Posts tagged ‘technology’

September 22, 2015, 12:47 pm

Smart Products: The Last of Early Adopters

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the new buzzword for connecting devices to the Internet in order to increase their functionality and user-friendliness. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices. “Smart home technology is catching on because it is literally changing the way we live in our homes,” said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker. Coldwell Banker recently surveyed homeowners with smart products to find out exactly how:

  • 45 percent said smart products save them money ($1,100 a year on average)
  • 57 percent said smart products save them time (30 minutes a day on average)
  • 87 percent said smart products make their lives easier

We know, based on Coldwell Banker’s findings, that there are millions of satisfied smart product users in the marketplace. We also know there’s a wealth of smart products – what began with smartphones and smart TVs has quickly spread to smart ovens, smart refrigerators and smart HVAC systems. Why then is overall interest in smart products down 15 percent?  As John Feland, CEO and founder of Argus Insights, suggests: We’re running out of early adopters.

Tech-savvy homeowners have already jumped on the smart products bandwagon. Other consumers – like first-time home buyers and baby boomers – still don’t understand the technology or think the product is right for them. These homeowners will want smart products when they understand that they are more than a shiny new toy; that the latest and greatest also comes with significant mental, physical and financial benefits. As Feland says, “Novelty drives the first surge; utility drives the second.”

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April 28, 2015, 2:06 pm

RedLINK to the Rescue

Modern technology is improving how we interact in our everyday lives. One way is how we can respond to potentially dangerous situations, which was the case for homeowners Henry and Helen Roy.

April 28_RedLINK Testimonial ImageThe Roys live in Palmer, Massachusetts, where temperatures can get as low as minus 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Henry Roy lost his hearing and suffers from chronic health issues. Late last fall, the Roys lost power and, subsequently, all forms of communication to the outside world. No power meant no heat, which posed a potentially life-threatening situation for the couple.

Thankfully, the Roys had opted to connect their M-Series system to the Honeywell RedLINK Internet Gateway (RedLINK), which offers remote control for the HVAC system using any Internet-enabled smart device. In addition to turning the system on or off and adjusting the temperature, users can receive automatic system alerts – which was particularly crucial in the Roys’ case. When the Roys’ lost power, the couple’s grandson received an email alert informing him of the situation. He called the power company immediately and was able to get his grandparents’ power turned back on. The HVAC system was then back up and running. Thanks to RedLINK, the Roys were kept safe and sound.

“It’s comforting to know our Mitsubishi [Electric] systems are able to let our family know if anything goes wrong at our house,” says Helen Roy.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of RedLINK.

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October 8, 2014, 10:38 am

Industry Celebrates Third Anniversary of First VRF Certification Program

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We introduced Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology to the U.S. more than 10 years ago and currently, it’s the fastest growing HVAC technology on the market. There were two critical steps in its path to industry and end-user acceptance: the passing of Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1230 and the launch of the AHRI VRF Certification Program. This year, we celebrate the third anniversary of its success.

We began working with AHRI and other HVAC manufacturers on the program in 2003. AHRI Standard 1230, the first and only standard in the world for testing VRF zoning products, was passed in 2009. The AHRI VRF Certification Program, which validates the performance of VRF zoning equipment based on the standard, was officially launched in September 2011 with five manufacturers on board – us being one of them. To date, the program includes nine manufacturer participants and 1,367 certified models with at least 168 more expected to be certified this year. We are proud to report that all of our systems that have gone through certification verification testing over the past three years have passed! Here’s why the program continues to pick up steam:

All-Inclusive: The program tests a full range of VRF capacities, from 5,000 Btu/h indoor units to 760,000 Btu/h outdoor units. It allows manufacturers to certify ratings including full load cooling capacity, energy efficiency ratio (EER), heating capacity, coefficient of performance (COP) and simultaneous cooling and heating efficiency (SCHE). The program also provides a method for testing and rating integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER), which involves four tests at different capacities and temperatures to simulate annual usage – this is where VRF really shines.

Third-Party Validation: Products are tested, under the direction of AHRI, at a state-of-the art Intertek facility in Plano, Texas, which was designed with input from all manufacturer participants to ensure that equipment is tested fairly and accurately. Manufacturers’ performance claims are independently measured and verified by the experienced Intertek team.

Reassurance: The program ensures that manufacturers are rating and certifying their products honestly and, better yet, adhere to a higher standard when developing VRF zoning systems. It ensures that products will perform as specified, provide predictability, optimize energy efficiency and improve client satisfaction.

Check out the August issue of JARN for more information on the program. To view the certified products and ratings, go to ahridirectory.org.

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September 10, 2014, 12:11 pm

Have You Checked Out Our Latest White Papers?

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We developed two new white papers to educate architects, builders, contractors and engineers on one of the HVAC industry’s most compelling markets.

Our Multifamily White Paper describes the major benefits of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems, how they meet the demands of designing and building multifamily housing and solve HVAC-related challenges specific to these types of constructions. The Geothermal White Paper provides readers with an overview of water-source (geothermal) VRF zoning technology, its advantages compared to conventional systems and best practices and considerations for selection. Both white papers feature real-life case studies of successful applications.

Click here for the Multifamily White Paper and here for the Geothermal White Paper.

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