While there are far too many new products to include here, the goal is to showcase a few of the smart pieces of equipment that are now available in the HVAC industry.
The Ultra Silent humidity-sensing fans from Broan utilize Sensaire technology to detect a rapid increase in humidity at the ceiling. The fans then automatically turn on, exhausting excess moisture, and turn off once the job is done. The fans feature 110 cfm, 0.7 sones, 6-inch ducting, and a 3-year warranty.
Comfort Call, a thermostat accessory that works with Totaline Slimline thermostat models, is a remote access system that allows homeowners to call their thermostats from any phone, any time, anywhere, to monitor and adjust the temperature of their homes. Comfort Call consists of two parts: a base station that connects to the phone line and a wireless module that plugs into any Slimline thermostat. It works in a way similar to checking voicemail messages. Jason Schneider, Totaline thermostat product manager, noted that Comfort Call allows flexibility ... and that’s smart.
York is also highlighting its Millennium single-package rooftop unit, which has smart features built into its Simplicity Elite control. The control contains Intelli-Start logic, which learns the warm-up and cool-down characteristics of an occupied space, so the space is at the right temperature at the right time. According to Tony Landers, commercial marketing manager, the single package rooftop unit is easy to install and service.