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									clammy atmosphere. This occurs
because cold air holds less mois-
ture than warm air, so the rela-
tive humidity (rh) can actually
increase although the air condi-                                                                                                                                                                         build up naturally in homes.
tioner is running.
    By sensing the rb inside the
                                                               C    ARROLLTON. TEXAS - In an effort to assist the
                                                                    homeowner in achieving optimal healthy
                                                               and comfortable air. RSI Rooftop Sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The desiccant-impregnated wheel
                                                                                                                                                                                                         also allows homeowners to remove
home, a whole house dehumidifier                               tems Inc., Garrollton, Texas, has intro-                                                                                                  moisture in the summer or add
keeps the humidity at the desired                              duced the Rave, a residential energy                                                                                                      humidity in the winter. An advanced
level so it dehumidifies without                               recovery ventilation (ERV) unit.                                                                                                          frost-control system ensures the
overcooling. With a dehumidifier,                                  According to the company, not                                                                                                         Rave will work efficiently even during
the greater the unit's capacity, the                           only is it more than 80 percent effec-                                                                                                    subzero days.
faster the home can be brought                                 tive, but it also humidifies or dehu-                                                                                                         Contractors are able to attach the
to a comfortable humidity level,                               midifies a house at the desire of the                                                                                                        unit to a new or existing home's
said the company. Comfort-Aire's                               homeowner. The product uses pat-                                                                                                         1   heating and cooling system. Stan-
WHD-130A, for instance, has a                                  ented wheel technology that rotates                                                                                                          dard pleated filters, that can remove
130-pint per day capacity.                                     between incoming and outgoing air                                                                                                         airborne particles as small as 5 microns,
    "Dehumidification can no longer                            streams to pump out stale air and                                                                                                        are housed in channels for easy access.
 be considered just an off-shoot of                            pump in fresh air while capturing up                                                                                                     The Rave Is self-monitoring and an
 air conditioning," said Sycks. "As                            to 80 percent of the energy within the                                                                                                    indicator on its optional control panel
 we continue to remodel and build                              exhaust.                                                                                                                                  lights up when a clean filter is required.
 homes that are more energy effi-                                 In the winter the Rave pre-heats,                                                                                                     The optional remote control looks like
 cient, controlling humidity will                              and in the summer it pre-cools, incom-                                                                                                   a thermostat and mounts to a wall. It
 become increasingly important,                                ing fresh air while removing harmful con-                                                                                                allows users to switch the unit on and
 not just to prevent damage to the                             taminants such as chemicals, radon, odors,                                                                                              off, or place it in economizer mode and
 home and furnishings, but to avoid                            formaldehyde, viruses, and bacteria that                                                                                              adjust wheel speeds.
 potential health problems." •

        Qear the Air with                                                                                                          Review                               Humidity Control
        American Ultraviolet                                                                                                       Latest Data!                         Products Gain
                                                                                                        New Government Kesearch étudiée
                                                                                                        indicate American Ultraviolet leads the
                                                                01/10/08                                Competition in Active "Dosage Fer Watt                          By Angela D. Harris                      Authorized Dealer. To help solve
                                                     u.V. RESEARCH REPORT                               Efñciencies. "
                                                                                                                                                                        Of The NEWS Staff                        his customers* humidity issues,
                                                                                                        June 2006 Rsport:                                                                                        he has been installing the Infinity
                                                                                                                   : ((Tt/ratJon afficlèncy In HVAC appUcsrlons-                  he days of emptying the        System since 2003 and the Infin-

