Residential Heating Product Review

September 14, 2005
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Airease

Model: Advantage 80II (G2D80D) gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 17.5, 21, and 24.5 (w) by 40 (h)

Serviceability features: System Sentryâ„¢ control board features self-diagnostics and a nonvolatile memory to retain the last five trouble codes even when power is interrupted. Large, 1.5-inch blower door sightglass makes viewing diagnostics easier, the company says. Slide-out blower makes cleaning and service quick. Accessible igniter and flame sensor help simplify service and inspection. Can be installed as two-pipe system, bringing combustion air in from outdoors.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at 800-448-5872.

Technical materials: Install manuals, service manuals, product specific installation and service training CD/DVDs.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated cabinet; inshot burners and isolated combustion allow quiet operation in one- or two-pipe installations. Isolated combustion positions two layers of steel between combustion and the living space for sound dampening.

IAQ equipment supported: Control board is ready to control both a humidifier and electronic air cleaner. Field-selectable continuous fan speed allows operation of IAQ products year round. Factory supplied with filter and rack.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with industry thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many common components across the line. Industry-standard service components where possible.

Additional features: With the System Sentry control board, trouble codes are retained in nonvolatile memory, not affected by power interruptions. Converting from upflow to horizontal left or right requires no component rearrangement. Unit can be installed as two-pipe, bringing combustion air in from outdoors using PVC or ABS pipe, which can improve both combustion and IAQ.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 20-year limited heat exchanger. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Upflow/horizontal as well as downflow horizontal units available. Direction conversion requires no component moving. Unit can be installed as two-pipe, bringing combustion air in from outdoors using PVC or ABS pipe.

Contact: Airease, Bellevue, Ohio; attn: Ken Ely, 419-483-4840; 419-484-6531 (fax); ken.ely@aac-inc.com; www.airease.com.

eProduct #220

Amana

Model: AMV9 variable-speed gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 21 by 28 or 25 by 28

Serviceability features: Designed for multiposition installation. Multiple flame roll-out switches, blower door safety switch, outlet air-limit switch and pressure switch for proof of combustion air. Dual certified for single- or two-pipe installation. Convenient left or right connection for gas and electric service. Bottom or side air inlet, removable solid bottom.

Technical support: Available at 888-593-9988 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central time.

Technical materials: Installation and operator manual; spec sheet available from distributor.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower compartment. Two-stage variable-speed furnace runs mostly on low speed with lower blower noise, less burner noise, and less motor noise.

IAQ equipment supported: The two-stage variable-speed unit will run longer at lower air velocity, which makes filters more efficient, the company says. An "Auto-Comfort" mode is designed to enhance dehumidification and boost efficiency in cooling.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with any single- or two-stage thermostat.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares parts with most other models in the line.

Additional features: This is currently the only product line where all four models meet the minimum 95-percent AFUE in order to qualify for the $150 tax credit established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the company says.

Warranty information: Lifetime limited heat exchanger, five-year limited parts.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Amana, Houston; attn: Courtneye Barrett, 713-861-2500; 713-316-5582 (fax); courtneye.barrett@goodmanmfg.com; www.goodmanmfg.com.

eProduct #221

Model: APG 13-SEER packaged gas/electric unit

Footprint (inches): 25 by 47 by 51 and 43 by 47 by 51

Serviceability features: Patented Million-Airâ„¢ stainless steel tubular heat exchanger; liquid-line filter-drier; direct-spark ignition with diagnostics; horizontal or downflow applications; convenient access panels; fully insulated cabinet; one roof curb fits all sizes.

Technical support: Available at 888-593-9988 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time.

Technical materials: Installation instructions, specs sheet, and repair parts manual available.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower section.

IAQ equipment supported: Field-installed filter accessory kit and 25 percent outside air damper.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares many parts with other products in the Amana line.

Additional features: Manufacturer did not specify.

Warranty information: Limited lifetime tubular heat exchanger and compressor for residential installations, 10-year limited parts.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Amana, Houston; attn: Courtneye Barrett, 713-861-2500; 713-316-5582 (fax); courtneye.barrett@goodmanmfg.com; www.goodmanmfg.com.

eProduct #222

American Standard

Model: Freedom 80 variable-speed oil furnace

Footprint (inches): Manufacturer did not specify.

Serviceability features: Comfort Râ„¢ technology.

Technical support: Contact local distributor.

Technical materials: Installer's guide, service facts, product data, consumer literature, and owner's use and care manual.

Noise-reduction features: Insulated blower compartment.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with all split sub-base heat-cool thermostats or nonsplit sub-base thermostats with an isolation relay.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares components with PSC blower models.

Additional features: 13-ga hot-rolled-steel heat exchanger, Comfort R variable speed, easy to hook up low-voltage wiring, and furnace features insulated blower compartment.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, limited lifetime heat exchanger. Optional extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: American Standard, Tyler, Texas; attn: Jamie Byrne, 903-581-3521; 903-581-9070 (fax); jamie.byrne@americanstandard.com; www.americanstandardair.com.

eProduct #223

Model: Heritage 18 heat pump

Footprint (inches): 37 by 34

Serviceability features: "Easy-Sess" panels and cabinet make for quick installation, maintenance, and service, as well as coil cleaning access. Long and elevated refrigerant stub tube helps to deliver quick and leak-free joints.

Technical support: Contact local American Standard distributor.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: Compressor sound insulator and core-filled mounting plate.

IAQ equipment supported: Matching with Comfort Râ„¢ mode air handlers lowers indoor noise, produces warmer air temperature, and increases filter efficiency, the company says. Two-stage comfort offers more consistent temperature levels and quiet operation.

Thermostat compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: 18.9-SEER efficiency and two independent stages (compressors) for capacity modulation. Two-row Spine Fin™ coil provides very low airflow resistance for more efficiency transfer capabilities. Corrosion-resistant finish with SermaGuard™ rust-resistant fasteners. Durabase™ basepan. Energy Star® qualified.

Warranty information: Ten-year limited compressor, 10-year limited coil; five-year limited all functional parts. Extended parts and labor warranties available up to 10 years.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: American Standard, Tyler, Texas; attn: Jamie Byrne, 903-581-3300; 903-581-9070 (fax); jamie.byrne@americanstandard.com; www.americanstandardair.com.

eProduct #224

Arcoaire

Model: PS80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 16 to 23 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: Height of 35 inches provides easier installation in tight spaces, and a spacious service compartment gives more room to work. This furnace features easy on-off doors and built-in diagnostic system with new easy-view sight glass in blower door.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.arcoairedlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: Induced-draft blower and multispeed PSC circulation blower contribute to quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: 24- and 115-V connections help make attachment of humidifiers easier.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the product line.

Additional features: Multiposition furnace comes with aluminized steel RPJ III® heat exchanger for superior operation, durability, the company says. Furnace features durable new silicon nitride igniters, single-stage gas valve operation, single-stage fan operation. High-airflow, 100,000-Btuh model available for 5-ton cooling applications.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 20-year limited heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Low-NOx models are available. PS80 is certified for single-pipe vent installation. A downflow vent guard kit is required for use on multiposition models when installed as downflows. LP gas kits are available.

Contact: Arcoaire, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.arcoaire.com.

eProduct #225

Model: PS90-DV gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 16 to 23 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: Narrow cabinet offers more flexibility in tight installations. Spacious service compartment gives more room to work. Easy on/off doors give access to internal components. Built-in diagnostic system has new easy-view sight glass in blower door. Internal condensate drain system can be routed out the right or left of the furnace.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online at Arcoaire dealer Web site (arcoairedlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: A quiet PSC circulation blower and induced-draft blower assembly add to quieter operation. Solid steel doors provide a sealed combustion compartment for quieter operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections to make attachment of humidifiers easy.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the product line.

Additional features: Multiposition furnace is equipped with aluminized steel RPJ III heat exchanger for superior operation, durability. Certified for two-pipe direct vent installation, furnace features durable new silicon nitride igniters. It has single-stage gas valve operation and single-stage fan operation. High-airflow 100,000-Btuh model available for 5-ton cooling applications.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 20-year limited heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal-left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits are available.

Contact: Arcoaire, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.arcoaire.com.

eProduct #226

Armstrong Air

Model: Enhanced 95V (G2D95BT) gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 17, 21, and 24 (w) by 44 (h)

Serviceability features: System Sentryâ„¢ control board features self-diagnostics and a hard memory to retain the last five trouble codes even when power is interrupted. Large, 1.5-inch blower door sightglass makes viewing diagnostics simple. Slide-out blower makes cleaning and service quicker. Accessible igniter and flame sensor help simplify service and inspection. Factory-installed internal trap for vertical installations with built-in cleanout.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at 800-448-5872.

Technical materials: Install manuals, service manuals, product-specific installation, and service training CDs/DVDs.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated cabinet, variable-speed motor ramps-up and ramps-down. Inshot burners and isolated combustion allow quiet operation in one- or two-pipe installations. Continuous fan at 50 percent of cooling blower speed for continuous quiet operation and air filtration.

IAQ equipment supported: The variable-speed motor (in conjunction with a cooling system) can better control humidity both active and/or passive at the customer's desire. Every time the compressor cycles, the furnace can go into a dehumidification mode to help control humidity. A separate humidistat can be added to control humidity more closely. Control board is ready to control both humidifier and electronic air cleaner. Ultra-low continuous fan speed allows low-cost operation of IAQ products year round.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with industry one- and two-stage thermostats with no additional components.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many common components across the line. Industry-standard service components where possible.

Additional features: With the System Sentry control board, trouble codes are retained in nonvolatile memory, not affected by power interruptions. Converting from upflow to horizontal, left or right requires no component rearrangement, simply the addition of a factory-supplied external trap. A trap is factory installed internal to the unit for upflow installations.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, limited lifetime heat exchanger. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Unit can be installed with a one- or two-stage thermostat. Upflow/horizontal as well as dedicated downflow unit is available. Upflow/horizontal units require no component moving. With the addition of a humidistat, the variable-speed blower helps the system more closely control humidity.

