Tech Update

Feb. 1, 2012
Commercial: Hydronic Boilers, Burners, Controls, Pumps/Circulators
Residential: Controls and Thermostats, Zone and Solar Controls


A.O. Smith
A. O. Smith’s new line of XP boilers and XP automatic circulating water heaters is the latest in high-efficiency fully condensing boilers. XP models are equipped with stainless steel heat exchanger technology, which can achieve thermal efficiencies of up to 99 % in low-temperature applications. The multi-pass/multi-burner heat exchanger optimizes efficiency and minimizes operating costs with every heating cycle.
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The Buderus GB142 wall-mounted boiler uses advanced condensing technology to maximize the heating value of every cubic foot of natural gas or liquid propane. The small size and minimal clearance requirements of the GB142 boiler provide installation flexibility. All GB142 boilers come with the AM10 outdoor reset control and DHW sensor for control of an indirect DHW tank.
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The Vantage boiler, which has been available since 2003 as an ultra-high efficiency condensing hydronic boiler, can use B100 biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur (under 15 ppm) heating oils for full condensing operation. The Vantage boiler is commercially available in up to 4,000,000 BTUH, in liquid fuel, natural gas, or dual-fuel configurations.
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The Magna variable-speed wet rotor circulator uses a patented Autoadapt feature that controls pump performance automatically within defined performance range, for lowest possible energy consumption without sacrificing comfort. Permanent magnet motor design avoids motor slippage problems common to induction-type motors. Its starting torque is four times higher than standard induction motors.
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American Standard
American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning introduces the AccuLink Platinum ZV Control. This top-of-the-line control is built to provide smart, precise comfort management. The control permits customizable heating and cooling schedules to help homeowners reduce energy consumption whether at home or away. It automatically alerts consumers if regular maintenance is required, or if a filter needs changing.
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The icomfort by Lennox synchronizes Lennox’ most advanced products with a sleek, menu-driven touchscreen thermostat. The icomfort system is centered around the icomfort Touch thermostat. This easy-to-use, touchscreen thermostat is the brain of the system, sensing the environment and optimizing Dave Lennox Signature Collection flagship products. The icomfort Touch features intuitive, menu-driven programming screens that make it easy to create a schedule that matches comfort level and lifestyle needs. It can also be programmed to conserve energy.
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Honeywell’s Prestige 2.0 IAQ comfort system is a programmable thermostat that meets the needs of both residential and light commercial applications. The two-piece design includes the thermostat and an equipment interface module (EIM). These components communicate with each other using RedLINK wireless technology. The Prestige 2.0 IAQ guides contractors through the system set-up process.
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The Heliodyne Delta-T controller monitors collector and storage temperatures, and automatically turns pumps on or off when the right temperature is reached. The controller can also provide system freeze protection, storage tank high-limit shut-off, and useful collector temperature operation. The Delta-T controller can be used in open- loop or closed-loop systems.
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The Comfort Control2 System (CC2S) is a unique control system and communicating thermostat that allows homeowners to access intuitive, advanced features, such as humidity control and service. CC2S also provides 28 on-board diagnostic codes and fault history codes by detecting system and electrical problems. It’s a standard feature on certain Rheem heating and cooling units, such as the Rheem Prestige series 18-SEER, R-410A two-stage premium condensing unit; the Rheem Prestige series high efficiency two-stage heat pump; and the Rheem Prestige series modulating 95% AFUE gas furnace.
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SIMpull Tstat is Southwire’s latest innovation, which combines the traditional thermostat wiring with Southwire’s patented SIM Technology. SIM (Slikqwik Infused Membrane) technology was originally introduced in 2004 and is now an integral part of Southwire’s product line — creating faster installs and cleaner handling, sources say.
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The Nexia Home Intelligence system is a smart home automation system that leverages the advanced technologies of Trane and Schlage to make everything in the home speak one simple language. Nexia enables consumers to remotely manage features and functions of their home, including door locks, heating and cooling, video surveillance, lights, shades, and energy usage via a web-enabled computer or most smart phones.
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Uponor’s Climate Control network system is a modular, expandable, integrated hardware and software package that connects all of a structure’s HVAC components to a single system for better energy efficiency, control and monitoring. It features a visual software package, in which users have the option to control their comfort from a wall thermostat, or access the entire system through an optional, high-definition touch panel interface or computer.
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