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Phoenix Light Duty Installation Impresses Homeowner

Posted by Kelsey Braga on Jan 15, 2016 2:49:00 PM

Recently a homeowner in Monroe, WA had a Phoenix Light Duty 50 gallon installed. The installation was done by Washington Energy Services, who received a call shortly after installation. The customer was extremely happy with their new high efficiency water heater. Previously, they had a standard 50 gallon gas water heater, and they were not able to use their large jetted bath tub due to the poor recovery rate. The customer explained that they are blown away with the Phoenix LD’s recovery time and are satisfied with their new product.

The Phoenix Light Duty is constructed using the highest quality 316L stainless steel materials for a robust, long lasting tank that is perfect for light duty commercial applications. Extremely efficient, the Phoenix LD is a condensing gas water heater that operates at a 97% thermal efficiency and is extremely versatile with multiple installation options. The impressive stainless steel finish, easy to program and understand LCD display and extreme cost savings makes the Phoenix LD the appliance you’ll want to brag about. 

 

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Topics: Water Heating

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day!

Posted by Kelsey Braga on Feb 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Typically, Engineering is an industry influenced by males. Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day reminds us to encourage girls to consider a career in the engineering field. Engineering requires a creative mind and intelligence, which is why women should not be forgotten when it comes to this inventive discipline.

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Today, we would like to shine the spotlight on Jessica Raposa, HTP’s one and only woman engineer! Jessica has been with HTP for three years now, and continues to make us proud with her high efficiency heating creations!
"Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, and don’t let being in a male-dominated field intimidate you. Be confident!" - Jessica Raposa, HTP

 

Check out this Q&A we had with Jessica! 

 

Q:     When did you decide to become an engineer?

A:    My junior year of high school

 

Q:     What college/university did you attend?

A:    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

Q:     What made you interested in engineering?

A:   My love for Rollercoasters and Walt Disney World is what drove me to go into Engineering. While growing up throughout middle school & high school I played this one game, Roller Coaster Tycoon, where all I used to do was design roller coasters for my imaginary theme parks. And while growing up taking vacations to Walt Disney World, seeing all the engineering detail that has gone into those parks inspired me to become an engineer.

 

Q:   What was the first product you engineered?

A:    The first product I ever engineered was a team effort with my Senior Design Engineering Team at UMASS Dartmouth. We designed and built a Tensile Testing Machine for use in one of the labs.

 

Q:      What products have you helped engineer at HTP?

A:     Phoenix Multi-Fit, parts of the Enduro TI, and a couple of parts in the Phoenix Light Duty.

 

Q:     What is your favorite part of working as an engineer at HTP?  

A:    My favorite part of working as an engineer at HTP is being part of such a great team of individuals. We all work great together as a group to overcome any challenges and never hesitate to help each other out. We encourage each other to do our best every day!

 

Q:  What is your advice for other girls attempting to become an engineer?

A:  Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, and don’t let being in a male-dominated field intimidate you. Be confident!

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Topics: About HTP

Engineers Week: Justin Jenne

Posted by Kelsey Braga on Feb 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Justin_JenneJustin Jenne has been an engineer at HTP for the past six and a half years. Jenne graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Jenne has been a valuable asset to our engineering team and has helped engineer some of our best-selling high efficiency products.

Jenne’s passion for engineering started at a young age, and developed into a career goal as time went on. “I always knew what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know exactly what it was called or how it applied to the real world,” Jenne said. “It wasn’t until I was in the 8th or 9th grade that I figured out it was called Mechanical Engineering and how to go about becoming one.”

As a child, Jenne’s curiosity led him to take things apart to see how they worked. Jenne would then try to reassemble the pieces in hopes of making it better.

“When I was about 11-12 years old, we put an addition on the house and [my parents] included me as an adult when laying out the design, plans, and the physical construction. Interestingly enough that included the installation of a new radiant heating system and upgrading the existing structures heat. When looking back on it with them they laugh, they say 'we can’t believe how much we listened to you, you were only a kid!'" Jenne said.

Today, Jenne takes his knowledge and passion for engineering and applies it to help make the best heating and hot water systems for HTP. His lead projects include: Versa-Hydro, Pioneer, Versa-Flame, Phoenix redesign, Phoenix for Europe, Phoenix Light Duty, and the Phoenix Plus. He has also assisted in the engineering of Polypro Venting Kits and small EFT’s.  

“I love the fact that as an engineer at HTP, you can wear many different hats. You can start from the very beginning of designing a heat exchanger using Computational Fluid Dynamics, to testing in the lab, to Solidworks Designs, to the look of the product, to reviewing items directly with management, to assisting in product launch with manufacturing and much more. In smaller type company if you have the passion and desire you can have a great impact in the department, company and products. Very few engineers I know can go to a website with their family and friends a say “I designed that and it’s going in thousands of homes today,” Jenne said.

Thanks, Justin, for your continuous hard work and dedication to HTP! We can’t wait to see what high efficiency heating products you come up with next!

 

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Topics: About HTP

HTP is Celebrating Engineers Week!

Posted by Kelsey Braga on Feb 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

What is Engineers Week?

 

eweekNational Engineers Week started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The week always falls on President George Washington’s Birthday, as he is considered the nation’s first engineer!

National Engineers Week is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies and over 50 corporations and government agencies. The week is devoted to engineers to recognize their contributions to society and raise awareness of the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

Here at HTP, we have some of the best engineers on staff working on the latest innovations in the heating industry. We would like to recognize the exceptional efforts they have made to create heating systems that are highly efficient. 

Our engineers include: 

  • Aleksandr Kovalenko, Director of Engineering
  • Justin Jenne
  • Jessica Raposa
  • David Montrond
  • Brian Pickett
  • Conor Cross
  • Mark Orzeck
  • Hong Hu

Stay tuned throughout the week for more information about our engineers!

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Topics: About HTP

Presidents' Day Reduced Hours

Posted by Kelsey Braga on Feb 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

HTP Customer Service, Technical Support and Parts Department will be operating with reduced hours for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 16.

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Please refer to the information below:
  • Customer Service: 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Technical Support: 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • Parts Department: 8:00am – 12:00pm, NEXT DAY AIR ORDERS ONLY. Orders must be received by 11:30am ET to go out Next Day Air, but are subject to inventory availability.

Have a good holiday!

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