Products Of The Year 2016: HVAC & Plumbing


USA_Multi改Multi-zone split system

The AOU45RLXFZ multi-zone split system is a high-efficiency, five-zone heat pump. The system permits connection of two to five indoor units to one outdoor condensing unit and offers operation of as much as 19.7 SEER and 10.3 HSPF. Users can control indoor units individually or use the optional central remote control. Wall-mounted, slim-duct, compact-cassette, or floor-mount indoor units in a variety of BTU/hr. sizes are available. Mix-and-match flexibility of evaporator type and capacity provide a choice of an indoor unit that best fits the application. Single-port evacuation aids installation time. No branch boxes or separation tube assemblies are required.

Fujitsu General America, Fairfield, NJ
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1612hvacpoy05pAir conditioning

The 360 Cassette air conditioner uses a booster fan that guides air to form a complete horizontal flow, generating multiple layers of chilled air. The circular air wave is said to consistently control room temperature by providing an even distribution of air across a 360-deg. range. Bladeless flow control ensures cooling without a cold draft. The unit has a panel display so users may change the air flow using settings that include horizontal, vertical, and separate zone-control air flow.

Samsung Electronics, Ridgefield Park, NJ
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1612hvacpoy03pHigh-efficiency condensing boilers

An enhanced line of SlimFit high-efficiency condensing gas boilers includes improved boiler-to-boiler communication, Modbus and BACnet for linking with building-automation systems, express set-up wizard, 10 pre-set typical heating systems, and updated controls interface for navigation, at-a-glance status, diagnostics, and troubleshooting. The boiler’s narrow housing offers maneuverability for confined spaces and weight-restricted areas. Units are factory assembled, allowing on-site plug-and-play installation. Five sizes from 550,000 to 2,000,000 BTU/hr. are available.

Weil-McLain, Burr Ridge, IL
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1612hvacpoy02pPre-insulated PEX pipe

The company’s pre-insulated PEX pipe includes insulation thicknesses to 2 in. to comply with the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Energy Code and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. Included are AquaPEX pipe for potable plumbing applications and Wirsbo hePEX oxygen-barrier pipe for hydronic heating and cooling applications. Products are available in coil lengths of 50, 75, or 100 ft.

Uponor, Apple Valley, MN
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1612hvacpoy04pNo-heat hand dryer

XLERATOReco hand dryer uses no-heat technology to dry hands in a reported 15 sec. using only 500 W. Units draw 4 1/2 amps or less so multiple units can be installed on one circuit. A noise-reduction nozzle and a HEPA filtration system are options.

Excel Dryer Inc., East Longmeadow, MA
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