Climate Control

August 31, 2006


The Onan HomeSite 6500 portable power generator delivers 5 kilowatts of power with a 13 horsepower engine, circuit breaker protection, cast iron sleeve and a 6.5 gallon fuel tank. The generator can run nine continuous hours and is outfitted with two plug-ins. Whole-house residential standby generators are also available in 2.8, 4 and 45 kW.





The Microchannel MiniCube 13 SEER air conditioner from Luxaire is the smallest unit of its kind. Available in one- to three-ton sizes, the unit uses an aluminum tube coil with micro channel technology to provide higher efficiency without a corresponding increase in coil surface area while using less refrigerant. The unit's footprint remains 21¾ inches square and the height varies from 22½ inches to 30¾ inches depending on the unit's capacity.





The Park Avenue fireplace line from Napoleon features a night light, a heat-circulating blower, the company's Phazeramic flame burner technology, cast iron andirons and a handheld remote to control both the night light and flame height and intensity. The fireplaces burn at 26,000 BTUs and come with fluted refractory or sandstone herringbone panels.




American Fluorescent

Designed by artist Stephen Blackman, the Wellesley Chandelier from American Fluorescent is a five light, energy-efficient model that also features high-temperature wax candles for an authentic feel. The fixture uses five triple 13-watt compact fluorescent bulbs and one regular 13-watt CFL. Each chandelier has a dimmable ballast, flush mount, sconce and outdoor lantern.



Lutron Electronics


Based on its predecessor, Lutron's Maestro IR remote control dimmer has LED light level indicators and raise/lower buttons. The infrared remote control can be used up to 30 feet away from the dimmer. The remote can be replaced by most programmable universal remote controls. For builders, screw terminals have replaced wire leads and wire connectors, reducing clutter in the back box and installation time.





Direct vent fireplace systems can be upgraded with Desa Hearth Products' VersaFire burner and log design system. The system standardizes the burner and log interfaces, delivering more BTUs with a realistic-looking flame pattern. The line is available in various dimensions and styles. The company's Ceramat silicon carbide-coated mat allows gas to flow efficiently.





The REG100FL luxury bath fan with fluorescent light from Fantech is Energy Star qualified and has a 5½-inch housing to fit between floor or ceiling joists. The 6-inch exhaust grille has a 14-watt compact fluorescent bulb. It features a 122 CFM fan and a one-vent assembly. Two-vents and 263 CFM fan models are available.




A programmable digital control for Carrier's Infinity System provides longer heating and cooling cycles at lower fan speeds for energy savings and more consistent temperatures throughout the home. It measures and regulates temperature, humidity, airflow, ventilation, indoor air quality and zoning in a single control. It also advises when it's time for regular maintenance and filter changes.





The latest line of fireplaces from Heatilator is available as a direct vent or b-vent configuration in 36-inch and 42-inch sizes. The facades are available in a standard refractory pattern or a weathered option and also feature a larger log size.

Available fronts: modernist, arts & crafts and Jamestown.





The Tommy Bahama ceiling fan line from Emerson includes the Marine, a 54-inch hardwood-blade fan trimmed in silver or bronze. The blades are available with teak, dark cherry or medium antique with housings. A halogen light is included with an optional plate for non-light use. The fan comes with a wall control unit and 80-inch lead wires.




Ouellet Canada

Capable of temperature readings every 15 seconds and cycling heat 240 times-an-hour, the digital electronic thermostat from Ouellet can, according to the company, lower energy costs from 15 to 20 percent. The baseboard heater model is in accordance with OSHA standards and listed for use in both the United States and Canada. Available in several models and voltages.



Kichler Lighting


The Independence line from Kichler lighting incorporates modern and colonial-era Williamsburg style with Shaker feel. This line is finished in oiled bronze and has exposed candelabra lamps and mocha silk shades to hide faux candles. The line is also offered in an antique pewter finish accompanied by satin-etched glass shades.

Fax: 216/573-1003




For automated control of fluorescent lights, appliances or high wattage incandescent lighting, Leviton's X10-compatible, 15 amp wall switches use a mechanical relay to switch the load, opposed to triacs for switching. The wall switch modules come with an interchangeable white/ivory paddle switch cover and require a neutral wire connection.





Featuring the Guardian flammable vapor ignition resistance technology, the Rheem FVIR power vent gas water heaters have vent run capabilities that make it possible to vent vertically or horizontally up to 100 feet with 2-inch or 3-inch PVC, ABS or CPVC pipe. Each model features a quiet blower and electronic ignition controls.




SunStar Heating Products

Available as a natural or LP gas model, the EN10 10,000 BTU per hour vent-free radiant gas room heater from SunStar has a Piezo spark ignition system that uses a pilot light. The EN10 has two configurations in either a top-mounted manual control or a non-electric thermostatic control. The heater has an automatic gas shut off if oxygen levels fall below normal in a room.




