METUS updates Building Connect+ platform

Connections of up to 200 units &10 BACnet® devices possible
(2021-09-16 17:05:02)
Designed for multi-family and commercial buildings, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), has launched an expanded version of Building Connect+, a cloud-based controls and monitoring platform. Building Connect+ is a pre-engineered, cloud-based secure controls and monitoring platform to control and manage CITY MULTI® systems as well as third-party devices with BACnet® connectivity. Well-suited for commercial and multi-family applications, the platform… FULL ARTICLE >>

NYSEC promotes new Net-Zero Hero marketing campaign

Runs through April; features Bioheat fuel
(2021-09-16 16:37:37)
The New York State Energy Coalition’s (NYSEC) new Net-Zero Hero™ marketing campaign promotes Bioheat® fuel. Consumers and community leaders are urged to “Be a Net-Zero Hero™” in the campaign that began Sept. 5 and will run through April 2022. The new campaign highlights Bioheat® fuel’s path to a net-zero carbon future, as “The Renewable Home Heating Fuel” that promotes cleaner… FULL ARTICLE >>

Miller’s busts HVAC myths for homeowners

What to keep in mind for end-of-summer checkups
(2021-09-16 15:25:35)
Knowing what’s true and what’s false about an HVAC system can be tricky. Over the years, seasoned homeowners have shared their experiences with new homebuyers, passing down heating and cooling myths that often get mistaken for truths. Forty-year-old Norfolk, VA-based HVAC company, Miller’s Heating & Air Conditioning, is taking time to bust open some HVAC myths that may confuse homeowners.… FULL ARTICLE >>

Mercury Fuel Service sells convenience stores, retains home fuel business

Deal includes real estate leasing as well
(2021-09-15 15:48:44)
Waterbury, CT-based Mercury Fuel Service, Inc. has sold 20 petroleum marketing and convenience retail stores and its fuels wholesale business. Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. advised Mercury Fuel Service, Inc. for the deal. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Eight of the stores were acquired by EG Group. Twelve of the stores and Mercury’s fuels wholesale business were acquired… FULL ARTICLE >>

Kauffman Gas buys Penn Jersey Propane

Vantage Commercial helped with deal
(2021-09-15 13:39:22)
Penn Jersey Propane, a large, family-run, propane company in Hainesport, NJ, has been purchased by Kauffman Gas for an undisclosed sum. Penn Jersey Propane operates a bulk plant along with several bobtail trucks, used to service their large customer base in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cherry Hill, NJ-based Vantage Commercial helped with the deal. Ken Richardson, Executive Director at… FULL ARTICLE >>

Fuel Merchants Assoc of NJ launches SmartHeatNJ advocacy campaign

Addresses high costs of electric heat conversion
(2021-09-14 17:34:22)
The Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey has released the multimedia SmartHeatNJ campaign across the Garden State to educate New Jersey consumers about the costs and consequences of the Energy Master Plan, specifically the expense of requiring families to convert their homes to electric heat, costing $20,000 or more. “While we all support clean energy goals, the Energy Master Plan… FULL ARTICLE >>
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Circulators have been around the hydronic heating industry since…
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