Chicago, Illinois — The winners of AHR Expo’s 2024 Innovation Awards have been announced. The award series showcases innovative products that will be featured on the show floor.
There are 10 industry categories in this year’s contest, including building automation, cooling, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, sustainable solutions, tools & instruments, and ventilation.
Building Automation: The HyperStat Split thermostat by 75F enables contractors to upgrade RTUs with advanced rooftop control. Using only two existing wires from the RTU to the thermostat, HyperStat Split provides a dual enthalpy economizer, demand-control ventilation, and VFD control. Booth #S6374, S6277.
Cooling: The DSG compressor by Danfoss is designed for low-pressure refrigerants such as R1234ze with low global warming potential. Applications include chiller systems, with a wide range of compressor capacities available to support unit design requirements. The DSG has been specifically designed for low-pressure, low global warming potential refrigerants such as R1234ze. Booth #N2510.
Heating: Ephoca upgrades its PTAC unit with the introduction of Nextact. The PTAC features R32 refrigerant, twin rotary inverter compressors, heat pump performance to -10 F, integrated ERV, MERV13 filter, and self-cleaning coils. No drain is required for cooling or heating. Nextac evaporates the condensate in cooling and heating to replace any PTAC. Booth #S9914.
Indoor Air Quality: WellStat is an indoor air quality and energy management software platform used by property and facility management teams to assure healthy air quality conditions, lower operating costs, and increase operating revenue. Booth #N3417.
Plumbing: The Triton Light Duty by Rheem is a high-efficiency commercial gas water heater that features built-in smart monitoring and leak detection. The unit prevents downtime, manages water heater issues, and keeps businesses running smoothly. With a capacity ranging from 50 to 75 gallons, Triton Light Duty’s patented combustion system and helical coil heat exchanger provide maximum thermal efficiency and durability. Booth #S7569.
Refrigeration: AirGreen’s BMIL Brine-based DX cold room heat pump provides less than 26 F dewpoint supply-air in a single process step. This packaged unit design provides up to 50 per cent energy savings while also significantly reducing capital costs. Booth #S9377.
Software: SAM (Skill Advisor and Mentor) by Interplay Learning is an AI-powered advisor for the skilled trades. SAM gives teams instant and personalized guidance so they can gain skills faster and more efficiently. Technicians can ask SAM questions and get immediate assistance while they’re learning, helping enhance comprehension and sharpen critical thinking. Booth #S10537.
Sustainable Solutions: Midea’s packaged window heat pump is a window-mounted cold climate air source heat pump, designed for DIY installation and energy-efficient heating and cooling. Midea’s PWHP unit performance is 9,000 BTU/hr heating and cooling, with a CEER rating of 16.0, and a 2.35 COP at 17 F. Booth #S10371.
Tools and Instruments: The Flue-Mate Combustion Analyzer by Inficon is designed to improve combustion efficiency and safety. This tool is equipped with an integrated manometer, thermometer, CO test, and cracked heat exchanger test and provides draft analysis. Flue-Mate displays efficiency, O2, CO2, CO and flue gas temperature readings all on one screen. Booth #N2934.
Ventilation: The SAV-Smart Air Valve by HVAC Manufacturing and Technology Inc. is a self-commissioning air control solution with a 100-to-one turndown and precision airflow accuracy within a few CFM operating as low 0.03-inches of water gauge. The SAV mitigates risk by creating a new simplified value chain leading to a paradigm shift by obsoleting fixed orifice plate technology. Booth #S9220.
AHR’s 2024 Expo will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from Jan. 22 to 24.