Most of the country has barely switched off their air conditioners, but here atThe News, we’re already thinking about all the new boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps being offered by manufacturers. That means it’s time once again for the Heating Showcase.

This annual event in The News introduces the latest heating units that are available for the upcoming heating season. The intent is to help contractors prepare for winter by putting key product information at your fingertips. The information included with this Heating Showcase issue is based on what contractors have told us they’d like to see.

Included in the coverage are feature-specific details about each individual product as submitted by the manufacturers. The point is to help contractors and technicians compare and contrast the different products, so you have helpful information to provide to your customers.

The Heating Showcase includes product grids, which include technical facts such as unit tonnage, heating type, and Btuh. These charts are provided on The News’ home page. (Click on the Heating Showcase link to access the charts in PDF format.) The features “Light Commercial Heating Product Review” and “Residential Heating Product Review” provide more in-depth information on each individual unit, highlighting the benefits and additional features of each. Technical support information is also included, as well as information on how to contact manufacturers and/or distributors.

All of the data included in the product grids and the product review features were provided by the manufacturers. Therefore, any questions should be directed to them via the contact information provided in the feature stories.

The News’ annual Heating Showcase issue is meant to be a tool for contractors to use when preparing for the heating season. If there is something additional that you would like to see in next year’s coverage, please contact Joanna Turpin at 480-726-7121, 480-726-7120 (fax), or

Publication date: 09/22/2003