In much of the United States, A/C systems are still in use, but here atThe NEWS, we are already thinking about all the new boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps being offered by manufacturers.

The NEWS' annual Commercial Products Heating Showcase introduces the latest heating units that are available for the upcoming heating season. The intent is to help contractors assess new product offerings by putting key product information at their fingertips.

The information included with this 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 product submitted by manufacturers. The point is to help contractors and technicians compare and contrast the different products, so they have helpful information to provide their customers.

The showcase includes a product chart, which include technical facts such as unit tonnage, system type, product availability, and Btuh (click on Heating Showcase in the left column to view the product chart). The feature "2006 Commercial Heating Product Review" in this issue provides more in-depth information on each unit, highlighting the benefits and additional features. Technical support information is also included in the product review feature, as well as information on how to contact manufacturers and/or distributors.

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

The NEWS' annual Commercial Products 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 (phone), 480-726-7120 (fax), or

This is the first year The NEWS will produce two Heating Showcase issues. While this issue covers products from the commercial heating category, The NEWS will use the Sept. 18 issue to cover products from the residential heating category.

Publication date: 08/28/2006