Nov. 9, 2012
At HVAC Comfortech 2012, 13 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 The Service Roundtable’s Roundtable Rewards, the winner in the Business/Technical 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

Service Roundtable Members Earn

$1.5 MILLION in Rebates

Roundtable Rewards gives vendors access to the largest private contractor group in North America and gives members the buying power necessary to receive significant cash rebates. Service Roundtable’s cumulative buying power extends to a large membership base in four industries: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and solar. Roundtable Rewards checks are delivered quarterly to contractor members across the globe.

The Service Roundtable is the world’s largest private contractor business alliance with members in the electrical, plumbing, solar, and heating and air conditioning trades. Members come from all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and South Seas Islands. “At Service Roundtable our goal is to give contractors easy tools to drive sales, profits and success. Roundtable Rewards is available free to all of our members in every industry and membership base we serve,” said Liz Patrick, vice president of strategic alliances at Service Roundtable.


Shoe In Overshoes for Contractors

Shoe In overshoes are made of lightweight, durable EVA rubber and effortlessly slip on over your dirty shoes to protect clean floors. The hands-free design means no bending over to put the overshoes on or take them off, and patented gripper teeth ensure that Shoe In overshoes stay on with no slipping or sliding. There’s no left or right distinction and they rinse off easily for quick cleaning. The Shoe In overshoes come in just four sizes (small, medium, large and extra large), and fit over most boots and shoes up to size 16. They come in a variety of colors and styles, including open toe and closed toe versions. The Shoe In safety toe features a steel toe for added protection. Shoe In Ice-Ts, designed to be worn outdoors over shoes or boots in icy conditions, incorporate metal studs on the sole of the overshoe for superior traction.

WaterFurnace 7 Series Named Energy Star Most Efficient 2012

WaterFurnace International, Inc. announces that its 7 Series variable-capacity unit has achieved the Energy Star Most Efficient 2012 designation. The 7 Series joins the WaterFurnace 5 Series, Synergy3D® Series and Envision Series, all of which achieved the honor earlier in 2012.

In its second year, the Energy Star Most Efficient designation identifies and elevates the most efficient products among various Energy Star categories. To qualify, products must demonstrate efficiency performance that’s truly exceptional, inspirational or leading edge — consistent with the interests of environmentally motivated consumers and early adopters.

According to company sources, the 7 Series 700A11 is the first variable-capacity geothermal unit available for homeowners, and its 41 energy efficiency ratio (EER) and 5.3 coefficient of performance (COP) ratings are more than twice that of traditional air conditioners or heat pumps.

The 700A11 uses WaterFurnace’s InfiniSpeed technology, a soft-start variable-capacity compressor, in concert with a variable speed ECM blower and variable speed loop pump. This allows the unit to scale output to exactly the level needed rather than the “high” or “low” speeds found in normal systems.

Coleman Echelon AHV Variable-Speed Air Handler Replaces AVG Model

Johnson Controls has replaced its Coleman® Echelon AVG air handler with the Echelon AHV variable-speed single piece model. The new air handler expands the product range to include seven airflow models from 1.5 to 5 tons, providing contractors additional options to precisely match airflow and evaporator coil sizes. Larger evaporator coils used in the new model provide expanded system ratings and performance in many applications than were previously available.

Simplified control boards and electric heater kits provide features and performance homeowners require while being easy to install, service, and troubleshoot for the contractor, sources say.

Features include:

• Advanced variable-speed electronically commutated motor (ECM)

• Bolt-on thermostatic expansion valve (TXV)

• Includes EcoTrak™ technology, allowing customization of the air handler’s settings matching comfort requirements specific to different climate regions.

Carrier® Introduces the Next Generation of Touch Screen Controls

Carrier introduces the Infinity® Touch Control, the next generation of touch screen communicating controls. This home comfort control provides Touch-n-Go™ programming and energy management features when used as part of a complete Carrier® Infinity heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. With integrated wireless capability, the Infinity Touch control allows homeowners to access their heating and cooling systems with a Wi-Fi network, including mobile applications supported by iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

The Infinity Touch control features a high-resolution color touch screen display. Touch-n-Go programming includes intuitive prompts and function icons so a homeowner can control the temperature, humidity, and fan speed of the Infinity system with just a touch. The Infinity Touch control allows consumers to monitor and change settings when they are away from home, stay current on maintenance schedules, and receive alerts when the system needs service. With homeowner permission, a dealer can also be named as a servicing contractor for the unit, and can see the HVAC system equipment summary and last 10 fault codes to be better prepared for a service call.

Titus HVAC Announces Natural Fiber Insulation

Titus HVAC, announces EcoShield –a natural fiber insulation. The sustainable liner is comprised of high quality, natural cotton composed of recycled denim.

EcoShield is an alternative to fiberglass as it’s thermally and acoustically comparable and easier to handle. The EcoShield liner offers an Environmental Protection Agency-registered microbial mold and fungal inhibitor so it will not support bacteria. It contains no harmful irritants or chemicals and is safe for people and the environment. The liner complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials and the National Fire Protection Agency standards.