The 2018 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 HVACR has to offer and include everything from large-scale commercial rooftop units to hand tools.

Now in its 15th year, the contest features 39 new and innovative products across 13 categories. The categories span an assortment of critical HVACR aspects, such as residential controls, ventilation products, refrigeration, components and accessories, and more.

This year, 98 entries were submitted, all competing for the coveted gold, silver, and bronze awards.

Both large and small manufacturers were represented in the competition, ensuring a diverse range of products and companies would have the opportunity to compete.

The Dealer Design Awards are judged by 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.

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, editorial director 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 three 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.

Publication date: 7/23/2018

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