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Products That Break the Energy Star Barrier

February 6, 2012
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The goal of Energy Star, which is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is to help consumers save money and protect the environment through the use of energy-efficient products. The HVAC products shown here have earned the Energy Star label by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines, which Energy Star states will enhance the comfort of a home while saving energy.

Amana
www.amana-hac.com

The AMVM96 modulating gas furnace, with its self-calibrating, modulating gas valve and variable-speed blower, delivers precise heating performance, circulating air quietly and cost-effectively throughout the home. The 96 percent AFUE AMVM96 uses an advanced modulating gas valve that operates on a two-stage or single-stage thermostat and is compatible with the ComfortNet™ communications system. System performance is continuously monitored with the ComfortNet control to obtain the ideal balance of indoor temperature and humidity. The furnace also features the SureStart® silicon nitride igniter and a variable-speed ECM circulation motor that gently ramps up or down according to demand.

American Standard
www.americanstandardair.com

The single-stage Gold XI furnace provides efficient and affordable heating for the home. Boasting a 95 percent AFUE rating and an X13 high efficiency blower motor, the Gold XI furnace may qualify for rebates and incentives that call out ECM or high-efficiency as a requirement. The multispeed blower motor, along with a durable, heavy steel insulated cabinet, ensures quiet and efficient operation.

Arcoaire
www.goarcoaire.com

The new line of mainline 96 percent plus gas furnaces feature a simple but reliable gas valve, a proven Rigid Press Joint (RPJ®) heat exchanger, and dependable silicon nitride hot surface ignitors. VC 97 and VT 96 models are built with stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers. These new gas furnaces are shorter and lighter than previous counterparts and designed for four-way multi-position installation with at least 12 different venting options to meet the needs of virtually any installation. Cabinet edges are hemmed to give installers safer and easier handholds for lifting the furnaces.

Bosch
www.bosch-climate.us

The TA Series of two-stage high-efficiency geothermal heat pumps offers flexible installation applications including vertical, horizontal, counter-flow, and split system configurations from 2 to 6 tons. The unit’s precision engineering and quality cabinet construction require less energy consumption while providing precise heating and cooling for many applications. With less energy consumption, homeowners can achieve savings of nearly 60 percent over traditional HVAC systems, said the company. The TA Series is equipped with a proprietary heavy-gauge steel base pan that floats on a unique high-density, visco-elastic material; this ensures minimum operational noise and peace of mind for the homeowner.

Bryant
www.bryant.com

The Evolution® 987M is a fully modulating gas furnace with load matching performance. A modulating gas valve is capable of adjusting from 40 to 100 percent of capacity, enabling lower speeds over longer periods of time for optimum energy efficiency. The unit is managed by the Evolution control, which helps homeowners optimize their comfort while lowering operating costs. In addition, this new furnace is built with variable-speed ECM inducer and blower motors that aid in quieter operation and customized comfort. The units are easier to install and service because of the easy access condensate trap, a front-facing igniter attachment, and two-door access with quarter-turn knobs.

Carrier
www.carrier.com

The Infinity 20 heat pump with Greenspeed intelligence features cooling efficiencies of up to 20 SEER and variable-speed compressor technology. The new heat pump adjusts its output within a range of up to 40 to 100 percent of capacity to match the heating or cooling requirements of a home. The Infinity 20 heat pump is capable of providing warmer leaving air when outdoor temperatures fall into the teens, and the variable-speed capability with Greenspeed intelligence provides superior comfort, cooling, and dehumidification, said the company. As the heat pump cools, it is able to achieve optimal humidity comfort levels without the help of auxiliary equipment in most homes, saving homeowners money.

Century
www.century-hvac.com

The GLUB single stage gas furnace is just 34 inches high, fitting easily through doorways and up and down stairs. Rated at 95% AFUE, the GLUB extracts nearly all of the heat output from each cubic foot of gas for comfort and significant fuel savings. The model, which comes in 45,000 to 105,000 Btuh models, features a stainless steel primary heat exchanger that’s resistant to corrosion and thermal fatigue, as well as a secondary heat exchanger; both are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. A four-speed ECM blower motor delivers warm air quietly and efficiently, while electronic ignition eliminates a standing pilot light.

Comfort-Aire
www.comfort-aire.com

The GTUV Series gas furnace features two-stage models rated at 95 percent AFUE, as well as ECM blower motors that run at a wide variety of speeds for exceptional efficiency and quiet operation, said the company. The result is constant airflow through a wide variety of ductwork conditions for even temperatures and improved IAQ. The furnaces come in capacities ranging from 45,000 to 105,000 Btuh, and features include two heat exchangers, an integrated control board, a permanent washable filter, and a two-stage gas valve. The furnace includes a lifetime warranty on heat exchangers and 12-year warranty on other parts (some limitations apply).

Comfortmaker
www.gocomfortmaker.com

SoftSound® 96 percent-plus AFUE gas furnaces feature models with stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers. The new line of gas furnaces is only 35 inches tall for easier installation in tight places, and the blower motor is attached with soft-mount rubber grommets that absorb sound and vibration. All SoftSound models have an insulated heat exchanger and blower compartments to muffle sound and absorb vibration noise. These new gas furnaces have cabinet edges that are hemmed to give installers safer and easier handholds for lifting the furnaces and are designed for four-way multi-position installation, with at least 12 different venting options.

Day & Night
www.godayandnight.com

Constant Comfort™ 96 percent-plus AFUE gas furnaces feature models with stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers. The new furnaces are equipped with dependable, easy-to-troubleshoot gas valves and torture-tested silicon nitride hot surface ignitors, as well as Rigid Press Joint (RPJ®) heat exchangers. A tight-fit door latch system features large knobs that allow service technicians to remove and replace furnace doors with a twist of the wrist. These new gas furnaces are also designed for four-way multi-position installation, with at least 12 different venting options to meet the needs of virtually any installation.