Contact: Armstrong Air Inc., Bellevue, Ohio; attn: Ken Ely, 419-483-4840; 419-484-6531 (fax); ken.ely@aac-inc.com; www.aac-inc.com.

eProduct #227

Bard Manufacturing Co.

Model: FL Series low-boy oil furnace

Footprint (inches): 23 (w) by 48 (d) by 36 (h)

Serviceability features: Slide-out combustion chamber/burner assembly allows easy removal for service and ensures burner alignment, the company says. Plug-in connectors for blower and burner wiring connections help simplify maintenance. Four heat exchanger clean-out ports; 12- and 14-ga heat ex-changer. Advanced combustion chamber material for increased durability. Selected models have reduced firing rate of 0.55 GPH. All models designed to provide "fresh air" for combustion with optional fresh air kit. Increased electrical and oil line access versatility. Reduced cabinet height. Sidewall vent option. Secondary limit control for extra safety.

Technical support: Available through local Bard distribution network.

Technical materials: Installation manuals, parts manuals, and wiring diagrams available through local distributor or Web site.

Noise-reduction features: Pyrolite combustion chamber is a sound-absorbing, high-temperature fiber that provides faster heat buildup in heat exchanger for greater efficiency and quieter operation. Cabinet insulated to reduce sound levels.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: All models compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Product line shares standard Bard replacement parts. Many standard, off-the-shelf components.

Additional features: Combustion chamber/burner mounting system allows for easy removal for service and ensures burner alignment. Combustion air option, secondary limit control for added safety.

Warranty information: Five-year parts standard. Limited lifetime heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Bard Manufacturing, Bryan, Ohio; attn: Pam Bard Steel, 419-636-1194; 419-636-6240 (fax); bard@bardhvac.com; www.bardhvac.com.

eProduct #228

Bryant Heating And Cooling

Model: Plus 80V-315AAV gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 14 by 24 by 33

Serviceability features: A microprocessor-based control features nonvolatile memory and a status/fault display.

Technical support: Contact local distributor.

Technical materials: Installation instructions, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting information. Furnace comes with all information.

Noise-reduction features: Insulated blower compartment.

IAQ equipment supported: Features Perfect Humidityâ„¢ technology, which not only removes up to 128 percent more moisture than standard systems, but also allows dehumidification without a call for cooling, the company says.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares parts with other models in the line.

Additional features: Perfect Lightâ„¢ is designed with silicon nitride material and performs using straight-line voltage. The igniter is also designed to withstand the harsh conditions.

Warranty information: 20-year heat exchanger, five-year all other components.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Bryant Heating and Cooling, Indianapolis; attn: Jonathan Payne, 317-240-5277; 860-660-8623 (fax); jonathan.payne@bryant.com; www.bryant.com.

eProduct #229

Model: Plus 90i - 355AAV gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 23 by 29 by 40

Serviceability features: A microprocessor-based control features nonvolatile memory and a status/fault display.

Technical support: Contact local distributor.

Technical materials: Installation instructions, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting information. Furnace comes with all information.

Noise-reduction features: Manufacturer did not specify.

IAQ equipment supported: Features Perfect Humidityâ„¢ technology, which not only removes up to 128 percent more moisture than standard systems, but also allows dehumidification without a call for cooling, the company says.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares parts with other models in the line.

Additional features: Perfect Lightâ„¢ is designed with silicon nitride material and performs using straight-line voltage. The igniter is also designed to withstand the harsh conditions.

Warranty information: Lifetime heat exchanger, five-year all other components.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Bryant Heating and Cooling, Indianapolis; attn: Jonathan Payne, 317-240-5277; 860-660-8623 (fax); jonathan.payne@bryant.com; www.bryant.com.

eProduct #230

Burnham Hydronics

Model: MPO oil boiler

Footprint (inches): 23 (w) by 24 (h)

Serviceability features: Hassle-free service and installation; reversible full-swing door allows fast cleaning; three-pass design allows for full cleaning without removing flue pipe; standard Honeywell electronic aquastat includes digital display; available control options with plug-and-play technology; removable internal fuel baffles allow installation in a variety of applications.

Technical support: Local sales representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 717-397-397-4701.

Technical materials: Wiring diagrams, installation manual, parts, and part numbers.

Noise-reduction features: The overall product is designed to run quieter.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: With an efficiency rating of 87-percent AFUE, reliability and quality, the MPO boiler defines the best in home heating, the company says.

Warranty information: Cast iron heat exchanger is covered by the lifetime "True Blue" limited warranty.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Burnham Hydronics, Lancaster, Pa.; attn: Daisy Lilley, 717-397-4701; 717-293-5827 (fax); info@burnham.com; www.burnham.com.

eProduct #231

Carrier

Model: Infinity 96/58MVP gas furnace

Footprint (inches): Manufacturer did not specify.

Serviceability features: State-of-the-art diagnostics feature "Advanced Product Monitor" software. Control connects directly to a laptop or hand-held computing device to read more than 70 parameters. Stores fault codes during power outages. LED diagnostics and self-test feature.

Technical support: Manufacturer did not specify.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: Variable-speed fan allows system to operate in the lowest possible setting for 90 percent of the heating season. Sealed combustion system and insulated cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Accessories available for this system include a comfort ventilator for air exchange, humidifier, air cleaner, and ultraviolet germicidal lamp.

Thermostat compatibility: System is best controlled with the Infinityâ„¢ control.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: The Infinity system allows homeowners to control temperature, humidity, air quality, fan speed, and ventilation. It also provides self-diagnostics.

Warranty information: Lifetime heat exchanger, five-year all other components.

Special installation requirements: Infinity control offers four-wire, plug-and-play installation.

Contact: Carrier, Indianapolis; attn: Alexis Bevington, 317-240-5204; 860-660-1099 (fax); alexis.bevington@carrier.utc.com; www.carrier.com.

eProduct #232

Carrier Duct Free

Model: StreamLine ductless heat pump

Footprint (inches): Varies.

Serviceability features: Removing a panel on outdoor units provides immediate access to the isolated compressor and control compartment, allowing access to check unit operation without a loss of condenser airflow. The draw-through design of the outdoor section means that dirt accumulates on the outside surface of the coil, allowing for quick cleaning.

Technical support: Manufacturer did not specify.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: There is no ductwork and the compressor is outdoors. Horizontal airflow design distributes air more evenly over the coil. The coil also acts as an extra sound-suppressing device before the air is discharged. Sound level is 65 to 78 dBa.

IAQ equipment supported: Units provide dehumidification and easy-to-change filters.

Thermostat compatibility: System uses an infrared remote controller with built-in temperature sensor.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: The compressor is outdoors, linked to an indoor fan coil located directly in the room it will heat. These systems have minimal impact on the existing structure, the company says. Because of these features, this duct-free split system can be installed in places where conventional ducted heating and cooling cannot go.

Warranty information: One-year parts.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Carrier Duct Free, Indianapolis; attn: Kevin Waldo, 317-243-0851; 317-240-5253 (fax); kevin.waldo@carrier.utc.com; www.carrier.com.

eProduct #233

Century

Model: Energy Knight HMH24AS-1 ductless heat pump

Footprint (inches): Outdoor unit is 34 (w) by 13 (d) by 26 (h); indoor unit is 35 (w) by 7 (d) by 12 (h)

Serviceability features: A test key quickly identifies any operating problems; components in both indoor and outdoor unit are easily accessed.

Technical support: Available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time at 517-787-2100.

Technical materials: Installation/operating/maintenance and service manual are available in hard copy or electronically.

Noise-reduction features: Condenser is located outside, keeping operating noise out of the living areas. Indoor unit is whisper quiet. High-tech, tangential, three-speed fan moves large volume of air at low fan speeds (also saves energy).

IAQ equipment supported: Antibacterial filters are washable and accessed from front of the indoor unit. Dehumidification mode can be used alone.

Thermostat compatibility: Features built-in climate controls.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many parts are shared across the mini-split line.

Additional features: Heat pump offers heating, cooling, dehumidification, and air circulation modes. Cools two separate rooms or areas with one condenser; each indoor air handler independently controlled. Electronic controls regulate temperature and dehumidification. Microprocessor automatically adjusts louver direction for breeze-like effect.

Warranty information: Five-year compressor, one-year other parts under normal use and conditions (see written warranty for limitations).

Special installation requirements: Installation requires a hole less than 3 inches in diameter to run refrigerant lines and wires between indoor and outdoor units. Outside condenser can be located close to the building.

Contact: Century, Jackson, Mich.; attn: Mark Lupton, 517-787-2100; 517-787-9341 (fax); info@heatcontroller.com; www.heatcontroller.com.

eProduct #234

Model: Patriot 80 OUFA highboy series oil furnace

Footprint (inches): 20 (w) by 31 (d) by 54 (h)

Serviceability features: Updated design has a separate fan center to simplify servicing. Panels are easily removed. Clean-out ports are accessed for complete servicing of the heat exchanger.

Technical support: Available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time at 517-787-2100.

Technical materials: Complete installation/operating/maintenance and service manuals are available in hard copy or electronically.

Noise-reduction features: Foil-faced fiberglass insulation, a ceramic high-temperature combustion chamber, and harmonically balanced blower minimize operating sound.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many parts are shared across the Patriot 80 line.

Additional features: Compact size allows it to fit in many locations, including utility rooms, closets, and attics. Multiple firing rates make it easier to achieve the right furnace-to-heating requirement with a nozzle change. Units are shipped with largest firing rate.

Warranty information: Lifetime heat exchanger, five-year parts (see written warranty for details and limitations).

Special installation requirements: Compact size leaves plenty of room for installer to work. Zero clearance side and rear, 4-inch front clearance. Models available prewired for central A/C (2 to 5 tons).

