residential Focus
ECM Essentials
Presented by Rick Mayo

Knowing which mode to use when commissioning an ECM is very important. We all understand that we should “do the math”, but at midnight in the middle of winter we just want to get the “heat back on”! It would be nice to have that circulator set up in the correct mode.

In this program, you’ll learn about the different operating modes of ECM circulators, and how to select the mode that works best for the many different applications you’re likely to see.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST

March 9: Commercial Focus
Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger Selection
Presented by Rich Medairos, P.E. and Brett Zerba

Topics include:

  • What is a Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger (P&F HX)
  • What are all these temperatures about
  • What are the most common uses of P&F HX’s
  • What does the manufacture need to know to size a P&F HX
  • Basic system layout for a P&F HX

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST

March 23: Residential Focus
Hydronic Heating Options – The heat loss is done, now what?
Presented by Dave Holdorf

Now that the heat loss was performed, how are you going to heat that space? Have you decided to use baseboard, radiant floor heating, fan coils, panel radiators or a combination? And how would you pipe it up and control it?

In this one-hour fast paced session we will explore these options, share piping and control strategies and discuss proper circulator selection for maximum performance and comfort.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM EST

For more information on Taco’s training webinars, visit tacocomfort.com.

Taco Tuesday Webinar: Making Domestic Hot Water Recirculation Easy and Effective

Tuesday March 10th, join us for a 1-hour webinar focusing on DHW recirculation!

Taco’s Hot-LinkPlus-e instant hot water system combines the easy-to-install Hot-Link® Valve with the 006e3™ hot water circulation pump and the award winning SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control®! The Hot-LinkPlus-e provides hot water on demand while maximizing energy savings. Using existing plumbing with a tank water heater, no dedicated hot water return line is needed.

It’s easy to make Domestic Hot Water Recirculation, but making it effective, efficient and economic? That’s not so easy. 

Fortunately, today’s technology puts tools in your hands to help you deliver hot water to your customers faster, easier and more economically than ever before. This Month’s Taco Tuesday webinar shows you how to size your residential DHW circulator properly and then how to control it so your customers get their hot water fast with minimal overall cost. 

In this fast-paced, fact-filled hour, you’ll learn the benefits of DHW recirculation, the best ways to control both new installations and retrofits, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls plumbers encounter with recirculation systems.

How to Join the Webinar

March 10, 12pm-1pm:  Residential Focus

Making DHW Recirculation Easy and Effective
Presented by John Barba

Register Here

Utica Boilers & Taco Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd, Yates and RE Michel put together a Utica Boilers & Taco night at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe, MD.

The event showcased Utica’s new floor mount condensing boiler the MAC and MAH floor mount. We also demonstrated Taco’s new plumbing a heating products. The new 0018e, the new HLPE hot water recirculating system, the 006e, and the new boiler trim kits.

The event was quite a success, as RE Michel had 20+ contractors in attendance.

RE Michel, Taco, ECR and Yates Maximize a Training Opportunity

On September 17th, 18th and 19th James Strickland arranged an RE Michel sponsored full day of hydronics training at the Landover, MD , Alexandria, VA and Chantilly, VA locations.

There were over 50 techs (actually 53) that attended a session called “Building A Residential Hydronic System” presented by Leroy Squires of N.H.Yates, based around Taco products and an afternoon session on Utica Condensing Boilers presented by Ron Anastasi of ECR International. A pizza lunch was enjoyed by all that attended.

Taco OE Pump Solutions Featuring ECM Tech Are at N.H. Yates!

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Taco OE Pump Solutions Featuring ECM Technology

As a longtime representative of Taco Comfort Solutions’ products, N.H. Yates is excited to represent their new line of Taco Oe Pump Solutions featuring ECM Technology. The Taco Oe, for Optimized Efficiency, line of commercial pumps is currently setting a new standard for performance, efficiency, and lifecycle cost. They accomplish this by adding a permanent-magnet ECM motor and VFD pump to Taco’s commercial line, which increases efficiency and service life while exceeding the strict upcoming DOE regulations.

What Does This Mean for Taco Oe Pump Users?

With Taco’s exclusive line of residential ECM circulators, the company now offers the broadest range of high efficiency, ECM powered pumps and circulators. All pumps with the Taco Oe package can reduce the total cost of ownership by utilizing advanced motor technologies to decrease energy consumption.  In addition, the pairing of an ECM motor with a VFD pump means users can expect longer service life, more uptime, and higher reliability than inferior pumps. This increase in performance also allows the Taco Oe Pump system to operate quieter, smoother, and cooler than equivalent induction motors while decreasing the need for maintenance.

