ProBuilder Product Report: HVAC

Go ahead and vent with these new HVAC products from Honeywell, Johnson Controls and more.
August 31, 2008

A Steamy Affair

Anyone who suffers from asthma will tell you effective humidification and dehumidification systems are essential. Honeywell’s new TrueSteam models provide efficient humidification separate from the air temperature. The line has three models, each with different control options. The units only require a 1 3/4-inch cut into ductwork and mount on a separate lightweight bracket.For FREE information, visit 

A Mini-Me for HVAC

The Latitude and Affinity furnaces by Johnson Controls’ York line feature a more compact design. The furnaces measure 33 inches high, which is perfect for closets, attics, garages and other tight spaces. The Latitude model is a single-stage furnace, and the Affinity has a modulating gas configuration. Both operate quieter than the company’s previous models. For FREE information, visit 

Say Goodbye to Structured

Uponor’s new Climate Control Zoning System uses the latest in wireless technology for complete radiant heat control in every room of the house. The zoning system ships in a starter kit that includes a radio-controlled module as a base unit; the interface module; an external and removable antenna; connection cables; necessary mounting accessories; and, of course, instructions and a user manual. For FREE information, visit

Cool Moves

Efficiency and environmental friendliness go hand-in-hand with Payne’s new R-410A air conditioner models. Two 13-SEER models are offered and both meet Energy Star requirements. Both have new fan blades to minimize noise and improve economy and air movement. Rubberized isolation pads create a buffer between the base pan and compressor to reduce vibration. For FREE information, visit 

Don’t Wake Daddy

Panasonic has made the next WhisperWarm ventilation fans more compact, quieter and lighter. Model FV-11VHL2 provides homeowners with a light and nightlight feature. The model has a new grille design and operates at 0.6 sones— the same noise created by a rustling shrub. The units install with a 4-inch duct. For FREE information, visit

A Brawny Broan

The new Make-Up Air Dampener from Broan provides make-up air when you need, not all the time like other air solutions on the market. The dampener uses the company’s LinkLogic system to communicate through exiting power lines in the home and works with other Insteon-enabled products. For FREE information, visit 

Snap It to a Mr. Slim

With a SEER rating of 23 for the 09NA model and a 22 rating for the 12NA model, Mitsubishi’s latest Mr. Slim M-Series MSZ-FD/MUZ-FD heat pumps offer a much higher efficiency rating than standard 13 SEER models. The MSZ indoor units feature two new allergen-removing filters and an “i-see” sensor for a more comfortable room. For FREE information, visit 


These can deliver hot water even on the coldest of days. The Solaride solar thermal system, made for Rheem Water Heating by its Australian subsidiary, Solahart, uses a closed-loop system with one solar collector panel (on model RS47-21BP, shown) to provide roughly 45 percent of a 1-1/2-bath homes’ hot water needs. For FREE information, visit


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