Contact: Century, Jackson, Mich.; attn: Michael Souders, 517-787-2100; 517-787-9341 (fax); info@heatcontroller.com; www.heatcontroller.com.

eProduct #235

ClimateMaster

Model: Tranquility 20 Series (Model TS) geothermal heat pump

Footprint (inches): 25 by 31

Serviceability features: Multiple service access panels with liftout handles; low-profile control box; foil-faced air handler insulation; diagnostic lights; filter-drier; high- and low-pressure service ports; swivel-type water connections; 75-VA transformer with circuit breaker; quick-attach wiring harnesses; eight standard safeties including water and air coil freeze protection; Unit Performance Sentinnelâ„¢.

Technical support: Local distributor or factory support available at 800-299-9747 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Installation, operation, and maintenance manual; specs catalog; CXM/DXM microprocessor controls application manual; GeoDesignerâ„¢ loop-sizing software.

Noise-reduction features: Unique compressor double isolation system with computer selected springs; fully insulated cabinet; optional ECM variable-speed fan motor; oversized low-RPM blower. Sound level of 45 dB.

IAQ equipment supported: Standard MERV 11 pleated 2-inch filter; foil-backed air handler insulation; dehumidification mode (with optional ECM motor) available with the addition of a humidistat or integrated thermostat.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most heat pump thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts with TT Series.

Additional features: The "highest efficiency single-stage geothermal heat pump available" features a double-isolated compressor and optional ECM variable-speed motor, making it one of the quietest units on the market, the company says. Features such as foil-backed air handler insulation, MERV 11 pleated 2-inch filters and dehumidification mode promote IAQ.

Warranty information: Five-year all parts, 10-year compressor and refrigeration circuit parts, labor allowance for first 30 days. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: ClimateMaster, Oklahoma City; attn: Karla Bradshaw, 405-745-6000, ext. 347; 405-745-4102 (fax); kbradshaw@climatemaster.com; www.climatemaster.com.

eProduct #236

Model: Tranquility 27 split system two-stage geothermal heat pump (model TTS)

Footprint (inches): 25 by 31

Serviceability features: Multiple ser-vice access panels with liftout handles; low-profile control box; brass service valves; diagnostic lights; filter-drier; high- and low-pressure service ports; swivel-type water connections; 75-VA transformer with circuit breaker; quick-attach wiring harnesses; eight standard safeties including water coil low-temperature sensing; Unit Performance Sentinnel.

Technical support: Local distributor or factory support available at 800-299-9747 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Installation, operation, and maintenance manual; specs catalog; CXM/DXM microprocessor controls application manual; GeoDesignerâ„¢ loop-sizing software.

Noise-reduction features: Compressor double isolation system with computer-selected springs. Fully insulated cabinet and sound levels of 46 dB.

IAQ equipment supported: Compatible with most IAQ accessories.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most heat pump thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts with packaged units, TT and TS Series.

Additional features: "The highest efficiency split system geothermal heat pump available today" features double-isolated compressor mounting and the absence of a condenser fan, making it one of the quietest heat pump units available, the company says. Two-stage compressor operation provides comfort control.

Warranty information: Five-year all parts; 10-year compressor and refrigeration circuit parts; labor allowance for first 30 days. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: ClimateMaster, Oklahoma City; attn: Karla Bradshaw, 405-745-6000, ext. 347; 405-745-4102 (fax); kbradshaw@climatemaster.com; www.climatemaster.com.

eProduct #237

Coleman

Model: Echelon air handler with EcoTrakâ„¢

Footprint (inches): 46 to 57 (h) by standard width and depth

Serviceability features: Easy to service and install, the company says. Multiposition design allows application in any configuration with minimal conversion for downflow; coils have two vertical drain locations for installation flexibility; standardized coils and components; LED for fault code diagnostics; optional heat kits and thermal expansion valves.

Technical support: First level of support provided by distributor; factory support available to distributors and dealers by calling 877-874-7378. Support is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Available in October 2005.

Noise-reduction features: Features an ECM variable-speed motor that operates for longer periods of time, reducing noise levels. EcoTrak technology helps make the air handler less noisy than conventional air handlers and provides regional comfort settings to provide optimal comfort, regardless of geographic location, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: Intelligent humidity switch (humidistat/dehumidistat) input; foil-face insulation eliminates fiberglass, making the unit easier to clean and enhancing the kill ratio of mold, etc.; the hydrophilic coil coating is less susceptible to mold, the company says. EcoTrak offers nearly continuous, gradual fan speed operation for humidity control and improved IAQ.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Uses standard components.

Additional features: EcoTrak lets installers customize the comfort performance for each home, depending on the specific climate (dry, temperate, or humid) in which the homeowner lives. EcoTrak helps ensure longer operating cycles, resulting in reduced noise levels.

Warranty information: Five-year all parts and electric heater elements.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Coleman, Norman, Okla.; attn: Mickey Smith, 405-419-6541; 405-419-6545 (fax); mickey.smith@york.com; www.colemanac.com.

eProduct #238

Comfort-Aire

Model: Conquest 90 GLUA75 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 21 (w) by 29 (d) by 34 (h)

Serviceability features: Inspection sight glass in blower door allowing reading of diagnostic codes. Integrated control board puts all controls in one central location, features on-board diagnostics (including flame sensor, lockout retry, and self-healing cycle). Door panels remove with thumb screws; components are readily accessible.

Technical support: Technical support is available at 517-787-2100 Eastern time, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Technical materials: Complete installation/operating/maintenance and service manuals are available in hard copy or electronically.

Noise-reduction features: Slow-opening gas valve and specially designed inducer system make it extremely quiet, the company says; the cabinet also is insulated.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Most parts are shared across the entire line.

Additional features: Lifetime warranty on primary heat exchanger; three-speed, direct-drive blower; in-shot burner with shutter-free design requires no adjustments to regulate the air/gas mix; integrated furnace control (IFC) with self-diagnostics; compact, low-profile cabinet is ideal for replacements and new construction.

Warranty information: Lifetime heat exchanger, five-year parts (see written warranty for details and limitations).

Special installation requirements: Compact size leaves plenty of room for installer to work, is easy to move up/down stairs and through doorways, the company says. All models are A/C-ready. Optional indoor or outdoor combustion air. Combustion air may be piped to either the top or side of the cabinet; a special fitting simplifies installation. Field convertible from natural gas to LP.

Contact: Comfort-Aire, Jackson, Mich.; attn: Michael Souders, 517-787-2100; 517-787-9341 (fax); info@heatcontroller.com; www.heatcontroller.com.

eProduct #239

Model: Patriot 80 OLFA/OLRA low-boy series oil furnace

Footprint (inches): 23 (w) by 52(d) by 37 (h)

Serviceability features: Redesigned with separate fan center to simplify servicing. Panels are easily removed and cleanout ports are accessible for complete servicing of the heat exchanger. Key hole mounting bracket makes it easier to service the fan motor in the field.

Technical support: Technical support is available at 517-787-2100 Eastern time, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Technical materials: Complete installation/operating/maintenance and service manuals are available in hard copy or electronically.

Noise-reduction features: Foil-faced fiberglass insulation, a ceramic high-temperature combustion chamber, and harmonically balanced blower minimize operating sound.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many parts are shared across the line.

Additional features: Front-flue (OLFA) and rear-flue (OLRA) models available. Compact size allows it to fit in many locations, including basements, utility rooms, closets, and attics. Multiple firing rates make it easier to achieve right furnace-to-heating requirement with a simple nozzle change; units are shipped with the largest firing rate.

Warranty information: Lifetime heat exchanger, five-year parts (see written warranty for details and limitations).

Special installation requirements: Compact size leaves room for the installer to work. Zero clearance side and rear, 4-inch front clearance. Models available prewired for central air (2 to 5 tons).

Contact: Comfort-Aire, Jackson, Mich.; attn: Michael Souders, 517-787-2100; 517-787-9341 (fax); info@heatcontroller.com; www.heatcontroller.com.

eProduct #240

Comfortmaker

Model: SoftSound IIS 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 16 to 23 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: 40-inch height offers easy installation in tight spaces. Spacious service compartments give room to work. Easy on/off doors give access to internal components. Troubleshooting LED fault indicator diagnoses practically all system-related malfunctions and is easy to view through a new sight glass in the blower door, the company says.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provide technical assistance, troubleshooting at the local level.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.comfortmakerdlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: Equipped with two-stage heating, the furnace operates in the quieter first stage 70-80 percent of the time. Inducer motor is sound enhanced for quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections for the attachment of humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the line.

Additional features: RPJ III heat exchanger provides superior operation, durability, the company says. Furnace is equipped with new silicon nitride igniters that last longer, are not affected by high-line voltage, are difficult to break, and are less likely to burn out prematurely. Optional chimney vent kit available on most models.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts; 25-year limited warranty heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits are available. Downflow vent kits required.

Contact: Comfortmaker, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.comfortmaker.com.

eProduct #241

Model: SoftSound IIS 90 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 19 to 25 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: Spacious service compartments offer room to work. Easy on/off doors give access to internal components. Troubleshooting LED fault indicator diagnoses practically all system-related malfunctions and is easy to view through new sight glass in blower door, the company says. Internal condensate drain system can be routed out the left or right side of the furnace.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provide technical assistance, troubleshooting at the local level.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.comfortmakerdlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: Equipped with two-stage heating, the furnace operates in the quieter first stage 70-80 percent of the time. The one-piece steel cabinet is thermally lined for added sound insulation. Solid steel doors provide a sealed combustion compartment for quieter operation. Inducer motor is sound-enhanced for quieter operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections for attachment of humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components standardized throughout the line.

