Daikin Unveils Texas Technology Park

The new Daikin Texas Technology Park is one of the most technologically advanced HVAC manufacturing facilities in North America.  Covering an area of approximately  4.1 million square feet on 500 acres of land, it is the third largest factory in the US and the fifth largest in the world.

Located just outside of Houston, Texas, the new facility is designed to better serve customers, employees, and the environment by consolidating manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing, and sales into one campus.

The $417 million facility is expected to put about 5,000 people to work in the Houston area through direct employment and the expected arrival of related businesses.

Click here for a virtual tour.

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Up to $100 Rebate for Rinnai Propane-Fired Products

Rinnai propane-fired products are eligible for up to a $100 rebate through December 31, 2017.

Rebate Period: Offer valid April 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Eligible Products & Rebate Amounts:

  • SE+ Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RUR98i-LP, RUR98e-LP, RUC98i-LP, RU98e-LP, RUC90i-LP, RU90e-LP, RUC80i-LP, RU80e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • SE Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RUCS75i-LP, RUS75e-LP, RUCS65i-LP, RUS65e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • HE+ Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RL94i-LP, RL94e-LP, RL75i-LP, RL75e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • HE Series Tankless Water Heaters (models V94i-LP, V94e-LP, V75i-LP, V75e-LP, V65i-LP, V65e-LP, V53e-LP) – $50 rebate
  • Commercial Products Demand Duo ™ Commercial Hybrid System  – $100 rebate
  • Condensing Boilers (models QP130N*, QP85N*, Q205S-LP, Q175C-LP, Q175S-LP, Q130S-LP, Q85S-LP, E110C-LP, E75C-LP, E50CN*, E50CR-LP, E75CR-LP, E110CR-LP, E60SR-LP, E85SR-LP, E110SR-LP) –  $100 rebate (propane models/converted models only)
  • Direct Vent Furnaces (models EX38C-LP, EX38CW-LP, EX22C-LP, EX22CW-LP, EX17C-LP, EX11C-LP, EX08C-LP) – $100 rebate
  • Vent-Free Fan Convectors (models FC510-LP, FC824-LP) – $50 rebate

Contractors, make sure when you’re installing Rinnai Propane equipment, you include the claim form for the rebate. Instructions to provide homeowners is provided below.

Rinnai products are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Claim instructions to share with homeowners:

  1. Purchase Rinnai qualifying product between April 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 AND install by January 15, 2018
  2. Complete the claim form & have it signed by the installing contractor
  3. Submit the claim form, the invoice for purchase & installation of the qualifying product & the invoice for a propane kit (if applicable) to Rinnai, at the address on the Claim Form.

Ultravation Introduces New Ion Generator For Indoor Air Quality

Ultravation® has introduced the Orion™ ion generator for odor and fine particulate reduction to help your customers breath better.

The Orion™ ion generator can be used independently or in combination with other IAQ systems. The negative and positive IONS generated by the Orion™ charge even the smallest airborne particulates causing them to bind together in clusters large enough for capture in filtration. It enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of any air filter. You can also add an Orion™ ion generator as an additional stage in the breakdown of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Features and Benefits:

  • 3x more powerful than other air cleaners
  • No ozone
  • Connects to any 24 VAC transformer or any existing Ultravation 24 volt IAQ product
  • Adjustable electrodes enable installation in strategic locations
  • Magnetic mount provided to simplify installation when possible
  • 6 ft. quick release power cord included
  • Wall plug-in adapter available
  • Works with any HVAC system, ice machine or PTAC system

The Orion™ is available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Daikin Announces Updated Consumer Website

Daikin has announced the launch of the newly updated daikincomfort.com website. The new website offers a complete visual refresh from the previous version and provides a simplified layout with content organized for the consumer experience.

The updated daikincomfort.com will initially focus solely on the consumer and include residential products only. Professional content and commercial product information remains at daikinac.com at this time.*  The updated website includes a new responsive design that is optimized for all internet browsers. Consumers can easily navigate from the Homepage (shown below) to all areas of the website, with prominent placement for Product Registration and Warranty Lookup.

*The content of daikinac.com will be enhanced and integrated into a new professional section of daikincomfort.com, with an anticipated launch later this year.

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New & Improved Features:

  • A newly integrated Product Selector page provides users with minimal HVAC knowledge to identify product features and  select the best match for their needs.
  • The Find a Dealer locator is prominently displayed at the top of each page so the consumer can find a nearby dealer when they are ready to purchase a new system.
  • Future content improvements will include recommended maintenance and basic troubleshooting tips and more about Daikin’s commitment to customer service.

The full Press Release is located at www.daikincomfort.com/press-releases.

Daikin ductless products are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Amana® Products Now Have Premium Product Packaging

To better differentiate its Amana brand, Goodman Manufacturing has introduced premium product packaging on all Amana-brand high efficiency equipment:
condensing units, heat pumps, furnaces, and air handlers. The packaging enhancements are designed to better protect products in transit and provide homeowners with a premium experience upon delivery of their new unit.

New packaging includes a larger skid, full unit coverage, and a tighter fitting lid.

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Premium Packaging (left) vs. Standard Packaging (right)
  • Larger skid provides margin on each side
    of the unit to help reduce bump damage
  • Sleeve provides full unit coverage and protection
  • Tighter fitting lid to prevent slippage and provide enhanced protection

 

The new premium packaging also clearly shows the American Pride logo  (below) for homeowners to see.

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Goodman Manufacturing, in conjunction with The ACHR News, conducted a survey of contractors that showed, when asked, 75% of homeowners prefer a product made or assembled in the United States.

HVAC Distributors Amana dealers will start to see delivery of units with the new packaging, effective immediately.

Nest Thermostat Earns ENERGY STAR Designation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated Nest’s learning thermostat an ENERGY STAR product, making it the first thermostat to receive the acknowledgement since regulators stripped it from all programmable thermostats years ago.

The Nest thermostat, which learns customer preferences and schedules over time, helps consumers save energy.

hero-71cfc039b4“You can’t force people to program their thermostats to save energy. But the whole equation changes if thermostats can learn to do it themselves,” Nest Director of Energy Business Ben Bixby wrote last month on the company’s blog.

According to the Bixby, independent studies prove the Nest device saves 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, which could equate to savings of almost $150 annually.

Help your customers get a Nest for less, by finding eligible rebates and rewards from energy partners in their area.

Nest thermostats are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

 

ComfortNet CTK04 Now Includes Voice Control

Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to connect their lives and homes.

Goodman has recognized this trend and has updated the ComfortNet CTK04 to include voice controls. When you install a CTK04 and connect it to the Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway, your homeowner can use many of today’s popular home electronic assistants to control their Goodman or Amana brand  ComfortNet system.

Some of the home electronic assistants  and apps that are compatible with the new CTK04 include:

  • 518738-google-home-vs-amazon-echoAmazon Echo is a wireless speaker that uses Alexa Voice Assistant to control devices in your home.
  • Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
  • The Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app allows you to control the CTK04 directly through your smartphone and/or tablet.

This new voice control options is another way the ComfortNet CTK04 control separates itself from the competition by integrating with some of the biggest smart home companies today and making a great product even better for your valued customers.

ComfortNet CTK04 thermostats, Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway and Google Home devices are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.