This hydronic heating install in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Mitcham was an interesting half retrofit and half new build project, done as two separate installs. The owners of the classic mid century home first undertook a renovation to the existing premises and as part of this contracted hydronic experts SL Heating to retrofit a hydronic radiator system consisting of 8 panel rads powered by a BAXI Duo-Tec GA 28kW condensing boiler. The system was fully commissioned and operational completing the retrofit component of the project.
A retro-fit installation to a Hi-End residential property in Melbourne’s prestigious Bayside area. A range of Compact Radiators were installed throughout this two storey house in all living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. Ranging in size from the smallest Compact Panel rad available for the guest powder room, to large Compact Panels for living areas to suit heat output requirements. In the main living room area, Alto Vertical Rads were used to create a stunning visual impact. The system was powered by a BAXI Duo-Tec GA 28KW boiler.
To compliment the radiators and to add a touch of luxury Oceanus powder coated white Towel Warmers were installed in each of the main bathrooms.
The installation was undertaken by Hydronic Heating specialists SL Heat, call 0414581351.
The new AR / AVR Plus series of Expansion Tanks from AquaSystem are now available ex stock with a higher operating pressure and other premium features over the standard VR / VRV series.
The premium AR / AVR-PLUS Expansion Tanks are rated to 10 Bar and feature a replaceable membrane, making them ideally suited to commercial use and larger systems. The AR / AVR range also carry premium features such as a Stainless Steel Flange, stronger Butile Rubber Membranes, and an extended 5yr Warranty. They are available in sizes from 8 litres to 500 litres.
Hydroheat Supplies have also developed a fill kit for the AR / AVR range of tanks which incorporates an automatic fill valve isolating valve, pressure relief valve and automatic air vent, all pre-assembled on a brass air separator.
We recently celebrated 25 yrs of service and a 50th birthday for two of HydroHeat’s key team members. Our Warehouse manager Ken Lund celebrated 25yrs of service and our Sales Manager & Technical Liaison Ivan Karula celebrated a 50th b’day. We congratulate both on their respective achievements and a huge thank you to both for all they have brought to HydroHeat over the years. We think Ivan had more hair and Ken less grey when they started!
The warehouse is the engine room of the HydroHeat operation without which all things grind to a halt and it is maintained and kept on course under Ken’s helmsmanship. This is no small achievement given the hectic warehouse will often process pack and deliver many pallets of orders in a single day.
Our Technical Liaison and Sales Manager Ivan has helped out many a customer over the years with his unsurpassed technical knowledge and helpful advice which has made the difference on many an installation (Ivan has also been with HydroHeat for 23 years!) A great evening was had by HydroHeat staff at Doyle’s in Mordialloc to celebrate and again we thank Ken and Ivan for the commitment, knowledge and passion they have brought to HydroHeat.
The Giacomini R146C Magnetic Dirt Separator is a cyclonic magnetic dirt separator used to isolate and eliminate impurities in Hydronic Systems.
The R146C features a special swivelling fitting, a patented 3 way system allowing adjustable installation to horizontal, vertical or angled pipes. The dirt separator mechanism is simple and effective with metallic debris attracted by the magnet whilst other impurities sink to the bottom of the body thanks to the cyclonic effect. The unit is only 14.1cm in height making it ideal for installation into tight spaces, and is easily cleaned in a few simple steps with only an Allen key required.
The R146C features solid brass construction and outlet fittings to ensure durability, and combined with the ease of fitting and excellent value makes it a logical choice. Now available ex stock contact HydroHeat to order. View the excellent demo video by Giacomini which shows how the R146C works and how the adjustable fitting system swivels…
Casselden is a modern A-Grade office tower with 39 Levels located in the Parliamentary Precinct in Melbourne. A $50M refurbishment was undertaken with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency and upgrading the buildings heating system was a key aspect of this.
The NeutraWater condensate filter is now available for residential boiler installations up to 35kW. Exclusive to HydroHeat, the filters are a cheap and effective way to treat boiler condensate and make boiler installations compliant with environmental regulations and guidelines.
They are an in-line filter which is easy to install and compatible with BAXI Duo-tec GA and BAXI Duo-tec MP (35kW only). Untreated boiler condensate is abrasive and potentially can cause damage and corrosion to pipes due to the acidic (pH4) level of the condensate. The NeutraWater filter neutralises the condensate and returns it to an alkaline level safe for disposal. Installation is quick and easy and the units are low cost making them a cheap and effective solution.
Neutralisation of condensate preserves the integrity of pipes and allows for environmentally safe disposal to stormwater drain. Comes with 3/4” hose fittings and mounting clamps. Condens-Stick replaceable cartridges are available to refill and come in 6 packs (simply slide out old and reinsert new). Speak to your HydroHeat sales rep for further information.
HydroHeat recently attended the ARBS 2018 Expo in Sydney. The ARBS (Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services) Expo is the biggest HVAC industry show in the Southern Hemisphere, and HydroHeat have been a part of it for over 15 years. This years Expo took place at Darling Harbour in the centre of Sydney’s entertainment district with over 350 exhibitors present.