Additional features: This 40-inch-tall multiposition furnace can be installed upflow, downflow, horizontal left or right. Furnace is equipped with new silicon nitride igniters that last longer, are not affected by high line voltage, are difficult to break, and are less likely to burn out prematurely, the company says. Conventional PSC blower gives improved comfort of a two-stage furnace, the company says.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, lifetime limited heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement is available on Comfortmaker products, offering five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas unit in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits are available.

Contact: Comfortmaker, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.comfortmaker.com.

eProduct #242

Concord

Model: CG90TB gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 15 to 25 (w) by 44 (h)

Serviceability features: New control board and gas valve combination features self diagnostics and a hard memory for trouble codes even if power is interrupted. Large blower door sight glass makes viewing the diagnostics easier. Slide-out blower makes cleaning and service faster. Accessible igniter and flame sensor simplify service and inspection. Gas and electrical service entry either right or left side. Lift-off doors for access.

Technical support: Technical support available at 800-448-5872 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Install manuals, service manuals, installation, and service training CD/DVDs.

Noise-reduction features: Insulated cabinet, inshot burners, and isolated combustion allow quieter operation in one- or two-pipe installations. Dynamically balanced blower assemblies provide smooth, quiet airflow.

IAQ equipment supported: Control board is ready to control both humidifier and electronic air cleaner. Field-selectable continuous fan speed allows operation of IAQ products year round. When used in a two-pipe installation, combustion quality can be improved while minimizing unwanted air infiltration into the conditioned space, the company says.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with industry thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Most common components between gas furnaces. Industry-standard service components where possible.

Additional features: Available as an upflow, upflow/horizontal, or counterflow, the Concord 90 furnace family can be used in one- or two-pipe installations. Upflow/horizontal models can be used horizontally with no component rearrangement, just the addition of a factory-supplied external trap. Diagnostic board will hold trouble codes for later review.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 20-year limited heat exchanger. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Electrical and gas can enter from the right or left. Enclosed combustion makes it factory ready for one- or two-pipe installation. Flush-mount cased A/C coils available. EAC and HUM terminals for IAQ accessory add-ons. Internal trap (factory installed) can drain out the left or right, save time during installation, the company says.

Contact: Concord, Bellevue, Ohio, attn: Ken Ely, 419-483-4840; 419-484-6531 (fax); ken.ely@aac-inc.com; www.concord-air.com.

eProduct #243

Ducane

Model: MPGAV gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 14 to 21 (w) by 40 (h)

Serviceability features: Control board features self diagnostics and Interruption Immune (I2) memory for trouble codes even if power is interrupted. Diagnostic sleeve allows troubleshooting without entering the airstream or interrupting operation. CFM LED indicates selected cfm setting. Accessible igniter and flame sensor simplify service and inspection. Compatible with one- or two-stage thermostats.

Technical support: First level of support provided by distributor. Additional technical support available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at 803-284-5347.

Technical materials: Install manuals, service manuals.

Noise-reduction features: Insulated cabinet, inshot burners, and isolated combustion allow quiet operation in either one- or two-pipe installations. Dynamically balanced blower assemblies offer smooth, quiet airflow. Two-stage heating provides lower sound levels while operating on low output.

IAQ equipment supported: Control board is ready to control both humidifier and electronic air cleaner. Field-selectable continuous fan speed allows operation of IAQ products year-round. When used in a two-pipe installation, combustion quality can be improved while minimizing unwanted air infiltration into the conditioned space.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with one- or two-stage industry thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many common components between gas furnaces. Industry-standard service components used where possible.

Additional features: A true multiposition 80 percent gas furnace; upflow, downflow horizontal left or right with two-stage heating capacity and variable-speed blower technology. Slow blower acceleration and deceleration with improved humidity control. Blower will automatically adjust to maintain selected airflow helping to compensate for the installed ductwork and filters. Diagnostic board will hold trouble codes for later review.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 25-year limited heat exchanger. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Can be mounted upflow, downflow horizontal left or right. Inducer can be rotated for venting out the side or top depending on installed configuration. Electrical and gas can enter from the right or the left. EAC and HUM terminals for IAQ accessory add-ons. Compatible with one- or two-stage thermostats with a jumper change.

Contact: Ducane, Blackville, S.C.; attn: Ken Ely, 803-284-3322; 803-284-2833 (fax); ken.ely@ducanehvac.com; www.ducanehvac.com.

eProduct #244

Dunkirk

Model: Q95-200M gas modulating boiler

Footprint (inches): 30 by 18

Serviceability features: Isolation ball valves on circulator. One-piece casting eliminates section interface leaks and includes wide waterways for low pressure drop. This helps eliminate the need for expensive and bulky high head circulators or special near boiler piping, the company says. Simple control scheme. Sealed combustion, vented with PVC pipe.

Technical support: Available at 877-386-5475 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Available when product is released in early 2006.

Noise-reduction features: Sealed combustion with quiet ignition and fan.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: PVC vented; one-piece heat exchanger; wide water ways resulting in little pressure drop; 95 percent efficiency; lightweight aluminum heat exchanger; and factory-installed LWCO device.

Warranty information: 15 years, one-year parts. Extended warranty available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Dunkirk, Dunkirk, N.Y.; attn: Mark Odell, 716-366-5500; 716-363-3488 (fax); info@ecrinternational.com; www.ecrinternational.com.

eProduct #245

Fedders

Model: F80 Series all-position gas furnace

Footprint (inches): Varies.

Serviceability features: Plus-type connections on the wiring harness, which is great for serviceability, the company points out. Majority of the replacement parts are interchangeable. Removable front access panels, self-diagnostic controller.

Technical support: Available at 866-829-2440 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Installation and user manual, service manual, exploded parts list, wiring diagrams.

Noise-reduction features: Aluminized-steel multiport inshot burners provide smooth ignition coupled with superior flame stability, low noise, and reliability, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: Built-in humidifier and electronic air cleaner terminals.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Majority of the replacement parts are interchangeable.

Additional features: Furnaces are 35 inches tall and ready to accommodate the 13-SEER A coils for today's more-efficient air conditioners and the changing needs of home construction. All models comply with California low-NOx requirements.

Warranty information: 20-year limited heat exchanger, five-year all other parts.

Special installation requirements: Designed for all-position installation, including upflow, downflow, and horizontal. Left- or right-side gas and electric inlet connections. Models are convertible to LP.

Contact: Fedders, Liberty Corner, N.J.; attn: Beth Marotta, 908-604-8686, ext. 4276; 908-604-9317 (fax); bmarotta@fedders.com; www.fedders.com.

eProduct #246

Model: Water-source heat pumps

Footprint (inches): Varies.

Serviceability features: Easy access to controls; blower assembly removable without removing ductwork; easy diagnostic.

Technical support: Available at 866-829-2440 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Installation and user manual, service manual, exploded parts list, and wiring diagrams.

Noise-reduction features: The blower housing and wheel are designed for quiet, low-velocity operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer offers a full line of residential whole-house humidifiers, media, and electronic air cleaners.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Majority of the parts are interchangeable.

Additional features: Thermal expansion valve - standard expansion device. Stainless steel drain pan.

Warranty information: One year from startup or 1.5 years from sell date.

Special installation requirements: Factory-installed 1-inch discharge collars; factory-installed 1-inch filter rack with filter; line-voltage and low-voltage knob.

Contact: Fedders, Liberty Corner, N.J.; attn: Beth Marotta, 908-604-8686, ext. 4276; 908-604-9317 (fax); bmarotta@fedders.com; www.fedders.com.

eProduct #247

FHP Manufacturing

Model: Aquarius WW Series water-to-water boiler

Footprint (inches): 24 by 32

Serviceability features: All units serviceable from the front.

Technical support: Available on Web site (www.fhp-mfg.com) under "who to contact."

Technical materials: All technical literature is available.

Noise-reduction features: Unit cabinets are insulated with 0.5-inch dual-density fiberglass insulation.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: An aquastat or the FHP unit-mounted controller.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares parts.

Additional features: This is the first full range of R-410A water-to-water units, the company says.

Warranty information: Five-year parts for the compressor and refrigeration circuit.

Special installation requirements: R-410A requires a different refrigerant manifold kit than R-22.

Contact: FHP Manufacturing, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; attn: Chris Smith, 954-776-5471; 954-776-5529 (fax); heatpump@fhp-mfg.com; www.fhp-mfg.com.

eProduct #248

First Co.

Model: HBXB-HW/HBQB gas boiler

Footprint (inches): From 20 by 20 to 25 by 28

Serviceability features: Easy-to-replace microprocessor board, slide-out blower assembly, and slide-out hot water coil assembly. Easy-access hot water check valve and circulating pump (HBQB). TXVs are field or factory installed.

Technical support: Contact Tommy Zear at 214-388-5751, ext. 1145, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: All installation and service material is readily available on the company's Web site (www.firstco.com).

Noise-reduction features: Fiberglass-lined cabinet for sound attenuation. Optional variable-speed motor for quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Variable-speed option also offers a higher comfort level due to lower indoor humidity and maximum filter efficiency.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most standard thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many parts are common off-the-shelf parts, such as motors and capacitors.

Additional features: A multifunction microprocessor offers integrated boiler start relay; blower-on delay (heating); blower-off delay (heating and cooling); compressor restart delay; and optional freeze protector. A variable-speed motor is optional.

Warranty information: One-year parts.

Special installation requirements: Installation instructions are available at www.firstco.com.

Contact: First Co., Dallas; attn: Roger Cummins, 214-388-5751; 214-388-2255 (fax); rcummins@firstco.com; www.firstco.com.

eProduct #249

Frigidaire

Model: FG6TA gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 28 (d) by 43 (h) by 14 to 22 (w)

Serviceability features: Diagnostics on circuit board with a flame-signal indicator.

Technical support: Available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Wiring diagram, installation instructions, replacement parts list, technical sales literature, consumer sales literature.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Available field-installed accessories include electronic air cleaners, ultraviolet light, humidifier, media air cleaner, HRV/ERV.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Frigidaire products.

