Whether new or already on the market, thermostats, controls, and building automation system (BAS) products are integral pieces of the HVAC puzzle. Residential and commercial product applications are diverse in nature and they control anything from temperature and IAQ to energy usage and lighting.
The following products are currently on the market to assist commercial and residential contractors in achieving effective HVAC balance and control.
PRODUCTS TAKE CONTROLBryant (www.bryant.com) -The Evolution® system control is designed to be dealer friendly during installation, diagnostics, and servicing. It has an optional Remote Access function and features easy plug-and-play installation. The four-wire, color-coded thermostat walks technicians through the entire process using intuitive screen prompts. The control displays routine maintenance reminders for the homeowner, along with their dealer’s name and phone number. An optional Remote Access feature also notifies the dealer via e-mail, phone, or pager messages with the homeowner’s maintenance reminders and urgent alerts.
Carrier Corp. (www.carrier.com) -The new Edge™ thermostat combines technology and systems integration with the latest in style and fashion. Launched at the 2007 International Builders Show, the Edge was the first line of thermostats in the industry designed to function not only as a comfort control device, but also as a design accessory, said the company. Borrowing the sleek design from high-end picture frames, interchangeable faceplates are available in silver metallic, espresso leather, gold luster, saddle-brush, onyx, quartz, and natural wood grain finishes. The outside cover protects the internal design, featuring chrome detail on the backlit buttons and chrome beading surrounding the display. The line also includes optional, programmable solutions when the Edge Expansion Port (ExP™) technology is installed.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com)- The Portable Comfort Control (PCC) is a newly released, wireless control that can provide simple and effective immediate heating or cooling. Homeowners of zoned homes can also use it to change temperatures in other areas of their homes without walking to the thermostat. By sensing temperature wherever it goes, the PCC gives homeowners the freedom to make temperature adjustments from anywhere to achieve on-demand comfort. When paired with Honeywell’s wireless FocusPRO® and wireless outdoor air sensors that measure temperature and humidity, homeowners can make informed decisions about changing their heating and cooling settings.
“With JENEsys SNAP!, owners of light commercial buildings have the benefits of building automation and energy management systems without the associated development and commissioning costs,” said Bob Mealey, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Lynxspring. The unit connects to a network of 1-120 thermostats. It automatically generates the customized user interface based on the type and number of thermostats on the network. It creates graphics and populates trends, alarms, and schedules with default values. Roles-based security, reports, history logs, audit trails, and a demand-limiting module are standard.
Trane (www.trane.com)- The XL 900 comfort control is designed with easy-to-read backlit screens and intuitive prompts that help customers make the most of their home comfort systems. Compatible with the ComfortLink™ II communicating system, the XL 900 offers simplified wiring, auto-discovery, and self-configuration. It can display up to 26 error codes and enables remote system monitoring. It also maintains temperature within ±1°F, limiting temperature swings and improving energy savings.