Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Professional Builder Product Report: HVAC
An overview of HVAC-related products is presented, including air cleaners, air conditioners, metal dryer boxes, and ductwork that silences unwanted noise.
With fire safety in mind, the DBX1000-M metal dryer box from Construction Solutions minimizes fire hazards by providing a recessed area in the wall for the dryer vent hose, thereby reducing the possibility of kinks in the hose, which largely contribute to fires caused by lint build-up. It also allows the gas line connection to be made within the cavity, and the box can be rotated in any direction to accommodate both upward or downward venting. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-133
Meeting the American Lung Association's Healthy House guidelines, the Honeywell F300 Whole-House Electronic Air Cleaner removes up to a reported 98 percent of airborne particles passing through the system. Installed directly inline with the home's HVAC ductwork, the unit gives particles an electrical charge and collects them like a magnet. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-134
It's all about giving home owners options, and York's Hybrid Comfort System does just that. An electric heat pump provides warmth during mild winter weather, while a gas furnace provides supplemental heat during colder days. The company says the system can contribute to big savings on utility bills and that the units may also help homeowners qualify for utility and tax incentives. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-135
The Comforteer TCGD series of air conditioners with MicroChannel coil technology from Coleman are made in eight 13+ SEER models. The smallest unit measures 24 inches high by 23½ inches wide by 23½ deep and weighs 96 pounds. The units use R-22 refrigerant and feature a standard limited warranty (five years on parts and five years on the compressor). For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-136
Nothing is worse than noisy ductwork in the middle of the night. Owens Corning's
QuietR ducts offer, according to the company, 75 percent more energy efficiency than plain sheet metal ducts. Air leaks are reduced eightfold, resulting in less sound transmission through the house and, most importantly for some, the pops and creaks found in normal sheet metal ducts are greatly reduced. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-137
Myson's T6 IVC Center-Connection Radiator is a dual panel, double convector radiator that offers the advantages of a 2-inch central connection as well as the standard four-corner connection to save installers time. The T6 IVC replaces baseboard up to 29 feet and delivers up to 16,036 BTUs per hour. It carries a five-year warranty. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-139
The Select Power-Vent gas water heaters with C3 (Corderite Combustion Containment) technology from State were designed to meet the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for flammable vapor ignition resistance (FVIR). The units feature a corderite flame arrestor that will not retain or conduct heat, a self-contained pilot burner assembly and versatile placement options for gas water heaters in residential renovation applications. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-138
Recently certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the C98 series (also known as the 3237 series) from Rinnai is now available in both indoor and external versions. The R98i-ASME and R98e-ASME are for residential use where ASME certification is required. The units have 9.8 gallon-per-minute output at a 35-degree temperature rise. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5336-140