Additional features: SmartLiteâ„¢ integrated control board provides extended life to igniters in furnaces using hot surface ignition technology. SmartLite is programmed to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter, then adapt the ignition time to the characteristics of the furnace so the igniter is energized appropriately.

Warranty information: Eight-year parts, five-year quality pledge to replace the entire furnace if the heat exchanger fails, 20-year heat exchanger. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Frigidaire, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Matt Lattanzi, 636-561-7469; 636-561-7399 (fax); lattanzim@nordyne.com; www.frigidaire.net.

eProduct #250

Fujitsu General America

Model: Halcyon IAQ 9RQ ductless heat pump

Footprint (inches): 11 (h) by 31 (w) by 9 (d)

Serviceability features: An LED lights up when the unit needs to be cleaned, which is usually after about 400 hours of use.

Technical support: Service hotline available at 866-952-8324 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Operation manual, installation manual, service manual, troubleshooting flowcharts available on Web site.

Noise-reduction features: Up to 23 percent quieter than conventional models and up to 46 percent quieter than other models, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: Electronic plasma air cleaner.

Thermostat compatibility: Comes with a programmable remote control.

Replacement parts compatibility: Replacement parts are shared.

Additional features: High SEER (14-plus), environmentally friendly R-410A, built-in plasma filtration unit.

Warranty information: Two-year parts, six-year compressor.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Fujitsu General America, Fairfield, N.J.; attn: Erin Buck, 973-575-0380; 973-836-0429 (fax); ebuck@fujitsugeneral.com; www.fujitsugeneral.com.

eProduct #251

Model: Halcyon IAQ 12 RQ ductless heat pump

Footprint (inches): 11 (h) by 31 (w) by 9 (d)

Serviceability features: An LED lights up when the unit needs to be cleaned, usually after about 400 hours of use.

Technical support: Service hotline available at 866-952-8324 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Operation manual, installation manual, service manual, troubleshooting flowcharts available on Web site.

Noise-reduction features: Up to 23 percent quieter than conventional models and up to 46 percent quieter than other models, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: Electronic plasma air cleaner.

Thermostat compatibility: Comes with a programmable remote control.

Replacement parts compatibility: Replacement parts are shared.

Additional features: High SEER (13-plus), environmentally friendly R-410A, built-in plasma filtration unit.

Warranty information: Two-year parts, six-year compressor.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Fujitsu General America, Fairfield, N.J.; attn: Erin Buck, 973-575-0380; 973-836-0429 (fax); ebuck@fujitsugeneral.com; www.fujitsugeneral.com.

eProduct #252

Gibson

Model: JT5BV heat pump

Footprint (inches): 31 (w) by 31 (d)

Serviceability features: Manufacturer did not specify.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: The one-piece top/orifice is designed for maximum airflow and quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Along with optimum efficiency, variable speed enhances overall air quality by minimizing air stratification or stagnant air. Filtration and humidity removal is also improved as airborne particles and moisture are captured more effectively.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Gibson products.

Additional features: Offers the indoor air qualities of variable speed plus enhanced dehumidification. The durable attractive full metal jacket is designed using galvanized steel with a polyester urethane paint finish for long-lasting protection from hail and other yard hazards.

Warranty information: Five-year parts. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Gibson, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Marc DeLaurent, 636-561-7477; 636-561-7399 (fax); delaurentm@nordyne.com; www.nordyne.com.

eProduct #253

Goodman Manufacturing

Model: GPG 13-SEER packaged gas/electric unit

Footprint (inches): 35 by 47 by 51 43 by 47 by 51

Serviceability features: Durable, corrosion-resistant aluminized-steel tubular heat exchanger; liquid-line filter-drier; direct-spark ignition with diagnostics; horizontal or downflow applications; convenient access panels; fully insulated cabinet; one roof curb fits all sizes.

Technical support: Available at 888-593-9988 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time.

Technical materials: Installation instructions, spec sheets, repair parts manuals available.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower section.

IAQ equipment supported: Field-installed filter accessory kit and 25 percent outside air damper.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares many replacement parts with other products in the Goodman line.

Additional features: Manufacturer did not specify.

Warranty information: Limited 20-year tubular heat exchanger in both residential and commercial applications, five-year limited compressor, five-year limited parts.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Goodman, Houston; attn: Courtneye Barrett, 713-861-2500; 713-316-5582 (fax); courtneye.barrett@goodmanmfg.com; www.goodmanmfg.com.

eProduct #254

Heil

Model: QuietComfort DLX 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 16 to 23 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: 40-inch height facilitates installation in small spaces. Spacious service compartments offer room to work. Furnace includes built-in electronic diagnostic system with LED fault indicator that is easy to view through new sight glass in the blower door, the company says.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.heildlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: Inducer motor is sound enhanced for quiet operation. Induced-draft blower and multispeed PSC circulation blower contribute to quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections to make attachment of humidifiers easy.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the product line.

Additional features: Equipped with new silicon nitride igniters that last longer, are not affected by high line voltage, are difficult to break, and are less likely to burn out prematurely, the company says. High-airflow, 100,000-Btuh model available for 5-ton cooling applications. Low-NOx models available. Optional chimney vent kit available on most models.

Warranty information: Five-year parts, 20-year limited heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas unit in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits available. Low-NOx models are available. A downflow vent guard kit is required for use on multiposition models when installed as downflow.

Contact: Heil, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.heil-hvac.com.

eProduct #255

Model: QuietComfort DLX 90 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 19 to 25 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: Includes a built-in electronic diagnostic system that is easy to view through a new sight glass in the blower door, the company says. Spacious service compartments provide room to work. The furnace's internal condensate drain system can be routed out either the left or right side of the furnace as needed.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.heildlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: One-piece steel cabinet is thermal-lined for added sound protection. Solid steel doors provide a sealed combustion compartment for quieter operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections to make attachment of humidifiers easy.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the product line.

Additional features: New silicon nitride igniters last longer, are not affected by high line voltage, are difficult to break, and less likely to burn out prematurely, the company says. High-airflow, 100,000-Btuh model available for 5-ton cooling applications. Meets California low-NOx standards.

Warranty information: Five-year parts, limited lifetime heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits, the company says. LP gas kits are available.

Contact: Heil, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.heil-hvac.com.

eProduct #256

Kelvinator

Model: G6TC/TL gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 28 (d) by 43 (h) by 20 or 22 (w)

Serviceability features: Diagnostics on circuit board with a flame signal indicator.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Wiring diagram, installation instructions, replacement parts list, technical sales literature, consumer sales literature.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Available field-installed accessories include electronic air cleaners, ultraviolet light, humidifier, media air cleaner, HRV/ERV.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Kelvinator products.

Additional features: SmartLiteâ„¢ integrated control board provides extended life to igniters in furnaces using hot surface ignition technology, the company says. SmartLite is programmed to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter, then adapt the ignition time to the characteristics of the furnace so the igniter is energized appropriately.

Warranty information: Six-year all parts, lifetime heat exchanger. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Kelvinator, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Matt Lattanzi, 636-561-7469; 636-561-7399 (fax); lattanzim@nordyne.com; www.nordyne.com.

eProduct #257

Kool Fire

Model: KFM 60/80-1 packaged boiler and chiller

Footprint (inches): 40 (w) by 70 (l) by 36 (h)

Serviceability features: Units provide a chiller, boiler, and pumps in a single cabinet with generous access panel. All parts are available at most HVAC wholesalers.

Technical support: Available at 760-203-1805 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Wiring diagrams; installation, operation, and troubleshooting manuals; parts and part numbers.

Noise-reduction features: Eight-blade condenser fan and insulation.

IAQ equipment supported: No refrigerants, gas, or products of combustion inside the home.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Many similar components.

Additional features: The only chiller/boiler/pump package systems available for the residential market, the company says. Components are pre-engineered and preinstalled, "bringing large commercial technology to the custom home business segment."

Warranty information: Five-year chiller and boiler, two-year all other components.

Special installation requirements: System follows industry standard installation and startup procedures and considerations.

Contact: Kool Fire, Las Vegas; attn: Michael Scharing, 760-203-1805; 760-494-0790 (fax); michael@koolfireusa.com; www.koolfireusa.com.

eProduct #258

Lennox Industries

Model: G61V Signature collection gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 29 by 17, 29 by 21, or 29 by 25

Serviceability features: True multiposition capability. May be installed in any of four positions (upflow, downflow, horizontal-left, horizontal-right) with no internal changes required. Full diagnostic and troubleshooting capability with solid-state SureLightâ„¢ board. LED lights indicate various fault codes. Access to serviceable components requires no tools.

Technical support: Available toll free from dealer hotline.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: The furnace features a variable-speed blower motor, two stages of gas heating, and sound-absorbing insulation, which contribute to the low sound levels.

IAQ equipment supported: The variable-speed blower motor gradually ramps up to full speed. During summer months, this allows the air conditioner to remove moisture from the air for better air quality and improved comfort. In addition, when the thermostat is set on fan mode, the furnace continually and economically circulates air throughout the home; more contaminants are captured by filters and other air cleaners.

Thermostat compatibility: May be used with most thermostats. For better results, a two-stage thermostat should be used. If active humidity control is desired, a thermostat that monitors and controls humidity, such as the SignatureStatâ„¢, should be used.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares many common components with other models in the manufacturer's furnace family. Because it is the top-of-the-line model, there are components that are unique.

Additional features: It is "the quietest furnace you can buy," the company says.

Warranty information: Five-year parts, limited lifetime heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: No changes required in order to install in any of the four positions.

Contact: Lennox Industries, Richardson, Texas; attn: Ed Brickell, 972-497-5191; 972-497-5292 (fax); ed.brickell@lennoxintl.com; www.lennox.com.

eProduct #259

Luxaire

Model: Acclimate 9.V Series gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 40 (h) by standard width and depth

Serviceability features: Design includes "troublefree" control box access and removal; simple access to the door switch and blower capacitor; standard components; an easy-to-remove blower; flame-sense test pad; error code reset pushbutton; and advanced diagnostics for serviceability.

