XylemKnowsH2o

XylemKnowsH2o is the social media component of Xylem – Applied Water Systems. We are here to discuss the world’s water issues. With innovative systems in almost every area of water handling, control, treatment and distribution, Xylem is deeply involved in the cycle of water.

We are focused on producing highly efficient products and systems that use less energy and provide environmental benefits to users and the communities in which they operate. Come, join the conversation – Let’s Solve Water…

Five Hot Blog Topics

It’s been nearly a year since we started this blog.  Our intent from the start was to provide HVACR, Building Services, Plumbing, Water Professionals, Engineers and others a network to engage with industry thought-leaders, communicate with colleagues and become part of an online community. In that amount of time, we have been very pleased with

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The Sweetest Place on Earth

For anyone that has experienced the uniqueness of Hershey, Pennsylvania for fun or in my case a trade show, you know soon understand what made this town a sweet success.  Touted by the locals as, “The Sweetest Place On Earth!” Hershey, Pennsylvania was the site for this week’s NAOHSM’s 58th Annual Convention & Trade Show.

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It’s Always Time for Boiler Maintenance and Safety

Interestingly enough, as the weather warms in most places around the US, now is a great time to do a boiler inspection and maintenance program. As we know, the proper maintenance of a boiler can prevent dangerous boiler operating conditions from occurring. And, the only way one can be confident they are functioning properly is

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Variable Speed Pump Controller

Installing a variable speed pump controller is a must for any “green” potable or hydronic water pumping system, or indeed for anyone who wants to save money and make their system long-lived and more efficient. Systems that use out-moded controllers are energy hogs. Today, according to the US Department of Energy, pumping systems alone account

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Primary Secondary Pumping

You may have heard your home heating system referred to as a “primary-secondary system”, but what does this mean? Primary-secondary pumping is a hydronic (water-based) heating technique pioneered by Xylem RCW’s Bell & Gossett brand in the 1950s. At its simplest, it calls for two (or more) “loops” of heating water—a primary loop that exits

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Air Separators

A well-designed and properly functioning hot water (hydronic) heating system should be whisper quiet, so if you hear noise in your pipes, something’s amiss. A common cause of noisy pipes is “entrained air,” tiny bubbles racing around your system at high speed. There are many ways to describe the noise created by these bubbles: it

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Diagnosing Hydronic Heating System Noise

When a water-based (hydronic) heating system is installed and working correctly it should heat your home without you even knowing it’s there. Noise in a system is a sign that something is not right. However, properly diagnosing and solving a noise issue can be tricky—reasons for that banging, knocking, or whooshing range from the trivial

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Can Xylem RCW Help Me Go Green?

Of course! In fact, Xylem RCW was recognized as the number one General Industrials Company in Newsweek’s 2009 Green Ranking. “(Xylem)ITT produces many products that are highly beneficial to the environment,” said the magazine in its citation. In our business, we recognize the need for sustainable engineering. Making pumps is an important part of what

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Preparing A Hydronic Home Heating System for Winter & Long Vacations

For those who live in the northerly states, it’s becoming more common to do the “snow bird thing” and head south for the winter. If you live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upstate New York, or other snowy region, what’s the best way to prepare your water-based (hydronic) home heating system for freezing outside temperatures and an

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FAQs relating to winterizing and maintenance of heating systems

FAQs relating to winterizing and maintenance of heating systems Q: General comments on pro/con re draining a baseboard hot water system over the winter in a vacant house? 2 story with some plaster walls. A: The concern with draining the system is that the pipes house will get below freezing temperatures. The water in any

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