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Tech Update: July 2013 Commercial & Residential HVAC Controls

July 2, 2013
Commercial HVAC Fire & Smoke Controls and Residential HVAC Controls and Thermostats, Zone and Solar Controls


Loren Cook Cook power roof and wall ventilators provide maximum performance and durability in a wide
variety of commercial and industrial air moving applications. Exhaust applications include general ventilation, fume-hood, paint booth and smoke control systems.

• AC unit top cap assembly is designed to provide weather protection for the motor and drive components while maintaining easy, tool free access for inspection and maintenance.

• Standard lifting lugs, located under the top cap, provide for safe, fast and efficient lifting of the unit to a rooftop.

• One piece fan base, which includes a high-efficiency inlet venturi and continuously welded curb cap corners, ensures weathertight conditions.      circle 153

Ruskin The Ruskin Inspector  consists of a Panel PC, UPS and pre-loaded software. The system communicates with damper interfaces to provide intelligent monitoring of motorized dampers and manual fire dampers. The data network cabling enables substantial reduction in costs when compared with conventional systems.

The Panel PC is supplied with Ruskin Inspector software and operates on an extremely user friendly embedded platform. The server architecture delivers new benefits such as reduced commissioning time, ease of configuration, simplified operation and automatic scheduled damper testing.    circle 154


American StandardHeating & Air Conditioning The new American Standard Silver XM Control provides precise control and robust features to keep
homeowners comfortable. With an interactive touchscreen, upgradeable software, a seven-day programmable schedule, Energy Savings Mode (ESM) and maintenance reminders, this Nexia™ Home Intelligence compatible control allows users to manage home comfort needs from anywhere they happen to circle 155

Controls Group 
North America
Controls Group North America (CGNA) announces the development of their new website set to launch this summer.

The website will serve as the communication hub and information resource for distributor members to connect with one another and use the largest HVACR inventory in the world, with more than 2.5 million parts, sources say. It has been designed to create the ultimate user experience with improved functionality and navigation, allowing members to access detailed product announcements and information, industry videos, webinars, group programs, and industry events. Members can also take advantage of the private CGNA graphic design and marketing library to help promote their products more effectively.      circle 156

Emerson White-Rodgers launches a new addition to its Emerson thermostat line, the Emerson Inspire™ Universal four-Wire thermostat system. The new model 1HDEZ-1521 will easily upgrade single stage applications to premium high-efficiency systems using the existing four wires and also provide several benefits to contractors that make installation, configuring and future servicing a snap.

The configuration tool in the kit allows contractors to complete all of the system wiring, configuration and system verification at the furnace, eliminating multiple trips up and down the stairs.   circle 157

Goodman Packed with features such as portable comfort control, wireless indoor and outdoor sensors,
wireless humidity control and Total Connect Comfort Services, the ComfortNet™ CTK03 communicating system with RedLINK™ technology gives homeowners and light commercial users complete control and monitoring over indoor comfort.

Interview-based programming in the entire ComfortNet control line can ask homeowners questions like “what time do you wake up?” then program accordingly.

On-screen help guides homeowners to make ideal indoor comfort decisions, while automatic diagnostics provide alerts in advance to resolve HVAC system problems before they turn into a loss of cooling or heating.     circle 158

Mitsubishi Electric With the new meZO (Mitsubishi Electric Zone) controller app for iPhone and iPod Touch, users can now control Mitsubishi Electric systems remotely.

Using a Wi-Fi connection or Mobile Service 3G network, the meZO controller app enables users to control CITY MULTI VRF zoning systems and Mr. Slim split-ductless and ducted units connected to the Mitsubishi Electric Network (M-NET) and controlled from one of Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary centralized controllers.

The meZO controller app allows users to monitor the zone temperature, turn the indoor unit on or off, and set the mode, temperature, fan speed and vane direction, all without having to be on-site.         circle 159

Nest Meet the 2nd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s compatible with 95% of 24V systems and
has software designed to cater to high efficiency systems. True Radiant gives radiant customers even heat and a predictable schedule, Heat Pump Balance automatically helps heat pump customers save, and Airwave can dramatically reduce AC runtime up to 30%, sources say.

Customers can control Nest from their phone, tablet or laptop with a free app. They can turn up the AC, tweak their schedule or see their 10-day Energy History from anywhere.         circle 160

TraneHeating & Air Conditioning The Trane ComfortLink Control II is a powerful home comfort command center. It features a 7-in. high-definition color touchscreen and an easy-to-use interface that allows homeowners to monitor ongoing energy usage, check outdoor and indoor temperatures, track the local five-day forecast and radar, as well as set up severe weather alerts. When equipped with Nexia™ Home Intelligence, homeowners can remotely control their home comfort and security from wherever.

When not in use, the ComfortLink II Control can easily display a single photo or an entire slide show using a standard SD card.
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Venstar Venstar announce two new models to its acclaimed ColorTouch thermostat line.  ColorTouch can
now be purchased with a built-in humidity control.  This newest feature enables ColorTouch 
users to enjoy the ultimate in environmental comfort as the thermostat not only automatically controls temperature but humidity as well.  ColorTouch with humidity control works with the thermostat’s humidity sensor, which automatically detects changes in humidity in residential or commercial environments and adjusts the conditions via the humidification and HVAC  circle 162
WaterFurnace IntelliZone2 works in unison with Aurora controls to provide precise temperature in up to six separate zones when added to WaterFurnace’s 5 series and 7 series units, giving homeowners the ability to condition where and when they choose. Users can precisely regulate temperatures in multiple areas of a home using separate thermostats or sensors. Unique among zoning 
systems, IntelliZone2 is controlled from a color touch-screen thermostat. Its 4.3-in. display is aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. Units with Aurora controls provide support for precise energy monitoring. Homeowners can gain insight by monitoring yearly, monthly, weekly or daily analysis of a unit’s energy usage.waterfurnace.comcircle 163