Goodman
www.goodmanmfg.com

The DSZ18 heat pump features up to 18 SEER and 9.5 HSPF energy efficiency, as well as a two-stage Copeland® UltraTech scroll compressor to improve temperature and humidity control. When controlled using the compatible ComfortNet™ communications system, the heat pump is continuously monitored to reach an ideal balance between indoor temperature and humidity. The two-speed condenser fan motor allows the outdoor fan to run more often at a lower speed, and a compact footprint, plus maintenance access through both top and side panels, provide installers options. A steel louver coil guard, baked-on powder paint coating, and rust-resistant screws add durability.

Heil
www.goheil.com

A new line of QuietComfort® 96%-plus AFUE gas furnaces feature models with stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers. The blower motor of the new furnaces is attached with soft-mount rubber grommets that absorb sound and vibration. QuietComfort models have insulated heat exchanger and blower compartments to muffle sound and absorb vibration noise. The units stand only 35 inches tall, and 80 MBtuh models are only 17.5 inches wide, while the 100 MBtuh models – with up to 5 tons of cooling airflow – are only 21 inches wide. The cabinet edges are hemmed to give installers safer and easier handholds for lifting the furnaces.

Nordyne
www.iqdrive.net

Rated at up to 22 SEER and 10 HSPF, the iQ Drive heat pump is almost 70 percent more efficient in cooling than a standard heat pump system, and so quiet, it’s hard to tell if it’s running, according to the company. The iQ Drive heat pump uses inverter technology to achieve high efficiency levels. The unit can modulate anywhere from 40 to 118 percent of capacity, instantly adjusting to exactly offset the demands on the home. iQ Drive heat pumps are available in 2, 3, and 4 tons and in the Maytag, Broan, Frigidaire, NuTone, Tappan, and Westinghouse brands.

Nordyne
www.heynordyne.com

The iQ Drive® modulating gas furnace creates constant, quiet comfort that’s 97 percent efficient and higher. This modulating furnace maintains very tight temperature control by adjusting its percent of firing to exactly offset the heating demands on the home. The furnace analyzes the indoor temperature every 60 seconds and adjusts its percentage of firing accordingly – from between 100 to 50 percent with the gas valve and down to 15 percent with time proportioning through the thermostat. These modulating furnaces are available in 60,000 to 120,000 Btuh capacities and in the Maytag, Broan, Frigidaire, NuTone, Tappan, and Westinghouse brands.

Rheem/Ruud
www.rheem.com
www.ruud.com

The Rheem Prestige Series RASL-JEC and the Ruud Ultra Series UASL-JEC model condensing units achieve efficiencies up to 19.5 SEER and 14 EER and offer the advanced Comfort Control2 System (CC2S) as a standard feature. The CC2S provides 28 onboard diagnostic codes and fault history codes by detecting system and electrical problems. For instance, the CC2S Active Protection™ feature with homeowner “call for service” notification sends an alert to the thermostat if a service issue arises which notifies homeowners to call their contractor. Diagnostic messaging with full communicating capability provides the HVAC professional with dependable information for faster, more accurate service.

Tempstar
www.gotempstar.com

The SmartComfort® 96 percent plus AFUE gas furnaces feature models with stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers. These new furnaces feature a sealed blower compartment, and insulated heat exchanger and blower compartments to muffle sound and absorb vibration noise. At 35 inches tall, the furnaces are easy to install in tight places, and the four-way multi-position design includes downflow installation with pipes routed inside the cabinet. A new condensate trap stays inside the furnace in all positions. Cabinet and door edges are folded and hemmed for easier handling. They are available in heating capacities from 40 to 120 MBtuh and cooling capacities from 1 ½ to 5 tons.

Trane
www.trane.com

The XT95 features an AFUE of up to 95 percent and a high-efficiency blower motor that provides a consistent flow of warm, comfortable air, while operating quietly and efficiently, said the company. Materials for all components are tested for long-lasting performance and reliability. Other features include self-diagnostic microelectronic controller; durable adaptive silicon nitride hot surface igniter; sealed combustion with a 100 percent outside air option; enclosed burner box; multi-port, in-shot burners; one-piece heat exchanger with no welds; and a pre-painted galvanized steel cabinet. Upflow models have hinged blower doors, easy-open door latches, and spring-loaded filter rack.

York
www.yorkhvacdealer.com

The Affinity 18 Series features a high-tech, two-stage compressor that makes the unit 60 percent more efficient and four times as quiet, according to the company. A swept-wing fan design contributes to the unit’s whisper-quiet operation by allowing air to flow smoothly and efficiently across the fan tips, and a low rpm fan motor reduces noise levels even further. Available in 2- to 5-ton capacities, the new Affinity heat pump is compatible with the Affinity Communicating Control to ensure maximum system efficiency and homeowner comfort. The heat pump can also be used with a standard thermostat, increasing the unit’s installation and replacement flexibility.

York
www.yorkhvacdealer.com

The Affinity™ modulating ECM gas furnace employs induced combustion, reliable hot surface ignition, and high heat transfer aluminized tubular heat exchangers to deliver up to 98 percent AFUE. The ECM circulates air for longer periods, which means fewer hot and cold spots and longer periods of air filtering, resulting in cleaner and more comfortable air. The ECM also contributes to the furnace’s quiet operation – as low as 47 dB. Comfort is further enhanced by integrated controls that provide temperatures within ½ degree of the thermostat setpoint, ensuring precise modulation of the gas valve, from 35 to 100 percent in 100 increments.

Publication date: 02/06/2012

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