At HVAC Comfortech 2011, 12 products were recognized as Product Showcase Award winners. Judges took into consideration the ease with which HVAC contractors can apply the technology, and the technical value of the product or service to the HVAC industry. We'll feature these products each month in upcoming issues of Contracting Business. This month, we’re featuring Blue Corona's Virtual Online Marketing Manager, the winner in the Business Services category. For additional information on any of the products listed here, circle the appropriate number(s) on the reader service card at the back of this issue or visit www.contractingbusiness.com/freeinfo.html.
Meet Your New Online Marketing Manager
Measurably improve online marketing and website performance with Blue Corona's new Virtual Online Marketing Manager service.
The Virtual Online Marketing Manager provides on-going:
- Search engine optimization (SEO) – Get your business on the first page of Google, Yahoo and Bing. Blue Corona SEO and HVAC specialists will tweak the site code and add new, unique content to your company website.
- Pay per click (PPC) advertising campaigns
- Email marketing and social media – Build an online community; engage prospective and increase word-of-mouth marketing
- Website and landing page design
- Phone call tracking and website reporting – Find out which marketing strategies are really work and which should be eliminated.
All of Blue Corona's Virtual Online Marketing Managers are highly trained and skilled business and online marketing professionals based out of one of Blue Corona's U.S. offices. Blue Corona is headquartered in Maryland and also has an office in North Carolina.
Honeywell's Genetron® ST-20™ Flush Distributed by
Carrier Enterprise as "Toptech Copper Flush"
Honeywell announces that Carrier Enterprise will distribute Genetron® ST-20™ Flush as part of its TopTech brand of aftermarket HVAC products.
TopTech Copper Flush, as the product is now called, is specifically formulated to remove solids, refrigerant oils and acids from the copper line sets of HVAC and refrigeration systems. Copper Flush is odorless and non-flammable, and is effective for use in many HCFC and HFC systems.
According to company sources, Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business is a leader in the manufacture and supply of zero ozone-depleting refrigerants used by top air-conditioning and refrigeration makers worldwide and blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation, as well as hydrofluoric acid and precursors for nuclear fuel.
'Wags' Valve from Taco Prevents Catastrophic Water Heater Leakage
Leaking water heater emergency calls can be avoided with the addition of this new device from Taco. The "Wags" (water and gas shut-off) valve is a simple, inexpensive and reliable to way to guard against disastrous water problems that can arise when water heaters develop a leak.
Taco's Wags valve, ideal for new or existing water heaters, is totally mechanical and can be installed with or without an electric harness.
The valve rests in a water heater drain pan. The cold water supply runs through the valve before entering the appliance. If a leak occurs, an internal water-soluble fiber element dissolves, releasing a powerful, spring-loaded piston that closes flow of water to the tank. With the addition of a wiring harness for gas-fired appliances, this action will also break a fuse to shut off the water heater's gas supply.
The valve's action is based on fiber element technology developed for the British Royal Air Force to inflate life jackets automatically.
Milwaukee® Introduces Compact Cordless Ratchets
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation continues to expand the versatility of their M12™ Lithium-ion system with the introduction of the M12™ Cordless1/4-in. and 3/8-in. Ratchets. The tools are10-3/4-in. long and weigh 1.9 lbs.
Delivering up to 35-in.lbs. of torque and 250 RPM, the M12™ cordless ratchets deliver power, speed, and durability in an extremely compact form, company sources state. A compact ¾-in. low profile head design allows users to work in the tightest of spaces and engine bays, maximizing productivity.
Powered by revolutionary M12™ Red Lithium™ battery technology, the new ratchets are the only tools in their class that are compatible with a tool system that offers over 30 cordless Lithium-Ion products. With constant innovation in Lithium-Ion, Milwaukee® continues to expand its leadership position in the sub-compact category. The M12™ platform is the largest sub-compact system in the industry, offering innovative solutions in power, productivity, and portability.
Magnalight.com Introduces Rechargeable LED Light Stick
The Magnalight WL-LED-12-M rechargeable trouble light is the newest in versatile and durable LED lighting from Magnalight.com. This portable LED light offers high light output combined with an integrated magnetic mounting system to produce a weatherproof, portable industrial grade LED task light.
Designed for use anywhere, the WL-LED-12-M LED light stick from Larson Electronics’ Magnalight combines the convenience of rechargeable portability with the versatility of magnetic mounting. Containing 60 LEDs powered by an integral Ni/Hm battery, this LED light stick produces enough light to cover an area approximately 25-ft. long by 20-ft. wide, and will run for over four hours on a single charge.
An impact, shock, and vibration resistant housing provides durable operation and makes this light suitable for indoor or outdoor use. The long life LEDs have a 100,000 hour lifetime rating.
New Badge Retractor by Gear Keeper
The new Gear Keeper RT5 Super Badge Retractor has an array of industry-leading features. From its generous 36-in. extension to the 40-pound break strength on its sturdy spectra/nylon line, Gear Keeper designed it to withstand repetitive use — perfect for those employed in high security areas and have to extend their badge frequently. With the Gear Keeper badge retractor, boasting a smooth 2.5-oz. retraction force for ease of use, users can feel comfortable about effortlessly keeping their badge right where it belongs.
The Gear Keeper RT5 also includes robust stainless steel spring and hardware and a high-impact case to stand up to rigorously daily use. It comes with a 360° rotating spring clip mount, so the unit is kept in the correct position and rotates seamlessly in use for a wide range of applications.
Allied Air Introduces Constant Torque Furnaces
Allied Air Enterprises, Inc. has announced the addition of high-efficiency constant torque furnaces to its line of quality heating and cooling products.
According to company sources the constant torque motor technology offers quiet operation and improved airflow, even with less-than-optimum duct configurations. Available at either 95 or 80% AFUE, units from any of Allied Air’s four brands – Armstrong Air®, AirEase®, Ducane™ and Concord® – are available from distributors now.
Dow Work Wipes Ensure Safe, Fast Clean Up
New Great Stuff™ Work Wipes are specially formulated to remove excess, uncured Great Stuff Insulating Foam Sealants, and many other tough messes like uncured caulk, construction adhesives, and oil- and latex-based paints. These jumbo, pre-soaked wipes are tough and offer a safe, convenient way to quickly clean hands, tools and a variety of hard surfaces that can get messy when remodeling or maintaining a home.