Plumbing, heating and HVAC are constantly evolving trades. As equipment becomes more sophisticated, education on latest and greatest developments becomes more important. Also, as new individuals enter the trades they need to learn the essentials so that they can become proficient, competent and profitable. This is why Emerson Swan offers training courses throughout the year on various subjects from the basics of hydronic piping to trouble shooting modulating-condensing boilers. Training courses are system oriented and primarily focused on the installing contractor, but there is always something to be gained for engineers, designers and wholesale distributors.

We want to help you to understand how systems work so that you can do the job right the first time, maximize profits and reduce call backs from unsatisfied customers.

Basic Electric 101

This seminar is about basic electricity and low voltage controls. If you are intimidated by electricity or just don’t get it, this is for you. We will explain series and parallel circuitry. Ohm’s Law and the relationship between volts, amps, watts and ohms will be taught. Various electrical components such as transformers, relays, zone valves, and multiple controls will be thoroughly explained. You will learn useful information such as compatibility between Honeywell and Taco controls. Outdoor reset and priority zoning will also be discussed. The attendee will gain an understanding of basic electricity and controls used in the heating industry. This course will be of value from the beginner to the experienced technician.

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Basic Hydronics 101

This seminar will explain how heat is transferred from water to air. Convection, conduction, and radiant concepts will be covered. An explanation of the components of a heating system and their relationship to each other will be given. The course covers boilers, pressure reducing valves, relief valves, expansion and compression tanks, air scoops, Vortech air separators, flow checks, integral flow checks, pumps and circulators, zone valves, and Venturi tees. The relationship between BTU, GPH, and Delta T will be thoroughly explained and some “rules of thumb” explained. The concept of “pumping away” and why it should be utilized will be explained in depth. Near boiler piping including by-pass location will be studied. Proper piping techniques will also be covered; series loop systems, 2 pipe direct return, 2 pipe reverse return, mono-flo, and primary/secondary piping.

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Schedule Your Own Custom Training

Interested in having us come to you with our mobile training center? We can do that! We teach on location at wholesalers, contractors and engineers in the New England market. Get in touch with us and let's set something up!

Domestic Hot Water

This seminar will explore traditional methods of generating domestic hot water; including tankless coils, tank style heaters, plate exchangers, and indirect water heaters. We will look at some common errors made in equipment sizing and selection and then apply it to some examples. There have been many new developments in hot water heating in the last few years. We will take look at some of these new technological advances such as instantaneous water heaters, solar, heat pumps and hybrids to see where the industry is going for the next generation.

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System Water Quality

Water is the lifeblood of a hydronic system. There are unseen forces of nature at work inside the system that have been going on as long as we have been installing system but they have not been a major problem until now. When we remove the old cast iron boiler and replace it with a low mass condensing boiler, the chemistry experiment that has been going on inside the system can have an adverse effect on not only the efficiency of the boiler but the life expectancy as well. In this proactive seminar, you will learn the effect of galvanic corrosion on the system components and what you can do about it. We will see actual samples of system water and how dissimilar metals react. We will also learn how we can test the water to find out exactly what the conditions are so we can treat them.

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