Technical support: First level of support provided by distributor; factory support available to distributors and dealers by calling 877-874-7378. Support is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Luxaire Acclimate V Series gas furnace technical guide.

Noise-reduction features: The 9.V furnace features an ECM variable-speed motor that operates for longer periods of time, dramatically reducing noise levels. Luxaire's GeoTrak technology helps make the series almost 24 times less noisy than conventional furnaces, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: GeoTrak technology enables installers to customize the comfort performance for each home, depending on the specific climate (dry, temperate, or humid) in which the homeowner lives. GeoTrak offers nearly continuous, gradual fan speed operation, resulting in effective humidity control and improved IAQ.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Uses standard components.

Additional features: The furnace has an industrial design. GeoTrak helps ensure longer operating cycles. Fewer starts and stops result in a reduced noise level, making the unit almost 24 times quieter than conventional furnace systems. During continuous fan operation, these furnaces may use less energy than a 100-watt light bulb, the company says.

Warranty information: Limited lifetime heat exchanger, five-year limited all parts.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: Luxaire, Norman, Okla.; attn: Tim Lashar, 405-419-6419; 405-419-6545 (fax); tim.lashar@york.com; www.luxaire.com.

eProduct #260

MagicAire

Model: DUX fan coil

Footprint (inches): 17 (w) by 22 (d) by 46 (h)

Serviceability features: Units are multiposition and can be installed in both vertical or horizontal configurations.

Technical support: Available at 940-397-2100 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time and 940-397-5610 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central time.

Technical materials: In-formation may be found on Web site or via e-mail.

Noise-reduction features: Manufacturer did not specify.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: A multifunction controller reduces the number of electrical connections and field-supplied parts required to install these units with boilers, pumps, and condensing units.

Warranty information: One year.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: MagicAire, Wichita Falls, Texas; attn: Bill Cox, 940-397-2100; 940-397-2166 (fax); sales@magicaire.com; www.magicaire.com.

eProduct #261

Maytag

Model: PGF1TC gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 28 (d) by 43 (h) by 20 or 22 (w)

Serviceability features: Diagnostics on circuit board with a flame signal indicator.

Technical support: Available at 866-262-9824 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time.

Technical materials: Wiring diagram, installation instructions, replacement parts list, technical sales literature, consumer sales literature.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Available field-installed accessories include electronic air cleaners, ultraviolet light, humidifier, media air cleaner, HRV/ERV.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Maytag products.

Additional features: SmartLiteâ„¢ integrated control board provides extended life to igniters in furnaces using hot surface ignition technology. SmartLite is programmed to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter, then adapt the ignition time to the characteristics of the furnace so the igniter is energized appropriately.

Warranty information: 10-year parts, 10-year labor. Lifetime dependability promise to replace the entire furnace if heat exchanger fails.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Maytag, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Matt Lattanzi, 636-561-7469; 636-561-7399 (fax); lattanzim@nordyne.com; www.maytaghvac.com.

eProduct #262

Modine

Model: Hot Dawg HDS separated combustion unit heater

Footprint (inches): 27 by 17

Serviceability features: All controls includes diagnostic gas valve located under single panel. Within this panel the parts list and wiring diagram can also be found.

Technical support: Full representative force is available for assistance at 800-828-4328.

Technical materials: Wiring diagrams, service/troubleshooting information, installation data, parts and part numbers, diagnostic codes, owner's manual.

Noise-reduction features: Vibration isolation on power exhauster and fan motor.

IAQ equipment supported: Unit heaters expel all products of combustion (moisture, toxins, etc.) outside of the occupied space. This eliminates the need to open a window to provide sufficient makeup air to maintain acceptable air quality.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts with other models in the line, as well as from other lines.

Additional features: Modine offers a unique contractor program where magazine advertising is performed listing 800 number and Web site. By calling 800-700-7324, the customer can opt to be connected directly to a local contractor. All contractors enlisted in the program are also available on the Modine Web site (www.modine.com).

Warranty information: 10-year heat exchanger, one-year parts and sheet metal.

Special installation requirements: Must be installed per local and national codes.

Contact: Modine, Racine, Wis.; 800-828-4328; 262-636-1665; www.modine.com.

eProduct #263

Olsen

Model: GTHB gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 29 (d) by 40 (h) by 15 to 24 (w)

Serviceability features: Four-position with vent and intake through the top or bottom (downflow) for minimum-width installations. Zero clearance sides and rear. Diagnostic memory on control board.

Technical support: Available at 315-797-1310 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: Available when product is released in early 2006.

Noise-reduction features: Manufacturer did not specify.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Unique parts.

Additional features: Four position with vent and intake through the top or bottom (downflow) for minimum-width installations. Zero-clearance sides and rear. Diagnostic memory on control board.

Warranty information: Limited lifetime heat exchanger, five-year parts.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Olsen, Utica, N.Y.; attn: Mark Odell, 315-797-1310; 315-797-3762 (fax); info@ecrinternational.com; www.olsenhvac.com.

eProduct #264

Philco

Model: DT4BF heat pump

Footprint (inches): 31 (w) by 31 (d)

Serviceability features: "Comfort Alert II" diagnostic module detects system and electrical problem conditions. A diagnostics key directs the service technician to the root cause of a problem.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: A swept-wing fan blade allows air to flow smoothly off of the blade, significantly lowering noise. A heavy-duty compressor sound blanket also offers noise reduction during operation. Noise levels of 69 to 71 dB.

IAQ equipment supported: Along with optimum efficiency, a variable-speed air handler or gas furnace can enhance overall air quality by minimizing air stratification or stagnant air. Filtration and humidity removal are also improved as airborne particles and moisture are captured more effectively, the company says.

Thermostat compatibility: A two-stage heating-cooling thermostat is required.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Philco products.

Additional features: Unit has the ability to operate at two speeds, lowering its capacity and saving energy in the first stage.

Warranty information: Six-year parts, one-year quality pledge. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Philco, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Marc DeLaurent, 636-561-7477; 636-561-7399 (fax); delaurentm@nordyne.com; www.nordyne.com.

eProduct #265

Quietside

Model: QVM9-090, 125 and 150 dual-purpose gas hydronic heating system

Footprint (inches): 36 (h) by 20 (w) by 10 (d), wall hung

Serviceability features: Self-diagnostic microprocessor displays fault codes as applicable to pinpoint the fault in the unit. All items are serviceable from the front. Many components have quick-release connections; all electrical connections use Molex-style plugs.

Technical support: Available on the East Coast at 717-243-2535 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time and on the West Coast at 562-699-6066 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Technical materials: Quietside 105 guide, QVM9 troubleshooting guide, QVM9 installation manual, Web site.

Noise-reduction features: Noise levels less than 40 dB.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Can be used in conjunction with zone valves and zone panels.

Replacement parts compatibility: Parts are common between models in the range.

Additional features: Ability to provide heating and domestic hot water from the same unit. DHW is provided on demand and will be provided until call is required. Modulating gas valve allows the unit to adjust capacity to meet demand on the heating system.

Warranty information: One-year parts, limited lifetime on main heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: Must always be piped in a primary-secondary configuration. Unit is suited for radiant and fan coil applications; consult Quietside 105 for baseboard and radiator applications.

Contact: Quietside, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; attn: John Miles, 562-699-6066; 562-699-4351 (fax); johnm@quietside.com; www.quietside.com.

eProduct #266

Model: QXM8-120 and 150 dual-purpose oil hydronic heating system

Footprint (inches): 14 (w) by 22 (d) by 34 (h) or 16 (w) by 27 (d) by 36 (h)

Serviceability features: Self-diagnostic microprocessor displays fault codes as applicable to pinpoint the fault in the unit. All items are serviceable from the front or top. Many components have quick-release connections; all electrical connections use Molex-style plugs.

Technical support: Available on the East Coast at 717-243-2535 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time and on the West Coast at 562-699-6066 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Technical materials: Quietside 105 guide, QXM8 troubleshooting guide, QXM8 installation manual, Web site.

Noise-reduction features: Noise levels less than 40 dB.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Can be used in conjunction with zone valves and zone panels.

Replacement parts compatibility: Parts are common between models in the range.

Additional features: Ability to provide heating and domestic hot water from the same unit. DHW is provided on demand and will be provided until call is required. Low weight provides ease of installation.

Warranty information: One-year parts, limited lifetime on main heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: Recommended to be piped in a primary/secondary configuration. Circulator pump is field supplied. Sealed combustion allows for clean-burning operation.

Contact: Quietside, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; attn: John Miles, 562-699-6066; 562-699-4351 (fax); johnm@quietside.com; www.quietside.com.

eProduct #267

Rheem

Model: Quiet 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 34 (h) by 23 (l) by 18 (w)

Serviceability features: Low-profile, 34-inch design is lighter and easier to handle and leaves room for optional equipment. Grab-holes on doors leads to easy door removal and access to compartments.

Technical support: Technical support is available from all Rheem distributors, district technical representatives, online (www.Rheemote.net), or Prostock® parts stores.

Technical materials: Support materials available online (www.Rheemote.net and www.kwikpro.com).

Noise-reduction features: The furnace takes advantage of a solid door design to perform at industry-leading sound levels, with sound levels of 70 dBA, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: A combination of matched components are designed to improve IAQ, including antibacterial ultraviolet systems, ERV/HRV systems, electronic air cleaners, and humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: From direct spark igniter to draft-inducer motors, all parts are interchangeable, minimizing inventory space needed to service Rheem equipment.

Additional features: Recognized as the industry's quietest 80 percent AFUE gas furnace in its class. The furnace is part of the most complete, most award-winning furnace family in the industry, the company said.

Warranty information: 20-year limited heat exchanger, five-year limited other parts.

Special installation requirements: Straight installation.

