Take a closer look at the leading sustainable HVACR products.
1. Armstrong Fluid Technology Design Envelope 4300 Pump
Pump up energy savings with this new series of Design Envelope End-Suction Pumps. Armstrong Fluid Technology’s high-performance pumps in the 1 to 10 hp range feature a new and improved design with upgraded hydraulics and smart motor technology. The pumps also offer space-saving installation; the vertical motor positioning requires up to 60% less floor space than other pumps.
The new pumps’ vertical in-line design reduces piping requirements while eliminating the need for inertia bases, housekeeping pads, and flex connectors. And the offerings are greener, too, saving up to 75% in energy over traditional constant speed or variable frequency operated pumps. This pipe-mounted pumping unit also provides wireless connectivity, integrated controls, on-board web services, and connected performance management services. You can enhance energy performance and boost energy savings over time by utilizing real-time updates and insights.
Its split-coupling design makes for easy seal service without removal of a pump or motor. You can also visit the Armstrong Fluid Technology website to try out the ROI calculator to see how this product will work for you. armstrongfluidtechnology.com
2. Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH High-Lift Compressor
Danfoss’ Turbocor TTH/TGH high-lift compressor is the world’s first oil-free centrifugal compressor, achieving high efficiency for water-cooled, evaporative cooled, and air-cooled HVAC installations.
With magnetic bearings, two-stage centrifugal compression, a variable-speed permanent magnet motor, and smart electronic controls, this compressor is not only sustainable, but also compact, lightweight, and quiet. Instead of the commonly used positive displacement compressors, the TTH and TGH high-lift compressors give chiller manufacturers a high-efficiency product to use for air-cooled chillers, heat recovery, and water-to-water heat pumps. Manufacturers can increase load efficiency and lower sound without degrading the compressor’s performance.
The Turbocor TTH/TGH high-lift compressor also has low vibration, reduced maintenance, and low-GWP refrigerant options. With a small carbon footprint, this compressor is an environmentally friendly, efficient solution that complies with evolving building regulations and standards. The Turbocor TTH/TGH high-lift compressor won the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards in the green building category. danfoss.com
3. OmegaFlex MediTrac Corrugated Medical Gas Tubing
OmegaFlex recently introduced the world’s first corrugated medical gas tubing for the health care industry. Why care? Because it revolutionizes gas installation in settings like hospitals, according to Kevin Hoben, CEO of OmegaFlex, a global manufacturer of metal hose products. “Copper tubing has always been costly and time-consuming to install, with countless brazed sections and elbow joints that make a system vulnerable to leaks and contamination. MediTrac comes in one long length so it eliminates hot work, and its unique design makes it easy to bend as needed to fit a space.”
It’s great for renovations, it’s cost-efficient, and it reduces the risk of contamination, Hoben says. “The lifeblood of any manufacturing company is new products,” he adds, calling MediTrac one of the most important products in the industry in decades.
Unlike traditional copper tubing, MediTrac’s semi-rigid, corrugated design allows it to be installed in a single length and routed as needed. It’s made from a copper alloy and includes a fire-retardant jacket. It can be used to distribute medical air, oxygen, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and medical vacuum. The product connects with all K, L, and DWV medical tubing, handles up to 185 psi, and is sold in sizes from one-half to two inches in diameter. meditrac.co.il
4. Rinnai M-Series Condensing Gas Boiler
Rinnai’s new M-Series Condensing Gas Boiler is greener than conventional heating units. Rather than losing heat by venting it into the atmosphere, this gas boiler recovers discharged heat and returns it to the self-cleaning stainless steel heat exchanger for higher efficiency.
The new boiler model features an improved heat engine with new burner technology, decreased emissions, greater reliability, and a faster response time. Its fully modulating boiler pump utilizes only as much energy as needed. This condensing gas boiler has one of the highest AFUEs (annual fuel utilization efficiency) in the industry, a wider heating output range, and more hot water output.
The new design also includes an intuitive controller icon and text display. Similar to Rinnai’s new Sensei Tankless Water Heater, the condensing gas boiler features innovative ventilation options for even more venting flexibility. And boiler maintenance has never been easier. Rinnai relocated all service points to the front-left side of the unit for easy access. rinnai.us
5. Distech Controls (Acuity Brands Lighting) HORYZON-C
Manage your HVAC system in color. Distech Controls recently launched HORYZON-C, an IP-based, multi-touch color display that allows users to monitor an HVAC system’s operating and comfort parameters.
Enhancing productivity is what Distech does best. HORYZON’s innovative tools can increase installation and commissioning efficiency by more than 25%. HORYZON allows users to quickly and easily monitor their facility’s HVAC systems, while customizing the platform for their unique needs. Instant alarm notifications and system alerts can help you take corrective actions even faster. With enhanced browsing capabilities, this new product features auto-login capabilities and highly responsive, user-friendly web environments.
