Wessels Takes the Chill Out of Winter with Streamlined Glycol Solutions at AHR Expo 2024

Prepare to say goodbye to messy refills and clunky installations! Wessels Company, a leading innovator in hydronic comfort solutions, is making waves at the AHR Expo with its latest product enhancements, all unveiled at booth 6321.

Leading the charge is the ingenious Drum Mounted Glycol Makeup Package (DM-GMP). This game-changer mounts directly onto a standard drum of glycol or glycol mixture, eliminating the need for cumbersome tanks and permanent piping. Refills are a breeze, simply swap out the drum when empty, minimizing downtime and maximizing efficiency.

“The DM-GMP is a testament to our commitment to customer convenience,” says Tom Miller, CEO of Wessels Company. “We understand the challenges facility managers face, and this system is designed to simplify their lives.”

But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Wessels showcased a range of other advancements, including:

  • Improved control valves: Offering better flow control and energy efficiency, these valves ensure optimal system performance while reducing operating costs.
  • Enhanced expansion tanks: Equipped with self-closing vents and integrated pressure gauges, these tanks provide hassle-free maintenance and real-time system monitoring.
  • Streamlined pump packages: Pre-assembled and compact, these packages simplify installation and reduce the risk of errors, making setup a breeze.

These enhancements extend beyond convenience, offering significant benefits for building owners and operators:

  • Reduced downtime: Easier refills and streamlined installations minimize disruptions and keep building systems running smoothly.
  • Lower operating costs: Improved efficiency and energy-saving features translate to lower utility bills and a lighter environmental footprint.
  • Enhanced system performance: Precise control valves and optimized components ensure optimal comfort and system longevity.

With its focus on user-friendly design and efficient operation, Wessels Company is positioning itself as a leader in the evolving hydronic comfort industry. The AHR Expo is just the beginning, as Wessels continues to push the boundaries of innovation, one drum-mounted refill at a time.

Ready to take the chill out of winter? Head over to booth 6321 at the AHR Expo and experience the next generation of hydronic comfort solutions from Wessels Company.


Understanding the Basics:

  1. What is a glycol solution?
    • A mixture of water and ethylene glycol (or propylene glycol) is used in various applications to prevent freezing and regulate temperature.
  2. What types of glycol solutions are there?
    • Ethylene glycol is common in automotive antifreeze, while propylene glycol is often used in food-grade applications due to its lower toxicity.
  3. What are the different grades of glycol?
    • Grades vary based on the concentration of glycol and its intended purpose. Lower concentrations protect against milder temperatures, while higher concentrations withstand colder conditions.
  4. Is glycol solution dangerous?
    • Ethylene glycol is toxic and must be handled with caution, while propylene glycol is generally considered safe.

Applications and Uses:

  1. Where are glycol solutions used?
    • Common applications include antifreeze in cars, heat transfer fluids in HVAC systems, de-icing solutions for runways, and food & beverage processing.
  2. Can I use glycol solution in my home hydronic heating system?
    • Yes, specific glycol solutions are formulated for this purpose and provide freeze protection for boilers and piping.
  3. Is glycol solution environmentally friendly?
    • Depending on the type and concentration, some glycol solutions can be harmful to the environment if spilled or disposed of improperly. Choose options with biodegradability if environmental concerns are paramount.
  4. How do I dispose of used glycol solution properly?
    • Never pour it down the drain! Check local regulations for proper disposal methods to protect the environment and avoid contamination.

Maintenance and Safety:

  1. How often should I check the glycol concentration in my car’s antifreeze?
    • Regularly! Maintaining the recommended concentration ensures optimal freeze protection and engine performance.
  2. Does glycol solution expire?
    • While it doesn’t technically expire, its properties can degrade over time. It’s recommended to replace it according to manufacturer recommendations or if you notice performance issues.
  3. What happens if I mix different types of glycol solutions?
    • Mixing may affect the solution’s freezing point and performance, potentially causing damage to your system. Always check compatibility before mixing different types.
  4. What are the safety precautions when handling glycol solutions?
    • Wear gloves and protective eyewear to avoid contact with skin and eyes, especially for ethylene glycol which is toxic.

Specific Concerns and Troubleshooting:

  1. Why is my car’s antifreeze leaking?
    • Leaks can occur due to damaged hoses, clamps, or seals. Identifying the leak’s source and getting it repaired promptly is crucial.
  2. My hydronic heating system isn’t working properly. Could it be the glycol solution?
    • A low glycol concentration might be impacting its freeze protection. Check the concentration and top it up if necessary. Other issues like air bubbles or pump malfunctions could also be culprits.
  3. How do I clean up a glycol solution spill?
    • Wear gloves and protective gear. Contain the spill with absorbent materials, and avoid letting it enter drains or waterways. Dispose of contaminated materials properly.
  4. Where can I learn more about glycol solutions?
    • Consult the manufacturer’s instructions or safety data sheets (SDS) for specific information about the type of glycol you’re using. Online resources and government websites also offer guidance.
  5. Are there alternatives to glycol solutions?
    • Yes, depending on the application. Salt brines and alcohol-based solutions are some options, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
  6. How can I choose the right glycol solution for my needs?
    • Consider the temperature range you need protection for, environmental concerns, and compatibility with your system. Consulting a professional can help ensure you choose the right solution.
  7. What are the future trends in glycol solutions?
    • Biodegradable and environmentally friendly glycol alternatives are gaining traction, alongside research into improved performance and heat transfer properties.
  8. How will glycol solutions impact my future choices?
    • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different glycol solutions can help you make informed decisions about heating and cooling systems in your home or workplace, both for performance and environmental responsibility.

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