Manufacturers Eager to Show Products

March 27, 2006
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This year is going to be the biggest expo floor in ACCA’s history, as there will be over 150 booths featuring many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Contractors coming to the 2006 Indoor Air Expo, being held in conjunction with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's (ACCA's) annual convention, will get the opportunity to learn all about the new product offerings from over 150 exhibitors.

And the record number of manufacturers are more than eager to show off the new equipment and services each brings to the San Jose Conference Center.

American Standard and Trane, for instance, are champing at the bit to show off their respective new home air filtering systems. For American Standard, it's AccuClean. Trane's system is CleanEffects.

According to Jamie Byrne, American Standard's vice president of sales, AccuClean removes up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns - 1/300th the diameter of a human hair - from its very first use.

AccuClean can be installed in new systems, or as an upgrade to American Standard systems installed up to 10 years ago. Later this year, the manufacturer said it expects to launch a version that can be retrofitted onto competitor's systems.

According to Byrne and American Standard, AccuClean's exclusive advantage is a patented intense field dielectric, or "ifD," technology, designed to catch more particles with more consistency. In fact, they claim it to be twice as efficient.

According to the company, AccuClean's field charger has a lattice of large holes through which all system air and airborne particles pass. Centered in each opening is an ion-emitting needle, instead of the ionizing wires used in other electronic air cleaners. It said each AccuClean needle creates a cone-shaped, intense 24-volt electric field, designed to deliver a strong, consistent charge throughout the opening, catching even the smallest particle.

REAL WORLD TESTED

Meanwhile, Trane (www.trane.com) said its CleanEffectsâ„¢ system is "real world" tested. A battery of tests conducted by Environmental Health and Engineering Inc. (EH&E) of Newton, Mass., took place under real-world conditions in a 1,350-square-foot test home. According to Trane, testers used standard air test measuring methods to determine how well each device cleaned a variety of airborne particles common to American households including fine road dust, particles from cooking and tobacco smoke, as well as biological particles, such as pollen, mold spores, and pet dander.

These tests pitted Trane's CleanEffects against five other air cleaning devices, representing the most common filtering methods. These included a 1-inch disposable filter, which is used in 85 percent of American homes; a 5-inch pleated filter; a standard whole-house electronic air cleaner, typically installed in the ducts of a forced air furnace or air handler; a plug-in HEPA-type room air cleaner; and an in-room-type air cleaner.

Based on the results of hundreds of separate tests, EH&E said CleanEffects did significantly better than any of the other devices at removing airborne particles and spores from the filtered air. It said CleanEffects also was the fastest at removing various particles and also had, by far, the highest "whole-house clean air delivery rate (CADR)," meaning it cleaned more air faster than any other tested device.

In addition, Trane said it plans to feature its XL19i line of air conditioners and heat pumps at the Indoor Air Expo. The new line can provide energy efficiency ratings up to 19.50 SEER, it said. The XL19i has dual Climatuff® compressors and a variable-speed outdoor fan motor. In the eyes of the manufacturer, it's like getting two energy-saving systems in one - "a compelling sales advantage with today's rising energy costs."

The exclusive, all-aluminum Spine Finâ„¢ coil is designed to provide very low airflow resistance, greater heat exchanging capabilities, and more resistance to formicary corrosion and leaks. The company said its premium styling blends well with today's most popular exterior architectural details. Baked-on powder paint that covers all louvered panels uniformly is designed to increase protection from rust and corrosion. It said it has designed quick access to all electrical and refrigeration components for fast installation and service, including easy coil cleaning.

Trane provides a 10-year limited warranty on the XL19i's compressors, coil, and all functional parts.

Contractors coming to the 2006 Indoor Air Expo will get the opportunity to learn all about the new product offerings from over 150 exhibitors.

ALSO AT THE EXPO

Here is a quick look at what some other manufacturers will be featuring at the Indoor Air Expo:

  • Bryant - The manufacturer plans to display its new Hybrid Heat Systemâ„¢, its latest indoor air quality (IAQ) products, and its new 13 to 20 SEER cooling platform, featuring the Evolution Systemâ„¢. Bryant said it would also feature highlights from its 2006 National Dealer Convention, held recently in Las Vegas.

  • McQuay - McQuay said a representative will be on hand to discuss any issues or opportunities attendees might have regarding the company's products. It said its display will feature graphics on McQuay's line of air conditioning products.

  • Carrier - The manufacturer plans to feature its new Hybrid Heat Systemâ„¢, the Infinityâ„¢ Remote Access, and the latest in IAQ products, including the Infinityâ„¢ Air Purifier. Other products on display will include its standby generators; hybrid small-packaged products; base, comfort, performance, and Infinity air conditioner units; and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • York - The Unitary Products Group of York – a Johnson Controls Company, plans to feature its new MicroChannel MiniCube [mc2], which it labels "the smallest 13 SEER product in the industry." Other offerings will be the Affinityâ„¢ modulating gas furnace and Affinity 8T air conditioner, which contains college logo panels. Meanwhile, Luxaire will showcase its Acclimateâ„¢ 5T air conditioner and 80 percent variable-speed Acclimate furnace, while Coleman will spotlight the Echelonâ„¢ 5T air conditioner and Echelon variable-speed air handler.

