Winter meets its match in Maine Even in Maine, winter and comfort do coexist. Fortunately for area residents, there’s a mechanical pro in Biddeford who specializes in it. Jim Godbout Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a diverse 20-person enterprise that caters to those who take home comfort pretty seriously. “We differentiate ourselves through the work we do and the way we solve problems,” Jim Godbout says. Godbout and JeffTardif, jobsite supervisor, were in nearby Kennebunkport (aka “Kennybunk”) at a luxurious vacation home just half a mile from the Bush’s famous family retreat. This job offers a peek into the masterful mechanical craftsmanship of Godbout and his well-trained team of hydronic pros. Before substantial renovations, the home was a simple 1 1/2-story cottage built a century ago. The cottage had a forced air system and no air conditioning. It’s now an architectural masterpiece. The old forced air heat? Out with the tide. Now, hydronic panels and 1,000 sq. ft. Of in-floor radiant provide warmth. “We do a lot of hydronic work on projects like this one,” Godbout says, “and we hang our reputation on products and technology that work each and every time. “We also watch for the latest advancements offered by manufacturers. So we were quick to find out about Taco’s new ECMdriven, high-efficiency, variable-speed circulators and Zone Sentry zone valves. Now we carry them in every truck and stock them in inventory.” HYDRONIC RECIPE A typical Godbout job begins with a “for sale” sign at a 30- or 40-year-old beachfront home. It’s quickly purchased for $500,000 and demolished, making way for a 5,000-7,000-sq.-ft, $3 to $5 million custom vacation home. “We typically install a 6- or 8-zone radiant heat or radiant panel heating system with a mod-con boiler and indirect, Taco Zone Sentrys, circs and a hydroseparator autofill and 4900 air sep,” Tardif explains. No job follows a formula, but the common denominators are (always) quality and comfort. “Those are the essentials; everything is built upon them,” Godbout says. At the Kenneybunk home, Godbout and Tardif were there to check on the hydronic system’s final work and to add one last component. Out of a small box, Tardif removes a new Taco ECM circulator, Taco’s VT2218, to serve as the main system pump. It’s the only temperature-sensing pump in its class. The circulator provides up to 22 ft. Shutoffhead and 18-gpm maximum flow, covering a broad range of applications. It’s ideal for delta-T or setpoint temperature applications and typical uses include hydronic systems zoned with zone valves, radiant loops, injection pumping, snow melt or hydro-air fan coils. Each of the system’s many heat zones is governed by a Taco Zone Sentry zone valve; iValves were used to temper liquid heat for floor warming. A Taco 5120 series mix valve also was installed above an indirect (next to the mod-con) to temper domestic hot water, allowing the tank to keep water in the 140° F bacterial kill zone, and two Taco ZVC zone controls govern circulation to the home’s seven thermostatically-controlled comfort zones. As they wrapped up, Godbout texted the homeowner: “System’s up n’ running. The floors will be warm for your arrival tomorrow. Best – Jim.” And it was his best. By design.
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