In the high tech home, energy management is as important as any smart device, and HVAC is a major component of that. HVAC companies are following the home management trends with WiFi, connected thermostats, and modules that connect equipment from various manufacturers under a single app. Companies such as American Standard and Trane are creating energy management systems that allows the components to work together to create more efficient homes that respond to the homeowners’ preferences.
These four companies will showcase their new technologies at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas Jan. 20-22.
American Standard (Booth S2043)
American Standard is breaking into the connected device market with Platinum Controls, an integrated range of thermostats that allows homeowners to set the ideal temperature from a smartphone, tablet or computer. The Platinum 950 features remote comfort controls, a 7-inch color touch screen, air quality management tools, humidity sensor and even doubles as a digital photo frame.
American Standard is also showing its A1GW EnviroWise geothermal water heating system, for radiant heating and cooling. The Platinum ZM offers up to 22.5 EER and up to 15 tons of capacity with two-stage radiant heating and cooling.
Trane (Booth C1253)
Trane says its CleanEffects whole-house air filtration system is eight times more effective than HEPA filters. The TruComfort variable speed air conditioners and heat pumps deliver efficient comfort through a series of sensors that maintain the lowest speed needed to maintain the selected temperature, rather than cycling on and off at full capacity like conventional systems.
The ComfortLink II Control is a thermostat and “home comfort command center” featuring a seven inch high-definition color touchscreen that allows homeowners to monitor energy useage, check outdoor and indoor temperatures, track weather forecasts and set up severe weather alerts. When equipped with Nexia Home Intelligence, homeowners can remotely control their home’s thermostat from any smart device.
Rheem (Booth C7308)
Rheem’s EcoNet allows the company’s heating, cooling and water heating products to communicate on an integrated network and through a cloud-based interface. The platform lets homeowners control air and water systems through a wall-mounted smart thermostat or remotely through a free mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. EcoNet uses a homeowner’s WiFi connections to locate and link all compatible systems, and a WiFI module attaches to compatible water heaters to enable connectivity.
The system features an automated setup that can configure the entire system from one location and gives contractors a set of comprehensive diagnostics in a display. When paired with the Rheem Comfort Control2, EcoNet is backwards-compatible with current communication AC equipment. EcoNet can also support connections with home automation systems for complete home control. Rheem is partnering with Wink home automation to provide management of multiple brands from a single app.
Big Ass Fans (Booth C6931)
Big Ass Fans brings the bling to IBS with the polished aluminum blades of the Haiku 84 ceiling fan.
The polished aluminum Haiku 84 began as a custom-made birthday present for Big Ass Fans Founder and Chief Big Ass Carey Smith. The fan “boasts a mirrored finish evocative of classic cars and Art Deco styling. It adds a muscular pop to garage spaces, bar areas and man caves, and a splash of sophistication to showplace spaces such as restaurants, shops, atriums and auditoriums,” according to the company. It also wouldn’t look out of place in a post-modern Stanley Kubrick movie. Big Ass Fans is a founder of the Thread connected home platform along with Nest and more than 40 members. The Haiku line features an integrated hub that allows the fan to move air at the correct speed in order to maintain the desired room temperature.