  • Lennox Industries - Lennox said it will feature several home comfort products, including the Humiditrol® whole-home dehumidification system, which is designed to reduce humidity "for optimal air quality." Other products to be featured include the Dave Lennox Signatureâ„¢ Collection XC21 air conditioner and G61V variable-speed gas furnace with SilentComfortâ„¢ technology "for the ultimate in quiet, consistent cooling and heating." The new Elite® Series G50E gas furnace will also be featured in its booth.

  • ICP - International Comfort Products said it will show its new lines of 13 to 18 SEER Tempstar®, Heil®, Comfortmaker®, and Arcoaire® brand residential split-system air conditioners and heat pumps that "are tougher, quieter and easier to install, service and sell than ever before." It will also feature its new mainline split-system models that are backed by ICP's "No Hassle Replacement" limited warranties.

  • Rheem - Rheem Manufacturing, Air Conditioning Division, said it will showcase its family of 13 through 18 SEER outdoor products that are protected "by the toughest steel and lowest profile cabinet available with easiest service access." New advanced microprocessor technology will be introduced that is designed to perform system diagnostics and function monitoring on select 13 through 18 SEER models. On hand will be new 13 SEER models, designed to give contractors a choice between R-22 and R-410A refrigerants. The company will round off its exhibit with three all new air handlers with four efficiency levels and a new N-coil. It will also have some light commercial offerings.

    Sidebar: A List of Exhibitors

    Below is a list of exhibitors and booth numbers for the Indoor Air Expo:

    A.O. Smith, Electrical Products Co. - 417

    ACHR NEWS - 717

    Aeris USA - 133

    Air Advice - 721

    Aire Service Heating and Cooling - 631

    Airtec - 402

    AirTime 500 - 709

    AirXchange - 207

    Aligo - 714

    American Finco - 429

    American Hermetics - 710

    American Standard - D

    Aprilaire - 105-107

    Arzel Zoning Technology - 314-316

    Atco Rubber Products - 102

    Baker Distributing Co. - 407

    BraeburnSystems LLC - 305

    Brainerd Compressors - 118

    Bristol Compressors - 207

    Broan-Nutone LLC - 307

    Bryant - E

    Building Performance Institute - 120

    Capital One Home Improvement Finance - 433

    Cardservice Mobile Solutions - 332

    Carmel Financial - 127

    Carrier - M

    Cintas - 506

    Citi Financial Retail Services - 503

    Classic Grills - 431

    Collier Consulting Group - 606

    Comfort Institute - 632

    Commerciant - 629

    Contracting Business - 701

    Cooper-Atkins Corp. - 312

    Daikin AC (Americas) Inc. - L

    Danfoss - 600

    Data-Basics Inc. - 228

    Davis Business Solutions - 732

    Dealer Financial Services - 514

    Discrete Wireless Inc. - 725

    Diversitech Corp. - 703

    Duct Busters - 713

    Dynamic Air Quality Solutions - 404-406

    EWC Controls - 200

    E Z Trap Slimduct - 303

    Elite Software - 400

    Emerson Climate Technologies-Copeland - 211-215

    Ensemble LLC - 729-731

    Enterprise Fleet Services - 602

    Envirotek Healthy Living Systems - 306

    Equiguard Inc. - 727

    Excellence Alliance - 427

    Fantech Inc. - 510

    GE Consumer Finance - 611

    GE ECM by Regal-Beloit - H

    General Filters - 715

    Goodman Manufacturing - K

    HARDI - 413

    Heatcraft - 415

    Hudson Ink - 615

    HVAC Excellence - 126

    IAPMO - 114

    ICP - I

    Jackson Systems - 501

    Johnstone Supply - 130

    L G Electronics - 230-232

    Lennox Industries - G

    Lux Products Corp. - 512

    M.A.R.S. Workwear - 627

    MAP Communications - 117

    McQuay International - 705

    Metis/America Marketing - 116

    Mitsubishi Electric - 633

    Monster VAC - 128

    NATE - 716

    National Air Duct Cleaners Association - 131

    National Comfort Institute - 206

    Nordyne - F

    Nova Information Systems - 104

    Nu-Calgon - 310

    One Hour Air Conditioning Franchising - 528-532

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. - 129

    Parker Hannifin Corp. - 613

    Peerless Boilers - 533

    Profit Strategies - 712

    Quietflex Manufacturing - 103

    Quietside/Samsung - 202-204

    Reflective Inc. - 217

    Rheem Manufacturing - C

    S2000 Field Service Solutions - 301

    Service Automation Inc. - 101

    SNIPS Magazine - 717

    Stargate International Inc. - 216

    TAC – Tour Andover Controls - 604

    The Energy Conservatory - 617

    Therma-Stor LLC - 233

    Tidewater Credit Services - 711

    Trane - B

    True Wireless – Sprint Nextel - 726

    Turbo Air - 526

    Unico Inc. - 707

    Visible Defects - 226

    Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services - 516

    Wrightsoft Corp. - 505-507

    York UPG - A

    Zone-A-Trol - 411

    Publication date: 03/27/2006

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