Are you pumping money through an oversized, outdated booster pump system?

GIVING YOU A BOOST TOWARD SAVINGS

Providing hot water to a domestic high-rise is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. When the hot water system is fitted by a builder with an oversized, overpowered, fixed-speed pump, it may function at first, but it simply won’t last.

To fulfill that everyday miracle of hot water through the faucet on the penthouse floor, builders often compensate for poor system design by incorporating a fixed-speed pump. Those same builders are not footing the bill for a pump that runs unnecessarily every minute – even throughout the night. And they will often skirt responsibility for hundreds of hours of wasted energy.

Booster pumps featuring variable-frequency drives (VFDS), however, are efficient and not wasteful. They adjust hot water supply with changing demand, saving your hot water system, the environment and, finally, saving you money.

WOLFPACK SERIES BOOSTER PUMP

In nature, there are few forces more revered than the wolfpack. A balanced machine – all parts of the pack work at maximum efficiency toward one goal. Wolfpack Series booster pumps are no different. These state-of-the-art booster pumps are a naturally efficient way to boost savings in your building.

The Wolfpack Series of booster pumps features an array of components designed to adapt to changing water requirements and it ensures that residents receive hot water on demand.

These booster pumps come in three configurations in order to be optimized in every installation. Additionally, we offer custom solutions tailored to meet the specific demands of your domestic high-rise. Rikos technicians are happy to provide a comprehensive system audit, along with an estimate, free without obligation.

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The Natural Choice

It’s true: Rikos did not invent the variable-frequency drive booster pump. But the Wolfpack Series is the most intuitively-designed, well-engineered booster pump on the market – and that’s a fact.

Plug-and-Play

When we say plug-and-play – we mean it. Wolfpack Series pumps are designed, assembled and tested before our staff steps foot in your building. Thanks to a rigorous testing process, they require little maintenance moving forward and all-in-one construction and a small footprint makes for easy installation that could be completed in a single morning.

A Smarter System

Pre-programmed, variable-frequency drives infinitely look for ways to increase efficiency and save energy. But just how much will you save? Wolfpack Series pumps consume less than half of the energy spent by a fixed-pump system, while still meeting residents’ unique demands.

Precise Pressure

Aside from extraordinary energy savings, Wolfpack Series pumps dramatically reduce wear and tear on a domestic hot water system through an energy-optimized control mode. Whether you’re on the ground floor or in the penthouse suite, expect seamless water delivery for years to come.

OLFPACK SERIES PUMP CONFIGURATIONS

Rikos designs Wolfpack Series pumps in three configurations: the Simplex, Duplex and Triplex. These state-of-the-art designs are tailored precisely to meet the requirements of each building.

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VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES (VFD): BENEFITS EXPLAINED

  • A VFD are independent, isolated engines powering your booster pump and optimizing water flow — when it’s actually required.
  • By infinitely searching for ways to operate more efficiently, VFDs provide tremendous cost savings.
  • Built-in redundancies ensure that the pump continues operating, even in the case of a parts failure.
  • Because VFDs run independently, residents never experience downtime—even during maintenance.
  • ‘Smart’ system is pre-programmed by Rikos technicians, requiring virtually no maintenance.

Rikos-Installed Judo Filters purify your water supply

WATER TREATMENT WITH BACKWASHABLE FILTER SCREEN

This optional automatic water filtration system eliminates suspended particles and other impurities in municipal water supply that may otherwise wreak havoc on a domestic hot water system.

  • Handles flow rates of up to 880 gallons per minute with virtually no pressure loss.
  • Includes stainless steel, 100 micron filter sieve.
  • Filters both coarse and fine-grained particle matter.
  • Self-cleaning backwash process does not interrupt building’s water supply or water filtration.
Filtration Steps
  • Water enters the filter through the intake.
  • Water is filtered through a selective stainless steel screen/filter.
  • Suction assembly uses water pressure to vigorously clean and back-flush the screen/filter.
  • Water is removed from the exterior chamber using existing water pressure and contaminant particles are expelled at the bottom of the filter.
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YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS.

I still don’t get it. What does a booster pump do?

A booster pump system increases water pressure in a domestic high-rise, so that every unit in the building, including those on upper storeys, have adequate pressure. Without a booster pump, many appliances wouldn’t receive the pressure they require to operate.

What is a VFD?

A variable-frequency drive (VFD) is a controller which varies the speed of your booster pump to match the real-time requirements of your building. It optimizes energy consumption by  ensuring the motor operates only when water is in demand, as opposed to typical.

Why do Rikos Wolfpack Series booster pump systems include up to three pumps?

Our three-pump system—the Triplex—operate in a ‘cascading’ configuration. The pumps work in tandem to share demands on the system, and the second and third pumps operate only when necessary. In the Triplex configuration, Rikos technicians program a ‘lead’ pump designation to be shared between the three pumps, extending the lifetime of the system as a whole.

Do booster pumps require maintenance?

Yes. While Wolfpack Series booster pumps are more reliable than their older, less efficient counterparts, they still require periodic maintenance to ensure they’re performing at their best. Rest assured, your pump is in good hands in the care of highly trained Rikos technicians.

Older booster pump systems, forced to withstand years of hard wear and tear, are prone to failing motor bearings and pump impellers. These older systems need to be monitored and maintained much more regularly, and are likely to fail entirely far sooner.

How long will a Wolfpack Series booster pump last?

Under normal operating conditions and with routine maintenance by Rikos technicians, our booster pumps can be relied upon for at least 25 years.

What size booster pump does my building really need? I’m hearing differing opinions.

While opinions on pump sizes differ, the demands of your building do not. They’re based upon the height of your building, the number of suites, municipal water pressure, plumbing design and the efficiency of the pump. Many contractors err on the side of caution, installing oversized pumps, hoping to ensure adequate water pressure and compensate for a pump in the system that might fail. Unnecessary energy—and money spent— is sure to follow.

Energy efficient Wolfpack series pumps ensure the system works only as hard as it needs to, saving costs, energy and plumbing wear-and-tear.

How much does a booster pump cost?

Pricing varies based on the size and demand of each building. Generally, an energy efficient Wolfpack Series booster pump system will cost between $30,000 and $50,000.

How long does it take to install a new booster pump system?

Wolfpack Series booster pumps are designed, tested and assembled before being delivered to your building, which means our technicians can have the new pump installed within a day. On the date of installation, tenants should be notified of a water supply shut down between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Typically, water supply resumes as normal within two to three hours of our arrival.

Are Wolfpack Series booster pumps guaranteed?

Yes. Our booster pump systems include a two-year warranty on components and labour.

Are there any incentive programs available for booster pump upgrade/retrofit projects?

In Ontario, the SaveOnEnergy program offers booster pump retrofit incentives up to $25,000 or 50 percent of the eligible project costs. Eligible costs include all pump system components, installation, delivery and disposal.

Discerning building owners/property managers that choose to install a Judo filter along with their booster pump can include the cost of the filter in the incentive application.