The 2017 Dealer Design Awards (DDA) contest featured a wide-array of contractor-oriented HVACR products with features that assist in installation, maintenance, and service. These products showcase the best that HVAC has to offer and include everything from large-scale commercial rooftop units to hand tools.

Now in its 14th year, the contest featured 80 entries across 13 categories, all competing for the gold, silver, and bronze awards.

Those categories spanned an assortment of critical HVAC aspects, such as residential controls, ventilation products, and refrigeration. Manufacturers, both large and small, were represented in the competition, ensuring a diverse range of products would have the opportunity to compete.

The Dealer Design Awards are judged by 20 contractors from across the U.S. who are active in the industry and have their collective fingers on the pulse of what’s happening. In this year’s contest, judges were able to look at products with a clear goal of becoming smarter, offering greater user control, and becoming more accessible to end users. Those lucky few who were honored in this year’s competition were praised and rewarded for putting years of research into the creation and design of their respective products.

While bragging rights are a prize all their own for those who placed in the Dealer Design Awards, each winner will also receive the highly coveted 2017 Dealer Design trophy (pictured at right). Manufacturing headquarters from coast to coast display these trophies as proud reminders of their accomplishments and to showcase their achievements for all to see.

The Dealer Design Awards are always striving to grow and improve. The NEWS would like to congratulate each winner and also thank each and every contractor judge who took the time to review products in this year’s competition.

“The Dealer Design contest is truly a unique award because it is the only HVACR product competition that is judged by HVACR contractors, which is a true test for how good a product is,” said Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS. “Each entry submitted was a good product, and I know our contracting judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. I appreciate the contractors who took time out of their busy schedules to judge and also the manufacturers who submitted their equipment.”

This issue of The NEWS showcases and honors the winning entries from each of the 13 product categories. Inside are photos, details, and quotes about each product in an easy-to-read spread sure to provide insight into what makes these products worthy of recognition. The NEWS has also posted the winners online in a full-color gallery, complete with product information and direct links to the winners’ websites. Coverage begins on Page 8.

2017 Dealer Design Award Winners
Gold ComfortSense® CS8500 - Commercial Programmable Thermostat Lennox Intl. Inc.
Commercial Controls Silver NEUTON Multi-Zone Semco LLC
Bronze Site Supervisor Emerson
Gold LinePort MarketAir Inc.
Components and Accessories Silver AC Leak Freeze PRO with Magic Frost RectorSeal Corp.
Bronze Snapfix MarketAir Inc.
Gold Marathon® Motors UlteMAX™ Motor Regal Beloit Corp.
HVAC Commercial Equipment Silver V3 Series Aaon Inc.
Bronze Landmark High-Efficiency Heat Pump, 2 to 10 ton packaged units Lennox Intl. Inc.
Gold PredictAir™ Application Software Dwyer Instruments Inc.
Contractor Services and Software Silver FilterFetch Jackson Systems LLC
Bronze Genteq® Evergreen InTune WiFi programmer Regal Beloit Corp.
Gold Quantum Air™ Remote Air Cooled Condenser Heat Transfer Products Group Inc.
Refrigeration and Ice Machines Silver Copeland Scroll™ Outdoor Refrigeration Unit – X-Line Emerson
Bronze IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizer RGF Environmental Group Inc.
Gold MR45 Recovery Machine Fieldpiece Instruments Inc.
Electronic and Hand Tools Silver Yellow Jacket® OMNI™ Digital Vacuum Gauge Ritchie Engineering Co. Inc.
Bronze 490A Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer Dwyer Instruments Inc.
Gold LRP16GE Packaged Unit Lennox Industries Inc.
HVAC Residential Equipment Silver Rheem Prestige® Series Hybrid Electric Water Heater Rheem Mfg. Co.
Bronze Lennox Elite®-series EL16XC1 Air Conditioner Lennox Industries Inc.
Gold WH Series Aaon Inc.
HVAC Light Commercial Equipment Silver YORK® Direct Fit™ Rooftop Unit Johnson Controls Inc.
Bronze Next-Generation Packaged Rooftop Unit Nortek Global HVAC
Gold AirSMART IAQ Fresh-Air UV
Indoor Air Quality Silver VRP - Variable Speed Vertical Heat Pump Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.
Bronze Rapid Recovery Unit® Air Purification and Odor Control System RGF Environmental Group Inc.
Gold Replacement Energy Recovery Wheels Airxchange Inc.
Ventilation Products Silver BreezSignature 80/110 CFM Exhaust Fan/Dimmable LED Light/Night-Light with Dual Speed Delta Products Corp.
Gold YORK® Affinity™ Johnson Controls Inc.
HVAC High-Efficiency Residential Equipment Silver Rheem Prestige® Series R97V Modulating Upflow Gas Furnaces Rheem Mfg. Co.
Bronze GeoComfort Navigator Series 2-Stage Split Geothermal System Enertech Global LLC
Gold AVUL Air Velocity Transmitter Dwyer Instruments Inc.
Testing and Monitoring Products Silver NOFLOW CORE J Flow Products LLC
Bronze KE2 LDA Local Area Dashboards & Alarms KE2 Therm Solutions Inc.
Gold ESP - Electronic Static Pressure Module Jackson Systems LLC
Residential Controls Silver FAST-STAT Common Maker Nordic Technology Ltd.
Bronze Climate Control Zoning System II Uponor Inc.