Making the right selection when it comes to your serious plumbing projects can be simple and straightforward with the right knowledge.  It’s important to know your circuit setter and other valve options, and while choosing the wrong valve won’t necessarily render the system useless (or dangerous), choosing the right valve can make an enormous difference in energy costs and water use.

In a pipe system, many plumbing experts are faced with the decision of which type of valve to use to gauge water flow and help keep the system under control.  A circuit setter – made famous by plumbing production giant Bell & Wesson, famous for high quality and durability – is a special type of valve used in an HVAC system that regulates the flow of hot water and cold water.  This allows for comfortable use of hot and cold water in one part of the system without disturbing the flow of water in another part – and without wasting energy.

For example, if a shower int he system is running with both hot and cold water ot produce a warm temperature and someone flushes a toilet in the system, the water temperature in the shower will shoot up.  This is because the system is redirecting cold water away from the shower and into the toilet, causing the temperature in the shower to rise.  A circuit setter regulates the hot water, allowing ti to balance with the cold water and keep the optimal shower temperature.

Here are the top three features to look for when selecting a circuit setter:

  • The valve’s adjustment range.  It should turn 360 degrees if you need precision.
  • Both temperature and pressure test ports.
  • The ability to have positive shutdown.

Top pipe and valve provider Flo-Pac offers a range of pipes, automatic balancing valves, manual balancing valves, and more.  Visit them online for more information on their product lineup and options.