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Radiant Heating Company Uses SharkBite for Faster and Reliable Installations

Plus, the company uses solutions from SharkBite’s sister brands to support and enhance the installation.

Radiant heating company, Schuller Hydronics.

Overview

Tibor Schuller, owner of Schuller Hydronics in the Toronto area, wanted to outfit his modern home with a hydronic heating system. To do so quickly, he used the SharkBite EvoPEX system, and a suite of other RWC solutions, to complete an efficient and professional installation for the comfort he desired.

Creating a Model Home for Hydronic Heating

In Canada, where the winters can be long and harsh, sometimes you want more than what standard electric heating systems can supply. Schuller decided to use his modern Ontario house as an example of the comfort that hydronic heating provides. The hydronic radiant floor heating system efficiently warms his 3,200-square-foot home from the basement, throughout the house and all the way out to the porch.

A Complete Home Solution with SharkBite and RWC brands

Schuller Hydronics turned to SharkBite oxygen barrier PEX and the EvoPEX system, as well as other RWC solutions, to get create a clean hydronic heating installation.

Because the SharkBite oxygen barrier PEX is flexible, the team could more easily handle it than rigid pipe, bending it and securing it quickly along the floor. EvoPEX fittings, meanwhile, gave them additional assurance that their connections were sound and permanent. Each fitting has a green indicator that displays when pipe is properly inserted and secure, leaving guesswork out of the equation.

Oxygen barrier PEX pipe installed for floor heating in new build.

The Schuller team also used several SharkBite Brass Push products, like the Radiant Heating Manifold, which provided more flexibility on the job. Because these fittings can be disconnected and reused, the team knew that if something needed to be adjusted, they could easily pivot without losing valuable parts.

Whenever you have water running through pipes to heat a home, you’re going to get some vibration. To protect against the noise, Schuller Hydronics used HoldRite acoustic isolation clamps so the pipes can expand as needed without causing a disturbance.

And what’s a modern home without smart technology? Schuller wanted to keep an eye on his water usage no matter where he was, so he installed the StreamLabs Control, a smart leak detector with remote water shut-off.

Reducing Labor Costs with Streamlined Hydronic Heating Installations

Because of EvoPEX’s push-to-connect design, the hydronic heating system was quick to install, saving the company about 40% on labor costs, according to the team. He also considers it more eco-friendly, longer lasting and easier to work with than alternative hydronic heating fittings.

EvoPEX fitting with Oxygen Barrier PEX.

“Using EvoPEX, I found that I was spending less time on the ladder,” Schuller said. “I allowed for four or five hours to do a certain amount of job, and two hours into it, I was done.” Schuller said.

Efficiency also stood out to the company’s president, Gabor Milisics.

“The speed at which we can install these systems is second to none,” Milisics said.

New plumbers can easily acquaint themselves with hydronics systems without the steep learning curve for techniques such as soldering. They don’t have to deal with time-consuming methods that use special tools either.

And at the end of the day, the SharkBite EvoPEX system is easier on installers.

“If your installers aren’t getting beaten up on the job site, they’re going to usually do a better job for you,” Schuller said.

About Schuller Hydronics

Based out of the greater Toronto area, Schuller Hydronics has been making and installing hydronic heating systems since 2017 as a proud partner of RWC Canada. The team, which has a blend of industry experience and versatile skill sets, works to promote and grow the field of radiant heating through education, professional installs and other awareness-raising strategies.