HORIZON-C uses ENVYSION, Distech’s web-based graphic interface, which helps cut back on time and costs—essentially, a user can design the interface once and then use it everywhere. All you need to do is plug in the display and start monitoring. HORYZON’s installation is quick and easy with an intuitive setup assistant. Providing green innovations and smarter energy management solutions, Distech Controls, a subsidiary of Acuity Brands Lighting, optimizes sustainability, reduces energy usage, and delivers quality and comfort. distech-controls.com
6. Emerson Copeland Scroll Two-Stage Compressor
Emerson offers award-winning cooling solutions. As the winner of the 2018 AHR Expo’s innovation award in the cooling category, the Copeland Scroll Two-Stage Compressor provides enhanced temperature and humidity control to optimize comfort. Emerson redesigned its latest line of two-stage compressors for higher performance in residential and commercial air conditioning systems. The new technology is optimized for energy efficiency rebates with improved full-load and part-load performance up to 5%.
The two-stage compressor operates at full capacity, or approximately 65%, which keeps humidity in check while lessening energy consumption. Internal bypass ports allow the compressor to run at part-load capacity when demand is low. When demand for cooling increases, the modulation control valve activates, sealing the bypass and automatically switching to full capacity.
Homeowners can now make partial replacements without needing to replace their entire heating and cooling system thanks to the new add-on modulation control. This control also includes built-in CoreSense technology, enabling expanded comfort options. climate.emerson.com
7. Bosch Ductless Minisplit System
Bosch Ductless Minisplit System can help lower your energy costs and improve home comfort with no ductwork required. The ENERGY STAR–rated ductless minisplit system from Bosch can be used for any size area—from a single-zone system for individual rooms to a multi-zone system for up to five rooms in your home. The system also includes indoor air handlers that can be automatically programmed with a 24-hour timer or adjusted with a remote control.
Minisplits give you the selection of heating or cooling only the rooms you use the most, offering even more energy savings. With easy installation and maintenance, the Bosch minisplit also has an easily accessible integrated multi-part filter system. On top of that, the built-in self-cleaning function gets rid of moisture and contaminants to guarantee healthier air. By using efficient inverter drive technology, the minisplit system achieves consistent temperature and humidity levels throughout the space.
The smart indoor unit can also detect the area’s temperature and automatically adjusts the fan speed for ultimate comfort. The turbo mode amps up the cooling power to quickly reach the desired temperature. To create a comfortable environment in any room, this minisplit system has a silent mode to help minimize noise distractions and give you a better night’s sleep. bosch-climate.us
8. Rheem Ultra Low NOx Furnace
Rheem’s new gas furnace is an environmental game changer when it comes to having cleaner, healthier air. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) produces smog and acid rain, which causes adverse health effects and negatively impacts the environment. Rheem’s new Ultra Low NOx Gas Furnace with 80% AFUE will decrease NOx emissions by 65% from the current standard.
The Rheem product is the first residential gas-fired furnace certified by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for Rule 1111. SCAQMD established the California mandate to reduce NOx in natural gas-fired, fan-type central furnaces from 40 nanograms per joule to 14 nanograms per joule.
Over the last five years, Rheem’s engineers and product developers have been working to lower furnace NOx emissions. And now, they’ve succeeded. A recent source test demonstrated that the new furnace model performed significantly below the NOx emissions limit at all stages of firing, especially during start-up. This high-efficiency furnace will first be available in 2018. It also features a 10-year warranty for conditional parts and a 20-year warranty for its heat exchanger. rheem.com
9. Chemours Opteon XP44 (R-452A) Refrigerant
Chemours is a world leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and efficient, safe chemical solutions. The company’s Opteon XP44 (R-452A) refrigerant is a hydrofluoroolefin-based “drop in” alternative for R-404A—it can be used in both new equipment and retrofits of existing refrigeration systems.
As a non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, Opteon XP44 is a greener option for commercial refrigeration and chillers. It’s also safer and more environmentally responsible, with about half the GWP of most refrigerants used today. Opteon XP44 was the 2018 winner of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards in the refrigeration category. It provides a near-match to the compressor discharge temperature and mass flow rate of R-404A, eliminating the need for thermal expansion valve adjustments.
Opteon XP44 has been approved and adopted by leading equipment manufacturers and is compatible with existing equipment design and lubricants. This non-flammable blend that can be topped off after leaks is suitable for transport refrigeration, like low- and medium-temperature refrigerated trucks, vans, and reefer containers and direct expansion chillers. Compressor cooling can be difficult to manage in transport refrigeration, but XP44’s low compressor discharge temperature is a significant asset for managing a range of conditions. chemours.com
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