Contact: Rheem, Fort Smith, Ark.; attn: Rheem customer service representatives, 800-548-74336 (800-548-RHEEM); 479-648-4180 (fax); www.rheemac.com.

eProduct #268

Model: Super Quiet 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 34 (h) by 23 (l) by 18 (w)

Serviceability features: Low-profile, 34-inch design is lighter and easier to handle, leaving room for optional equipment, the company says. Grab-holes on doors offer easy door removal and access to compartments.

Technical support: Technical support is available from all Rheem distributors, district technical representatives, online (www.Rheemote.net), or Prostock® parts stores.

Technical materials: Support materials available online (www.Rheemote.net and www.kwikpro.com).

Noise-reduction features: The furnace's combustion air inlet, solid doors, and top plate perform at industry-leading sound levels of 68 dBA, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: A combination of carefully matched components are specially designed to improve IAQ, including antibacterial ultraviolet systems, ERV/HRV systems, electronic air cleaners, and humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: From direct-spark igniter to draft-inducer motors, all parts are interchangeable, minimizing inventory space needed to service Rheem equipment.

Additional features: Recognized as the industry's quietest 80-percent AFUE gas furnace in its class. The furnace received the prestigious and highly coveted Dealer Design Gold Award from The News. The furnace is part of the most-complete, most award-winning furnace family in the industry, the company says.

Warranty information: 20-year limited heat exchanger, five-year limited other parts.

Special installation requirements: Straight installation.

Contact: Rheem, Fort Smith, Ark.; attn: Rheem customer service representatives, 800-548-74336 (800-548-RHEEM); 479-648-4180 (fax); www.rheemac.com.

eProduct #269

Ruud

Model: Quiet 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 34 (h) by 23 (h) by 18 (w)

Serviceability features: Low-profile, 34-inch design is lighter and easier to handle and leaves room for optional equipment. Grab-holes on doors leads offer easy door removal and access to compartments.

Technical support: Technical support is available from all Ruud distributors, district technical representatives, online (www.rheemote.net), or Prostock® parts stores.

Technical materials: Support materials available online (www.rheemote.net and www.kwikpro.com).

Noise-reduction features: The furnace's solid door design performs at industry-leading sound levels of 70 dBA, the company says.

IAQ equipment supported: A combination of matched components are specially designed to improve IAQ, including antibacterial ultraviolet systems, ERV/HRV systems, electronic air cleaners, and humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: From direct-spark igniter to draft-inducer motors, all parts are interchangeable, minimizes inventory space needed to service Ruud equipment.

Additional features: The Quiet 80 uses similar technology as the Super Quiet 80, which is recognized as the industry's quietest 80 percent gas furnace in its class, the company says.

Warranty information: 20-year limited heat exchanger, five-year limited other parts.

Special installation requirements: Straight installation.

Contact: Ruud, Fort Smith, Ark., attn: Ruud customer service representatives, 800-548-7883 (800-548-RUUD); 479-648-4180; www.ruudac.com.

eProduct #270

Model: Super Quiet 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 34 (h) by 23 (h) by 18 (w)

Serviceability features: Low-profile, 34-inch design is lighter and easier to handle and leaves room for optional equipment. Grab-holes on doors offer easy door removal and access to compartments.

Technical support: Technical support is available from all Ruud distributors, district technical representatives, online (www.rheemote.net), or Prostock® parts stores.

Technical materials: Support materials available online (www.rheemote.net and www.kwikpro.com).

Noise-reduction features: The furnace takes advantage of a combustion air inlet, solid doors, and top plate to perform at industry-leading sound levels of 68 dBA.

IAQ equipment supported: A combination of carefully matched components is specially designed to improve IAQ, including antibacterial ultraviolet systems, ERV/HRV systems, electronic air cleaners, and humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: From direct-spark igniter to draft-inducer motors, all parts are interchangeable, minimizing inventory space needed to service Ruud equipment.

Additional features: Recognized as the industry's quietest 80 percent AFUE gas furnace in its class. The furnace is part of the most-complete, most award-winning furnace family in the industry, according to the company.

Warranty information: 20-year limited heat exchanger, five-year other parts.

Special installation requirements: Straight installation.

Contact: Ruud, Fort Smith, Ark., attn: Ruud customer service representatives, 800-548-7883; 479-648-4180; www.ruudac.com.

eProduct #271

Tappan

Model: FG6TA gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 28 (d) by 43 (h) by 14 to 22 (w)

Serviceability features: Diagnostics on circuit board with a flame signal indicator.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Wiring diagram, installation instructions, replacement parts list, technical sales literature, consumer sales literature.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Available field-installed accessories include electronic air cleaners, ultraviolet light, humidifier, media air cleaner, HRV/ERV.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Tappan products.

Additional features: SmartLiteâ„¢ integrated control board provides extended life to igniters in furnaces using hot-surface ignition technology. SmartLite is programmed to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter, then adapt the ignition time to the characteristics of the furnace so the igniter is energized appropriately.

Warranty information: Eight-year parts, five-year quality pledge to replace the entire furnace if the heat exchanger fails, 20-year heat exchanger. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Tappan, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn Matt Lattanzi, 636-561-7469; 636-561-7399 (fax); lattanzim@nordyne.com; www.tappan.net.

eProduct #272

Tempstar

Model: SmartComfort VS 80 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 16 to 23 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: The 40-inch height provides easy installation in tight spaces. Extra-spacious service compartments give more room to work. Furnace's built-in diagnostic system can be used while the furnace is running. Most hose and clamp connections are premade by the factory, reducing installation time.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.tempstardlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: The unit's two-stage heating means it operates in the quieter first stage 70 to 80 percent of the time. The inducer motor is sound enhanced for quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections to make attachment of humidifiers easier.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components standardized throughout the line.

Additional features: Furnace is equipped with new silicon nitride igniters that last longer, are not affected by high line voltage, are difficult to break, and less likely to burn out prematurely, the company says. Troubleshooting LED fault indicator diagnoses practically all system-related malfunctions; it is easy to view through a new sight glass added to the blower door, the company says.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, 25-year limited heat exchangers. A HELP® extended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas unit in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits are available. Meets California standards for low-NOx emissions. A downflow vent guard kit is required for use on multiposition models when installed as downflows.

Contact: Tempstar, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.tempstar.com.

eProduct #273

Model: SmartComfort VS 90 gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 19 to 25 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: These low-profile furnaces are designed with easy-to-remove doors and spacious service compartments to give technicians room to work. Furnace's built-in electronic diagnostic system can be used while the furnace is running. Most hose and clamp connections are premade by the factory, reducing installation time.

Technical support: A network of factory-trained technical service advisors (TSAs), on staff at local distributors, provides local technical assistance and troubleshooting.

Technical materials: Product information posted online (www.tempstardlr.com) includes product spec sheets, installation and operation manuals, and technical support/parts manuals. Technical support materials are also available from local distributors.

Noise-reduction features: The unit's two-stage heating means it operates in the quieter first stage 70-80 percent of the time. The one-piece steel cabinet is thermal-lined and an insulated blower compartment provides added sound protection. Solid stainless steel doors provide a sealed combustion compartment for quiet operation.

IAQ equipment supported: Comes with 24- and 115-V connections to make attachment of humidifiers easy.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Key components are standardized throughout the product line.

Additional features: Furnace is equipped with new silicon nitride igniters that last longer, are not affected by high line voltage, are difficult to break, and less likely to burn out prematurely, the company says. Troubleshooting LED fault indicator that diagnoses practically all system-related malfunctions is easy to view through new sight glass added to the blower door, the company says.

Warranty information: Five-year limited parts, limited lifetime heat exchangers. A HELP® ex-tended service agreement offers five- and 10-year extended coverage on parts and labor.

Special installation requirements: Shipped as natural gas unit in upflow configuration, with all parts included for downflow, horizontal left and right with no need for accessory conversion kits. LP gas kits available.

Contact: Tempstar, Nashville, Tenn.; attn: John Mott, 800-315-4370; 615-383-2215 (fax); john.mott@mottpr.com; www.tempstar.com.

eProduct #274

Texas Furnace LLC

Model: Meridian, TFC, and AllStyle Model SparkLiteâ„¢ gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 14 by 29

Serviceability features: The new system uses a direct spark to light the main burner. The spark is continuous and very quiet, the company says. The fan timer board features a diagnostic light that will flash one to five times if there is a problem during ignition. The number of flashes will indicate the likely problem. The board also has a flame indicator light that will indicate the status of the flame. The interior blower door allows the service tech to work on the furnace with the blower running and in normal operating conditions. There is no need to jump out the blower door switch for service.

Technical support: Available at 800-815-0261 or 713-466-1504.

Technical materials: IOM, troubleshooting guide.

Noise-reduction features: Second interior blower door reduces noise levels.

IAQ equipment supported: Manufacturer did not specify.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: All 80 percent AFUE furnaces use the same control system, gas valve, and igniter.

Additional features: The shortest furnace in the marketplace at 315⁄8 inches, allowing room for the large evaporator coils that will be required for the new 13-SEER units, the company says. Service techs appreciate the interior blower door that allows them to work on the furnace while it is operating in a normal operating condition.

Warranty information: Five-year parts, 20-year heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Texas Furnace LLC, Houston; attn: Thomas Morton, 713-466-1504; 713-466-3648 (fax); tommorton@texasfurnace.com; www.texasfurnace.com.

eProduct #275

Thermo Pride

Model: Air handler

Footprint (inches): 20 by 22 or 23 by 28

Serviceability features: Horizontal drain pan built in, easy-access control board for setup.

Technical support: Available at 574-896-2133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Product literature, I&O manual (includes wiring diagrams, parts breakouts, troubleshooting diagrams, etc.), spec sheet. All available online (www.thermopride.com).

Noise-reduction features: ECM blower motor available for quiet ramp-up, interlocking cabinet panels lined with foil-faced fiberglass insulation.