International Comfort Products

The 14 SEER SoftSound SX 2400 residential heat pumps from Comfortmaker, a division of International Comfort Products, has a wider fan propeller diameter, two-speed motor and a sound jacket for quieter operation. The unit also has an LED fault indicator to diagnose system malfunctions and a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor.





Offering HEPA filtration, the Afuera central vacuum system from Electrolux features the company's CleanStream filter from the makers of Gore-Tex. The vacuum has 550 watts of power and has an LCD display to inform users when it is time for maintenance or filter changes. The filter is guaranteed for the life of the system.




A.O. Smith

The Vertex residential power-vent gas water heater from A.O. Smith has a 90 percent thermal efficiency and generates 76,000 BTUs of heat. The unit can output 127 gallons in the first hour and has a 92 gallon recovery at a 90 degree rise. It also features side taps for combination systems.





Extended-life compact fluorescent lamps from GE include 12,000-hour Spiral lamps and 10,000-hour reflectors. They come in 10–42-watt varieties and have a 2,700 maximum lumen output and burn at 2,700 degrees Kelvin with a color-rendering index of 82. They last 60 percent longer than previous CFLs. Regular plug-in, self-ballast and bright-stick designs are available.



Progress Lighting


The indoor Oxford silver ceiling fan has a three-speed reversible motor and features reversible 52-inch cherry or oak blades. Made by Progress Lighting, the Oxford's canopy can be applied to sloped ceilings up to 45 degrees. An outlet box mounting plate has a simple wiring hook-up and an oversized hanger ball reduces vibrations and wobbling.




The latest line of 13 Seer compact split AC systems from Fedders range from 1.5 to 4 tons, have a top air discharge, a large coil surface and an easy access control box. Each unit also has a factory-installed liquid line filter dryer and a brass suction and discharge service valve. The exterior is coated with a 1,000-hour salt spray polyester finish.





With a depth of 3¾ inches, the WhisperValue ventilation fan uses less energy than conventional fans and is Energy Star-certified. The fan has a backdraft damper and white metal grill with detachable adaptors, secured duct ends and adjustable mounting brackets. The model also features a double-hanger bar system for ideal positioning.



Heat & Glo

The Soulstice gas fireplace from the Modern Collection by Heat & Glo has a low heat output feature for extended use and a programmable function to start the fireplace. A sleep timer turns the unit off at night. The fireplace features the company's Halo surround and has a metallic finish for a contemporary look.





The AirScape 1.7 Whole House fan from HVACQuick is a central exhaust fan which can be used as an AC unit in warmer climates or to complement existing units. It consumes one-tenth the energy of most air conditioners and has a motorized, insulated door. It operates at 60 Hz for 140 total watts with 1700 CFM at high speed and 1000 CFM at low speed. It installs between 16 or 24 inch O/C joists.





The Casbah fan line from Hunter is available in a pewter finish with faux leather and a satin bronze finish with faux acorn leather. Both styles have four dark walnut veneer blades with a 52-inch span. The fan is powered by a 172 mm by 15 mm AirMax motor and can be installed in flush, standard or angled mountings.





Also designed for pharmaceutical and cleanroom applications, the D-Mark OdorGuard Rigid Cell HVAC Filters offer extended surface chemical filtration. The filters use granular activated carbon or a 50/50 blend of carbon and activated alumina impregnated with 5 percent potassium permanganate to remove odors, VOC's and light gases.





The Elite Series outdoor gas fireplace by Lennox has a stainless steel front face and its firebox parts are weather resistant. The unit has a contemporary tall design and has a hidden burner of lava rocks to create a natural presentation. The fireplace burns at 60,000 BTU and is available with screened opening widths of 36-inch and 42-inches.




Often no bigger than the size of a suitcase, the compact tankless water heaters from Noritz output 190,000 BTUs an hour. They can be installed indoors or outdoors and have a power-vented 4-inch flue. The units are activated with direct ignition rather than a pilot light.





Fresh Air Systems from Broan includes the HRV90H, a compact, heat recovery ventilator for homes from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet. The unit is designed specifically for use in places with limited space. It eliminates excess moisture during the heating season while recovering heat from outgoing stale air. It has a net recovering efficiency of 65 percent when operating at low speed at 32 degrees.




The WhispaE 110-volt kickspace heater has 30-inch hoses and a 12 inch compression fitting. Made by Myson, the unit may be connected to a timer or thermostat for control. It can handle temperatures up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and works at 100psi while drawing 13 amps on high.





According to the company, the CleanEffects system from Trane removes 99.98 percent of airborne particles such as bacteria, pollen and mold spores from the filtered air — even particles as small as .3 microns. It uses electricity comparable to a 75 watt light bulb. Testing was done by LMS Technologies in the laboratory and by Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), under real-world operating conditions.


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