The cover story of Time’s July 14 issue is a 39-page special report, “The Smarter Home.” Naturally, I had to read it.
March 2007 New Product Report
New Products from Sill-Rite, Variform, and International Comfort Products among others.
Vinyl window sills from Sill-Rite are made with pre-finished composite PVC that requires no priming or painting. The white sills wrap around the sides of the window as opposed to having a butt cut; can be installed during or after applying drywall; and help prevent moisture damage. The product has two lines: classic and streamline.
For FREE information, visit Sill-Rite
The Timber Oak Ascent vinyl siding from Variform employs BASF's Permahue in nine different colors for a wood grain look. Two Traditional and one Dutch Lamp profiles are available. The siding also sports a six-layer Pointe-Lock system and a curled-over nailing hem that, according to the company, has a 222mph wind resistance.
For FREE information, visit Variform
Eighty percent AFUE Comfortmaker two-stage condensing gas furnaces from International Comfort Products includes the SoftSound VS80. The furnaces feature new variable-speed motors with 12 speed selections. The VS80s can be installed in upflow, downflow or horizontal configurations and have larger panels for access.
For FREE information, visit International Comfort Products
The SIU405 range hood from Sirius Range Hoods is a 16-inch wide and deep island-style hood with a telescoping chimney. It features a 4-speed 600CFM motor that operates via wireless remote. The unit includes a 10-minute-delay off timer, heat overload sensor and a dishwasher-safe aluminum filter. For FREE information, Sirius
Designed to operate kitchen garbage disposals, the Everpure Air Switch from Water Inc. can remotely operate two 120-volt appliances. The system's components include an air transmitter, electric controller and air hose. When the user depresses the system's button, air is forced down the hose to activate the appliance's electrical switch.
For FREE information, visit Water Inc.