Homeowners want to save money, which often also means saving energy when they purchase HVAC equipment. This leads consumers toward high-efficiency equipment. And, as time is money, as the saying goes, contractors want equipment that will not only satisfy their customers’ comfort needs, but will be easy to install and service, too, which ultimately saves technicians’ time, and the company money, on each job.
Two products — the 7 Series, Model 700A11 by WaterFurnace Intl. Inc., and Evergreen EM, Models 6103E, 6105E, 6107E, 6110E by Genteq, a division of Regal Beloit Corp. — earned the 2013 Dealer Design gold honor for their respective companies in the HVAC High-Efficiency Residential Equipment (16 SEER Plus A/C Equipment, 90 percent AFUE Furnaces) category.
The 7 Series 700A11 is a variable-capacity geothermal unit available for homeowners surpassing both 41 EER and 5.3 COP. The unit utilizes a soft-start variable-capacity compressor, in concert with a variable-speed ECM blower and variable-speed loop pump, which allows the unit to scale output to exactly the level needed, the company said. It can ramp down to 20 percent of normal operation for ultra-efficient conditioning or up to 130 percent output using SuperBoost™, for periods when extra cooling is needed. The 7 Series also utilizes Aurora, the next generation of controls, to continuously monitor and optimize operation. Aurora provides a platform of two-way communication between components, robust troubleshooting capabilities, and advanced communication protocols. This includes integration to home automation net-
works and whole-home energy monitoring.