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Comfortech Product Showcase Award

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 Rheem's Prestige Series Modulating 95% gas furnace, the winner in the Forced-Air Heating 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

Rheem Debuts Prestige Series Gas Furnace
Rheem now offers the Prestige Series Modulating 95% AFUE gas furnace equipped with Comfort Control2 System (CC2S).

According to company sources, pairing the Rheem Prestige Series modulating furnace with CC2S to the Rheem 550-Series thermostat delivers significant environmental advantages, including improved indoor air quality (IAQ). The advanced Rheem furnace and matched thermostat provide on-demand dehumidification to reduce excess moisture from the air, which can aid in the prevention of household mold growth. In fact, the Prestige Series modulating furnace can be paired with any Rheem IAQ product.

Additionally, when used in tandem with the Rheem 550-Series thermostat, the furnace has near-effortless system set-up. Once connected to the thermostat, the furnace and outdoor CC2S enabled product will automatically complete system configuration. The furnace also features a technologically advanced ECM motor that operates at variable speeds.
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MovinCool Extends Rebate Offer for Ceiling-Mount Air Conditioners
MovinCool announces that it has extended the deadline of the rebate offer for its CM25 and CMW30 self-contained, ceiling-mount air conditioners to December 31, 2011. With this offer, customers (excluding resellers) who purchase a CM25 or CMW30 ceiling-mount air conditioner now through December 31, 2011, are eligible to receive a $300 prepaid gift card from a major credit-card company.

The air-cooled CM25 and water-cooled CMW30 feature a compact size yet high sensible cooling capacities. The units are specifically designed to fit into the drop ceiling above server rooms, IT equipment closets, small offices and other applications with high heat loads and limited floor space.
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Ocean Aire Offers Heating/Cooling Option for Retail and Office Spaces

The Ocean Aire Convertible Aire operates between temperatures of 55F to 105F. Applications include localized temperature control of spaces ranging from office environments to shop floor, to industrial processes. In heating mode, it addresses cold spots and individual preferences for more heating than the environment provides. Corner rooms, areas that receive less sunlight, or spaces that need extra heat due to lack of balance in the central air heating system are other applications. (This product was mislabeled on pg. 50 of the Oct. issue of mag.)
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Venstar Announces Value Series Residential Thermostats
Venstar announces the availability of its new Value Series of residential thermostats that feature battery back-up that supplements system power in the event of a power failure. The battery keeps the thermostat’s clock functional for up to one year, so re-setting the clock is not needed should power go out. Additionally, all time period programming and advanced setup programming is stored permanently in the event of a power failure in the thermostat’s memory.

Now available throughout the U.S. and Canada, Venstar’s Value Series comes in four models: T0130 and T1035 (1 heat, 1 cool, non-programmable or 5+2 day programmable); and T0140 and T1045 (2 heat, 1 cool heat pump, non-programmable or 5+2 day programmable), all of which are battery or system powered.
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Hyper Engineering Sure-Start Product Launch
Hyper Engineering is the manufacturer of the Sure-Start soft starter. Sure-Start is an electronic, software-driven soft starter that reduces the locked rotor amperage (LRA) by 70%. Sure-Start has the advantage to start some of the toughest compressors and motors under extreme power conditions. Some of these applications are in backup generators, compressors, heat pumps, solar power, geothermal, marine, and military. Sure-Start can be an OEM built-in feature or an after-market add-on. In all these applications, Sure-Start has increased the effectiveness and performance of the OEM’s equipment. Sure-Start also has the advantage of assisting in the prevention of “brown-outs” caused by the increased use of HVACR equipment during peak periods.
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RIDGID Adds News Levels, Tape Measures to Product Line-Up
RIDGID introduces new additions to its hand tools product line-up for mechanical contractors: the RIDGID aluminum machined levels and locking steel tape measures.

The four new aluminum machined levels — 4-vial aluminum machined torpedo level (model 400UM), 5-vial aluminum machined torpedo level (model 500UM), 5-vial aluminum machined laser level (model 800LMI), and u-shape, v-groove 10-function aluminum machined level (model F-10)— are heavy duty and lightweight, making them able to stand up to tough job conditions, while remaining easy to carry.

The oversized vials are also easy to read, even in dark working areas. Additionally, the levels are equipped with an extra vial to provide more leveling functions and accuracy.

The RIDGID locking steel tape measures are designed with a comfortable grip on a heavy-duty tape measure structure. The durable tape measures are available in 16-ft. (model 616) or 25-ft. (model 325) versions.

The tape measures are equipped with a rubber case that has stainless steel caps and provides grip traction in wet conditions. The extra-wide (1 1/16-in.) measuring blade is easy to read, nylon coated and abrasion resistant.
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Versatec Base from WaterFurnace Delivers Value in a Compact Water Source Heat Pump
The new Versatec Base from WaterFurnace International, Inc., combines high efficiency and value-added features in a compact water source heat pump for water loop and geothermal applications.

The Versatec Base model exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 efficiencies, while using R410A refrigerant. Available in a wide selection of capacities (018-070 MBtuh output), the heat pump offers unmatched application flexibility, in both retrofit and new construction project, company sources state.

Units feature a reciprocating single-capacity compressor paired with a PSC blower motor to provide high efficiency while ensuring quiet operation and a wide range of airflow selections. Optional X13 and variable-speed electronically commutated motors (ECM 2.3) are also available for improved efficiency and comfort.
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Superior Radiant Products: Choices in Two-Stage Infrared Heaters
SRP offers flexibility with two models of two stage gas-fired infrared tube heaters to best suit application requirements. Series TA/T/TXR is designed for heavy duty commercial and industrial use. Available in rates from 40,000 to 220,000 btu/hr., lengths from 10- to 70-ft., natural gas or LPG. The jet stream burner design maximizes radiant output and is combined with 100% efficient parabolic aluminum reflectors to provide optimal energy efficiency and comfort.

The unique Series LT/LTX/LTXR two stage infrared heaters are designed for low clearance applications. The principle advantage is the softening of the radiant output over a much longer length of tube with an end-to-end variance of less than 15% and remarkable bottom clearance of only 36-in. Available in rates from 40,000 to 100,000 BTU/h, lengths from 30- to 50-ft., natural gas or LPG.

All two-stage units include a Hi-Low output capability allowing for quicker recovery on the high fire and economical steady operation on the low fire. SRP says end-users can save 20% to 50% in fuel by using infrared radiant heating.
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