IAQ equipment supported: ECM motor available that runs at lower speeds for constant filtration, etc.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts.

Additional features: Standard ECM blower motor, comes with A/C evaporator coil already installed (for horizontal or vertical application), interlocking steel casing - rigid construction, tight joints, quiet operation, and reduced heat loss.

Warranty information: Peace of Mind warranty covers Thermo Pride cooling and hydronic coils for 10 years and all other parts for five years. Optional five-year labor or 10-year parts and labor extended warranties also available.

Special installation requirements: Air handler comes with A/C coil installed; hydronic coil needs to be ordered separately; optional upflow cabinet also available.

Contact: Thermo Pride, North Judson, Ind.; 574-896-2133; 574-896-5301 (fax); tpmarketing@thermopride.com; www.thermopride.com.

eProduct #276

Model: OH6 oil furnace

Footprint (inches): 20 by 30 by 45

Serviceability features: Easy-access heat ex-changer cleanouts, control board mounted in the front of the cabinet for easy setup access, flame-observation door.

Technical support: Available at 574-896-2133 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Technical materials: Product literature, I&O manual (which includes wiring diagrams, parts breakouts, troubleshooting diagrams, etc.), spec sheet. All available online (www.thermopride.com).

Noise-reduction features: ECM blower motor available for quiet ramp up, burner enclosed in vestibule, interlocking cabinet panels lined with foil-faced fiberglass insulation.

IAQ equipment supported: ECM motor available (runs at lower speeds for constant filtration, etc.), burner enclosed in vestibule, direct-vent kit available to vent directly out the sidewall instead of the chimney.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts.

Additional features: Highboy unit but low profile at 45 inches tall. ECM blower motor available, 13-ga ocatatherm copper-coated heat exchanger, easy-access heat exchanger cleanouts, 70 degree F temperature rise, ceramic refractory.

Warranty information: Lifetime limited heat exchanger - even to subsequent homeowners, five-year parts. Optional five-year labor or 10-year parts and labor extended warranties also available.

Special installation requirements: Direct-vent kit to vent furnace out side wall instead of chimney (quiet, nonpowered device) are available.

Contact: Thermo Pride, North Judson, Ind.; 574-896-2133; 574-896-5301 (fax); tpmarketing@thermopride.com; www.thermopride.com.

eProduct #277

Trane

Model: XL14i heat pump

Footprint (inches): Varies.

Serviceability features: Quick-Sessâ„¢ panels are easy to re-move for better cleanability of coil. Cabinet design has fewer screws to re-move; unit will run with panel removed and top in place; control box designed for access with more room for tools and technicians' hands; component placement the same across different model families.

Technical support: Available from local distributor.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: Compressor sound shield, shaft down-swept blade fan for quieter and smoother operation, louvered cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Comfort Râ„¢, the enhanced mode of variable speed, when applied with a variable-speed indoor unit, reduces airflow to allow for better dehumidification than a standard single-speed system.

Thermostat compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: Unique cabinet design with polycarbonate top and full louver protection, Spine Finâ„¢ outdoor coil, durable composite basepan will not rust, crack, corrode, or warp. The cabinet design and basepan have extended reliability.

Warranty information: 10-year limited compressor, 10-year limited coil, 10-year limited parts. Parts warranty extends to indoor models when installed at the same time as part of a complete system. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Local Trane distributor; www.trane.com.

eProduct #278

Model: XV90 variable-speed gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 40 (h) by 18 to 25 (w) by 29 (d)

Serviceability features: Integrated furnace control monitors system status and has self diagnostic capability with built-in LED fault code display. cfm LED on furnace control provides visual confirmation of selected heating and cooling airflows. Components and controls positioned for easy installation, access and service.

Technical support: All distributors have a dedicated field service representative who provides local technical support and training.

Technical materials: Manufacturer did not specify.

Noise-reduction features: The soft-start feature of the variable-speed blower motor keeps the audible startup noise to a minimum. The overall operating sound level remains extremely low during first stage operation due to the louverless furnace doors, sealed combustion chamber, reduced firing rate, and lower operating speeds of the induced-draft and variable-speed blower motors. The fully insulated furnace cabinet also plays a key role in minimizing operating noise. The addition of automotive-grade gaskets to the blower compartment doors reduces the infiltration of unconditioned air.

IAQ equipment supported: The exclusive Comfort R cooling mode allows the evaporator to rapidly cool down by staging the airflow during the cooling cycle, resulting in increased moisture removal. This managed cycle of cooling reduces the humidity level and increases the comfort level in the home. Factory wired for optional humidifiers and electronic air cleaners. Field connection leads are labeled for easy identification.

Thermostat compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Replacement parts compatibility: Manufacturer did not specify.

Additional features: Maximum vent lengths of 200 feet and the capability of terminating the exhaust and inlet air in different pressure zones. A low-profile sidewall vent termination kit is available. The integrated furnace control uses the rugged and durable silicon nitride hot surface igniter with adaptive heat-up. The adaptive heat-up routine built into the integrated furnace control increases the life of the igniter by constantly monitoring and adjusting the voltage to the igniter, ensuring that it does not overheat. The capability to adjust the voltage to the igniter also means that the furnace has improved chances of operating during low-voltage or brown out conditions that occur during extreme climatic conditions.

Warranty information: Limited lifetime heat exchanger, five-year limited parts. Extended warranties available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Local Trane distributor; www.trane.com.

eProduct #279

WaterFurnace

Model: EZ Series split geothermal heat pump

Footprint (inches): 26 by 31 or smaller

Serviceability features: Easily removable top, front and side access panels. Easily accessible TXV. Brass, swivel-type water connections. Microprocessor control with input and output diagnostics. Status and fault lights. Factory-installed accumulator and liquid line filter-drier. Removable control box.

Technical support: Available at 888-929-2837 (after hours at 800-455-3624).

Technical materials: Complete spec catalog, installation manual, and other technical support documents available.

Noise-reduction features: Isolation mounted compressors. Sound blankets. Discharge muffler on dual-capacity models. Insulated, heavy-duty cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Compatible with high-efficiency filtration systems and humidifiers.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats, including dual fuel.

Replacement parts compatibility: Some replacement parts common to company's E Series product line. Complete service parts list available.

Additional features: Highest efficiency indoor geothermal split with R-410A. High-tech quality control procedures throughout assembly process and computerized performance testing with water on every unit.

Warranty information: Standard 10-year entire unit (parts and labor allowance). Other warranty options available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: WaterFurnace, Fort Wayne, Ind.; attn: Bob Brown, 800-222-5667; 260-747-5780 (fax); www.waterfurnace.com.

eProduct #280

Westinghouse

Model: FG6TC/TL gas furnace

Footprint (inches): 28 (d) by 43 (h) by 20 or 22 (w)

Serviceability features: Diagnostics on circuit board with a flame signal indicator.

Technical support: Available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time at 800-422-4328.

Technical materials: Wiring diagram, installation instructions, replacement parts list, technical sales literature, consumer sales literature.

Noise-reduction features: Fully insulated blower cabinet.

IAQ equipment supported: Available field-installed accessories include electronic air cleaners, ultraviolet light, humidifier, media air cleaner, HRV/ERV.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Maximum commonality with other Westinghouse products.

Additional features: SmartLiteâ„¢ integrated control board provides extended life to igniters in furnaces using hot surface ignition technology. SmartLite is programmed to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter, then adapt the ignition time to the characteristics of the furnace so the igniter is energized appropriately.

Warranty information: Eight-year parts, five-year quality pledge to replace the entire furnace if heat exchanger fails. Lifetime heat exchanger. Extended product protection is available.

Special installation requirements: Manufacturer did not specify.

Contact: Westinghouse, O'Fallon, Mo.; attn: Matt Lattanzi, 636-561-7469; 636-561-7399 (fax); lattanzim@nordyne.com; www.westinghousehvac.com.

eProduct #281

York

Model: Affinity 8T Series heat pump

Footprint (inches): 37 (l) by 31 (w)

Serviceability features: Full-size service access panel with handle provides access to internal components, slide-down panel provides access to electrical components. An isolated compressor compartment, easy-access angled service valves and an adjustable knockout plate for electrical whips improve serviceability. A factory-installed, solid-core filter-drier reduces installation time.

Technical support: First level of support provided by distributor; factory support available to distributors and dealers by calling 877-874-7378. Support is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Technical materials: York Affinity 8T Series technical guide.

Noise-reduction features: The Ultratechâ„¢ scroll compressor is designed to offer energy-saving efficiency, increased comfort levels, and reduced noise. The Affinity operates in a sound range of 65 to 74 decibels, which is less noisy than competitive units and much quieter than a typical washing machine, which operates in the range of 76 dB. For every three decibels quieter, perceived sound power is cut by 50 percent.

IAQ equipment supported: Operates in two stages for improved IAQ operation and humidity control. It is compatible with a complete line of York residential IAQ products and may be used for dehumidification operation.

Thermostat compatibility: Compatible with most thermostats.

Replacement parts compatibility: Shares replacement parts with other models. Its components are standardized for easier stocking and replacement.

Additional features: The unit's "hot heat" pump technology produces discharge temperatures that are, on average, 10 degrees warmer than standard units. The Affinity is beautiful, quiet, and efficient. Its panels come in seven colors - champagne, terra cotta, jet black, stone, Bermuda, chocolate, and gun metal - or with a college team logo.

Warranty information: When matched with an Affinity gas furnace, coil and/or air handler, the Affinity 8T carries a limited lifetime compressor and a 10-year limited parts, as part of York's Premium System Warranty program. Also has a lifetime heat exchanger.

Special installation requirements: None.

Contact: York, Norman, Okla.; attn: Andy Fracica, 405-419-6563; 405-419-6545 (fax); andy.fracica@york.com; www.yorkupg.com.

eProduct #282

Publication date: 09/19/2005

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