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Features of the Taco Oe Pump System

The Taco Oe Pump Package is available on the SCI, SFI, SKS, & SKV models between 3HP and 30HP. As mentioned earlier, all Taco Oe Pumps will meet or exceed Department of Energy regulations. In addition, the Oe Package is available with Taco’s factory-programmed SelfSensing technology and ProBalance drives. Therefore, there is no need to calibrate or balance the Oe System during the commissioning and start-up process. For questions about specific features of the Oe Pump Systems contact an N.H. Yates representative.

For more information on how the Taco Oe Pump can improve the efficiency of your system contact the water professionals at N.H. Yates today!

Taco LoadMatch System

Taco LoadMatch

Get the Taco LoadMatch System from N.H. Yates

The Taco LoadMatch is a hydronic system that is more energy efficient and produces less waste than traditional air-cooled HVAC systems. The LoadMatch is a more energy efficient system because it uses water, which has a higher specific gravity than air. This means the hydronic LoadMatch system only requires about half the energy of a comparable air-cooled system to move the same amount of BTUs around a building. The Taco LoadMatch System also uses a much simpler design than most air systems. Rather than a complicated system of pipe fittings, insulation, control valves, and balancing valves, Taco’s LoadMatch System utilizes a single pipe design to cool even very large, industrial buildings.

The Taco LoadMatch Concept

Taco LoadMatch

The LoadMatch hydronic system is a combination of two old concepts merged with a new technology. The two old concepts are single pipe distribution and primary-secondary pumping. A primary distribution system is a single loop, while the secondary distribution system is a decoupled secondary piping loop for each terminal unit in the system. The new technology comes in the form of Taco’s maintenance-free wet rotor circulators which provide a specified flow to each terminal unit in the system loop at all times.

Key Component of the LoadMatch System

The Taco LoadMatch  has several unique components that make up this efficient hydronic system:

Taco LoadMatch Circulators

Taco LoadMatch

The LoadMatch Series Circulators were designed for quiet and efficient operation. This unit’s patented design is easily serviceable without removing the entire unit from the piping system. In fact, all LoadMatch Circulators use a unique “00” replaceable cartridge which contains all of the moving parts so you can easily repair the unit without losing functionality.

Taco LoadMatch Thermostats


Taco LoadMatch Thermostats give users exceptional control of the heat pump of fan coil of your LoadMatch system. The all-in-one control can be preprogrammed to suit individual LoadMatch applications with little, or, no additional configuration necessary. In addition, there are LoadMatch Thermostats compatible with BACnet, Echelon-Lontalk while non-communicating versions can be used with virtually any system.

Taco LoadMatch Twin-Tee Fittings

Taco LoadMatch

Taco’s patented LoadMatch Twin-Tee fitting assures the comfort and performance of its single pipe hydronic system and primary secondary two-pipe hydronic system. The Twin-Tee was designed to replace the two primary circuit tees used to connect a secondary piping circuit to a primary piping circuit in a hydronic system. In addition, the Twin-Tee ensures that the secondary piping circuit is decoupled, so the flow of the secondary circuit, when the secondary pump is off and the primary pump is on, is zero. It also ensures the flow in other circuits is not affected by the operation of the secondary circuit pump.

At N.H. Yates, we know water. If you are a contractor or engineer interested in more information on the Taco LoadMatch System contact a water professional at Yates today!




Taco ECM High Efficiency Circulator

The Taco ECM High-Efficiency Circulator from N.H. Yates

The people at Taco Comfort Solutions are known for manufacturing innovative, energy efficient pumps and regulators and the Taco ECM High-Efficiency Circulator is a great example. Taco circulator model number 0015e3 is a variable speed, high-efficiency wet rotator circulator with an ECM permanent magnet motor. The Taco ECM High-Efficiency features three settings to deliver the performance, reliability and easy installation that made Taco famous. This allows the Taco 0015e3 to outperform all other 3-speed hydronic circulators in its class. In fact, Taco’s motto for this circulator is “Install it, and forget it.”