Running from Tuesday 8th May to Thursday 10th May, the three days saw a huge amount of visitors and much interest at the HydroHeat stand, with Industry professionals attending from all over Australia. The HydroHeat ARBS stand featured an overview of our product ranges including BAXI boilers and we were busy fielding enquiries for the whole show. The exhibition focuses on the commercial sector and the efficiency of commercial building heating installations. With more technologies coming on line such as heat pumps, it was interesting to see that Hydronic heating still comes out on top as the most efficient form of heating.
The world reknown MCE Conference was recently held in Milan, Italy. The event focusses on heating, cooling and water based energy efficient systems. It is a unique marketplace and global event where companies in the HVAC-R and energy efficiency sectors gather and showcase the latest technologies, solutions and systems for buildings in commercial and residential sectors.
HydroHeat were on hand to keep abreast with the latest developments in hydronic heating and catch up with our partners including BAXI and Emmeti who were both present. It was a great opportunity to spend time with many of our partners and discuss the needs of the Australian market and compare to global trends in hydronic heating.
If you are a hydronic heating contractor and have a quality residential heating install you’d like to show off… then show us, and let your customers know who you are! Homeowners are constantly asking us for examples of HydroHeat products used in hydronic heating installs to inspire them and provide ideas for their own installations.
Showing the advantages of quality installs using skilled and trained contractors makes a difference in consumer choices. Whilst hydronic heating is beautiful in its simplicity, installations must be expertly carried out to ensure smooth operation and minimise ongoing maintenance requirements. A professional installation optimises energy efficiency and reduces fuel bills.
So, we’d like to feature quality Contractors doing HydroHeat system installs to show our end users what can be achieved. If you’ve installed a HydroHeat system featuring BAXI boilers, Henrad radiators and Emmeti & Giacomini components send us your photos and an outline of the project. Cool radiator installs, tidy boiler installs, or maybe a really nice floor heating system. Contractor installs featured and published on our website will be linked directly to your own business website and/or your own email contact.
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The Ford Swim Centre is a new build indoor swim school. It was a dual system installation involving both heating for the pool as well as underfloor heating for the pool deck area. The results provided immediate benefits and energy savings for the client. The system is powered by three x BAXI Duo-Tec MP 90kW boilers and the project was installed and commissioned by JO Miller.
This high-end custom install to a regional country home shows what is possible when you let your imagination run wild with the limitless variations of custom colour powder coating. The install shows the impact that colour powder coated radiators can make in a living space.
HydroHeat went a bit rock star recently with an install featured on Channel 9’s The Block reality TV show. Contestants Jason and Sarah chose to install Henrad radiators throughout the house as well as an Oceanus towel warmer in the bathroom. The system was powered by a BAXI Luna3 24 kW traditional type boiler.
The Warragul Aquatic centre is a brand new purpose built swimming pool complex in the Victorian regional town of Warragul. The project involved an extensive install powered by eight x BAXI Power HT 150kW boilers. The project was installed and commissioned by JO Miller.
In screed hydronic floor heating is a super efficient form of floor heating. It is ideal for luxury new home builds and can also be retro fitted to existing homes. In screed floor heating is installed directly into a thin 60-80mm layer of concrete (screed) which is poured on top of the existing slab. As only the top ‘screed’ layer is heated this enables more rapid heat transfer from the floor coils and the heat is emitted into the room quicker. The insulated floor panels prevent the downward loss of heat back into the slab. This makes in screed floor heating an extremely effective form of floor heating as the whole slab does not have to be heated. This enables quicker transitional temperature change which is ideal for the Australian climate.
The Queen Vic Womens Centre undertook a retro fit upgrade from the existing older Boilers installed on the roof of the historic 170 yr old building. The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is an iconic Melbourne landmark that testifies to the enduring contribution of women’s enterprise to Victoria’s social, economic and cultural heritage. Two x BAXI PowerHT 150kW outdoor models were used for the install with an outdoor sensor being fitted.
In Slab hydronic floor heating is a popular and common method used to effectively heat a home with hydronic heating. As the system is installed directly to the base slab during initial construction it is an efficient and economical form of floor heating installation that is ideal for new build constructions.
New install to brand new secondary school fitness facility in regional Ballarat. Clarendon College is a leading school in the Ballarat area and caters for students from early learning to year 12. The architect designed fitness centre included a 25 meter pool and a purpose built indoor rowing centre. Four x BAXI Duo-tec MP boilers were installed in cascade to provide heating requirements.
BAXI Power HT boilers were recently installed at a Dandenong Aquatic Centre to provide heating requirements for the commercial pool complex. The condensing technology adapts well to the heating requirements of a commercial swimming pool, maximising efficiency with the water temperature running at a low temperature.
We value and support industry initiatives in the hydronic heating sector to both promote energy efficiency to the public and ensure consumer confidence that our products are fully tested and approved for use in the Australian market.
HydroHeat are committed to consumer safety and well being in providing the best possible heating products and systems. HydroHeat are also active members of peak industry bodies such as the EEC and PICAC. The Australian Gas Association (AGA) is the core Australian certification body governing all Australian gas appliances and all boilers for sale in Australia should comply with AGA certification.
All BAXI boilers sold by HydroHeat carry AGA Aust Standards certification and the relevant Watermark certification and we encourage any installer to check and ensure the products they purchase or install are covered by local regulatory requirements and mandatory certifications.