Comfortech Product Showcase Award

May 1, 2011
At HVAC Comfortech 2010, 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. ...

At HVAC Comfortech 2010, 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.

Refrigeration System Analyzer is a Top Performer
The Testo 550 is a high-performance Refrigeration System Analyzer that accurately performs temperature and pressure measurements in seconds. It automatically calculates superheat and subcooling for 34 different refrigerants quickly, and easily. According to company sources, the 550 is simple enough to use right out of the box and rugged enough for daily use by today’s demanding HVAC technicians. Use it to service, maintain and commission all types of air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems including the newest 16 SEER systems. Perform timed pressure drop tests as well as standing pressure tests required for properly commissioning AC/R systems. The testo 550 comes standard with a clamp probe, integrated hanger-hook and built in hose holders, all packed in a rugged protective housing.
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Taco's New 5120 Series Low Lead, Potable Water Mixing Valve
Taco's 5120 Series domestic water mixing valves meet new California and Vermont codes requiring low lead in all potable water pipes and components. Taco's low-lead series mixing valves are available as a sweat union connection in 1/2-in., 3/4-in. and 1-in. sizes.
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QHCA Winner Offers Secrets to Home Comfort Projects
In "The Cookbook of Comfort," Jim Patterson, president, Orchard Valley Heating & Cooling, Southampton, MA, shares his tips for successful geothermal, radiant, or solar home comfort projects. Patterson is a multiple winner of's Quality Home Comfort Awards.

Topics include:

  • radiant floor heating
  • boiler designs
  • solar powered systems
  • examples of geothermal home comfort systems
  • air conditioning concepts
  • radiant wall panel reviews
  • air quality improvements for added home comfort

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New Energy Reporting Software from Trane
Trane has developed eView™, an energy reporting and dashboard solution which extends the Tracer product family to provide best-in-class information and reporting on energy use, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Trane eView is a web-based software application that provides unique insight into energy use, cost and environmental impact at the organizational, portfolio, campus and/or individual building levels. The data can be collected in a variety of ways to ensure that the system can be implemented very economically for the building owner.
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Danfoss VSH Combines R-410A Compressor with VFD
The Danfoss Performer VSH was the first high capacity scroll compressor for R-410A, mated with a variable frequency drive, sources report. The tandem is designed and manufactured specifically for each other, and crafted to deliver exactly the capacity required for cooling every minute of the day. Energy savings with VSH can exceed 20%. The delivered capacity range is from 3.5 to 23 tons. The Performer VSH solution received the 2009 AHR Exposition’s Innovation Award for Cooling.
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Jackson Systems' Wireless Zoning System Enters HVAC Marketplace
Jackson Systems introduces its new Wireless Comfort™ line of zone control products. The Wireless Comfort™ line is a great addition alongside Jackson Systems’ long-trusted Comfort System™ brand. All components of the system are wireless, including dampers and thermostats. No more cutting dry wall and running wires, which make this product ideal for helping contractors keep their labor fees low and their labor time light, sources state.

Specific features of Wireless Comfort™ include:

  • Wireless Thermostats
  • Wirelessly-controlled dampers
  • PDM (Programming Display Module) guides the installer through all setup options.
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Energy Savings for Walk-in Coolers
The Freeaire® All Climate cystem is comprised of a Cooler Controller™ —a powerful computer that maximizes efficiency by operating each component of a conventional refrigeration system only as much as it needs to — and a Polar Package™, that moves super-filtered cold air from outside to inside, using a fraction of energy. Anywhere and anytime of year, the Freeaire® All Climate™ system makes sure that energy isn’t being wasted through running reach-in door heaters, evaporator fans, and condensing units unnecessarily. Polar Packages™ can be used in old or new walk-ins as small as 500 cu.ft., or in warehouses with hundreds of thousands of cubic feet, all using the same modular 10-in. intake and exhaust units. As the size of the space and the refrigeration load increases, simply add more pairs of intake and exhaust fan units.
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Venstar’s ComfortCall Remotely Adjusts Thermostats
Venstar® announces the availability of ComfortCall, an accessory that allows users to remotely adjust a Venstar Slimline residential thermostats from any telephone. Using voice recognition and voice synthesis, ComfortCall literally talks to the user over the telephone and takes voice commands.

ComfortCall has a small attachment that plugs into the bottom of any Venstar Slimline thermostat. It allows users to call and literally talk to their thermostats from any telephone. ComfortCall will tell the caller what the inside and outside temperatures are, the status of the thermostat (if the heating or cooling is currently on or off), and will allow the user to adjust the thermostat to its pre-set comfort settings or energy saving settings or turn the system off.
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