Taco ECM High-Efficiency Circulator Specs

Taco designed this circulator with three settings: Low for up to 5 feet head, Medium, for up to 10 feet head, and High, for up to 18 feet head for a GPM max flow of 16. The three-speed high-efficiency motor uses up to 85% less electricity than comparable machines. The Taco 0015e3 features dual electrical knockouts with a 6″ stranded wire leads for easy wiring. The operational 2-way flange reduces SKU’s and provides universal fit-up to any flange position. Taco’s patented BIO Barrier protect the pump from any outside contaminants and debris. This unit is double insulated with no ground required and operates extremely quietly.


The Taco 0015e3 is ideal for use in hydronic heating zones to reduce the noise or banging of zone valves opening and closing against high head pressure circulators. When set to the medium setting this unit is ideal for most residential baseboard systems zoned with circulators or zone valves. However, simply adjust the dial to change the operating curve to meet system requirements. This unit is not suitable for potable water or chilled water systems.

At N.H. Yates, we know water. If you are a contractor or engineer looking for more information on the Taco ECM High-Efficiency Circulator contact a water professional at Yates today.


Taco LOFlo System Sets a New Standard

taco LOFlo System

Taco LOFlo System from N.H. Yates

Designers and engineers are constantly looking for new ways to make heating and cooling systems more efficient and environmentally friendly. The people at Taco created their LOFlo System with the intention of setting a new standard in design and performance for a Green Energy hydronic regulator, and, they’ve done just that. The award-winning Taco LOFlo System is a hydronic heating and cooling regulator that significantly reduces the flow of water in hydronic heating and cooling systems. Typically used in radiant panel (ceiling, wall, or floor) and chilled beam (passive and active) applications, the Taco LOFlo System significantly reduces pump flows and pipe sizes which equates to reduced energy consumption and lower installation costs. In addition, the LOFlo System also allows for precise control of supply water to the terminal, and precise control of room temperatures.

How Does the Taco LOFlo System Work?

taco LOFlo System

The LOFlo System is a simple, factory-ready package that allows users to control each individual zone at the lowest possible flow rate by maintaining the highest possible water supply temperature when cooling and lowest temperatures when heating. The LOFlo unit consists of a single cast header which functions as a hydraulic separator with two small circulators attached. One of the circulators is for the primary system flow and the other injection circulator that adjusts to precisely match the required load on a given zone. After installation, in a modern radiant system or chilled beam system, only two pipes are needed to control and maximize the flow rate. Flow rates are able to be reduced without the use of control valves, balancing valves, or piping loses to overcome. Instead, one small, reliable circulator takes the place of all these components. The Taco LOFlo System automatically provides only the flow temperature of water needed to satisfy the zone load at any given time.

At N.H. Yates, we know water. If you are a designer or engineer looking for more information on the Taco LOFlo System contact a water professional at N.H. Yates today!


Taco HotLinkPlus-e Instant Hot Water System

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Taco HotLinkPlus-e Instant Hot Water System

The innovative Taco HotLinkPlus-e reduces the time it takes hot water comfort to reach your showers and faucets. The HotLinkPlus features a smart water circulator that learns the household hot water usage patterns and makes hot water available at the same time the following week. In addition, if usage patterns change the HotLinkPlus-e system will adjust accordingly. Therefore, if properly installed, the system should never need reprogramming.

How Does The Taco HotLinkPlus-e Work?

The Hot-LinkPlus has three operational modes to fit the needs of any household. First smart mode, monitors, and records the home’s hot water usage pattern. Second, an optional pulse mode sets the circulator to pulses periodically to maintain hot water at all fixtures. Third, in vacation mode, the unit is automatically deactivated when Hot-LinkPlus detects no water use for 36 hours. The circulator turns off and activates for ten seconds every seven days to prevent corrosion and scale buildup. The Hot-LinkPlus bypass valve’s unique thermal disk technology sends cooled water back to the water heater so hot water lines remain hot.

How Much Will The Taco HotLinkPlus-e Save Homeowners?

The HotLinkPlus-e system has the potential to save your customers thousands of gallons of water each year. In fact, it’s estimated the average family wastes up to 12,000 gallons of water per year. That’s energy and resources down the drain! Want to be a hero with your customers? Install a HotLinkPlus-e system in their home!

Installing The Taco HotLinkPlus-e

The Taco HotLinkPlus-e is ideal for new construction projects as well as retrofits in systems without a dedicated hot water return line. In this video, installers can learn everything that they need to know in order to install, calibrate, and test the HotLinkPlus system.

For more information on the Taco HotLinkPlus-e, or any other fine Taco Comfort Solutions products, contact the water professionals at N.H. Yates today.