                                                                                                                    : -nniinr of (JVCenergy produced offsets
                                                                                                                                                  should have had                 dehumidifier and fill-         ity System Air Purifier since late
                                                                                                                                      .3n,ir>oms performa                         ing the humidifier are         2006. His North American Tech-
                                                                                                                                              '• rure produced a much
                                                                                                                                                                                  passing quickly. There         nician Excellence (NATE)-certi-
                                                                                                                                                                        are still quite a few stand-alone        fied technicians commonly find
                                                                                                                                                                        models on the market, but manu-          themselves retrofitting the Infin-
                                                                                                                                                                        facturers have turned to designing       ity System to fit any existing home
                                                                                                                                                                        integrated devices and controls          that has a humidity issue.
                                                                                                                                                                        allowing homeowners to choose               "We are also specifying the
                                                                                                                                                                        and maintain a comfort level with-       Infinity System in newer custom-
                                                                                                                    Following the »amo teot pivU>colprmioue^
                                                                                                        u»ad. the American Ultraviolet fixture la now rated
                                                                                                                                                                        out having to remember that when         built homes," said Todd. "I per-
                                                                                                        higher tfun ail other manufacturer'» fixture« for 'doM          the wheel inside the big brown           sonally have the Infinity System
                                                                                                        (vW-«4e/cmZ) per watt. "
                                                                                                                                                                        box in the living room stops turn-       and Air Purifier in my home, and
                  Biological Inaclivation                 Dosage Per Watt
                                                                                                                                                                        ing, it needs more water.                it makes for an incredibly com-
                        Eitictency                           Efficiency                                                                                                    There are, however, a few steps       fortable living environment."
                                                                                                                            ¡aUitsa that ^eahave highracing6
                                                                                                                                                                        between the manufacturer and                 Accordingto Todd, the Infinity
                                                                                                                                                                        the homeowner in the supply              System is the first HVAC system
                                                                                                                                                                        cliain and choosing the proper           to use a single control to inte-
         American Uliniviiilet has manufactured UVC                 u ^ f-tVAC units with UV light thnt will      Contact American Llitiaviolet tixiay. We'll           humidification or dehumidifi-            grate and manage all six-comfort
         gennicidal Hxliircs lor HVAC applications since        TCtiuce.oreliminiiic DNA-bascd iiirtxime          tiear the air about llie CPAreport.And. in
         I960 - .10+year» longer than our compeiiiofs.          contaminanlK and provide building occupants       addilion lo clearing the iiir in your building,       cation solution is the responsi-         functions: temperature, humid-
         More than 50J100 of these lîxtuies are safely          with healthier air lo bn;athc.                    well help you ensure HVAC system ellkiency,           bility of the HVAC contractor.           ity, airflow, ventilation, IAQ, and
         operating thmughuut tht world. Designed                                                                  prolong equipment life and lower your
         specifically tor HVAC applications. Duel Clean         All American Ultraviolet UVC fixtures             energy and maintenance cost.s.                        Homeowners often come to con-            zoning. The system includes the
         (DC Series) and Coil Clean (CC Series) UVC
                                                                are made in ttie U.S. and teature:                                                                      tractors with a single complaint         Infinity Control, a single control
         fixtures increa.se the value of all air condiüoning    • Highest Output Lapnps (800mA)
         and air-circulating systems by nußi
                                                                                                                                                                        — discomfort. Resolving this dis-        that allows for management of
                                                                • "Green" lamps (s 8mg of mercury)
         system ciTieiency and prolonging hh                    • Two-year ( \7i3O0 hours) guarantee                                                                    comfort requires multiple con-           the entire system including levels
         life. In addition.American
         fixtures Deat air thai pauic
                                                                  on lumps                                                                                              siderations for the contractor that      of humidity in the home. It also
                                                                • Easiest in install and replace                                                                                                                 offers enhanced communication
                                                                  patent-pend ing lamps                          American Ultraviolet                                   extend beyond heating and cool-
       CC Series                                                                                                       Since 1960. It's all we do.                      ing to humidity control, IAQ, etc.       capabilities, such as advising
                                                  Series (ixtures feature a                                              www^uvhvacxom                                                                           when it's time for regular main-
                                          moisture-prool design and easily
                                        nount in watious conligutations for                                             jstines@auvcoxom                                SIX-IN-QNE CONTROL                       tenance and filter changes.
                                   pass-by air deconlamination and/or to                                                  (SÜO) 288-9288                                                                            "There's no other system on
                               in-adiate cooling coils and drain pans.                                                                                                     Craig Todd, president of Godby
                                                                                                                                                                        Heating and Air Condition-                the market with the brain trust
                                                                                                                                                                        ing, Indianapolis, is a residential      of the Infinity System that allows
                                                                eProduct #37 at achrnews.com                                                                            contractor and Carrier Factory           the homeowner to adjust humid-

16                                                                                                                                                                                              AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING & REFRIGERATION NEWS • August 11, 2008
                                                                                                                                     cates when the humidifier is on
                                                                                                                                     and operating properly, helping
                                                                                                                                     to eliminate nuisance calls. Other
                                                                                                                                     features include a digital display
                                                                                                                                     of the home's relative humidity
                                                                                                                                    (rh) percentage, and LEDs indi-
                                                                                                                                    cating when maintenance and
                                                                                                                                    service are required.
                                                                                                                                         All Temp has also discovered
                                                                                                                                    that using this automatic control
                                                                                                                                    transfers the comfort responsibil-
                                                                                                                                    ity from the homeowner to the
                                                                                                                                    unit. Working in conjunction with
                                                                                                                                    an outdoor temperature sensor to
                                                                                                                                    raise and lower the indoor rh per-
                                                                                                                                    centage automatically, the control
                                                                                                                                    gives the homeowner the comfort
                                                                                                                                    desired while protecting the home
                                                                                                                                    from excessive moisture.
                                                                                                                                        "The 'set it and forget it' fea-
                                                                                                                                    ture of the automatic digital
                                                                                                                                    humidifier control provides the
                                                                                                                                    homeowner peace of mind," said
                                                                                                                                   Merholz. "The desired level of              The new ideal 591 Self Wound FSK
                                                                                                                                    indoor relative humidity is a              is a firstin the Insulation market. 591
                                                                                                              Carrier's Infinity                                               is wound on itseit - not on a messy
                                                                                                         System uses a single
                                                                                                                                    moving target, depending on the            paper iiner. And it provides a higti
                                                                                                     control to integrate and       outdoor temperature. A drop in             performance bond and a strong,
                                                                                                      manage all six-comfort        outdoor temperature when the               efficient moisture barrier.
                                                                                           functions: temperature, humidity,       homeowner is away can lead to a
                                                                                         airflow, ventilation, lAQ, and zoning.                                                As ttie 591 Set! Wound story unrolls,
                                                                                                                                   very unhappy customer."                     you see advantages evefywhere:
                                                                                                                                        According to Merholz, the most         •   Compact, lightweigtit rolls
                                                                                      customers purchase a humidi-                 important aspect for every HVAC             •   Less faügue wtien working overtiead
                                                                                      fier based on health and comfort,"           dealer is the bottom line, and his          •   Reduced applicaBon time
                           tomatic Humidifier Control                                 he noted. "Homeowners want to                company has grown theirs with               •   No paper scraps to cleai-up
                                                                                      solve their issues with dry, scratchy        Aprilaire humidifier installations.         Ideal Tape's 591 SW FSK tias been
                                                                                      throats and static electricity, and              "All Temp has found that home-          proven by pros in ttie Tteld. For a free
                                                                                      a whole-house humidifier solves              owners are willing to pay more              sample, go towww.idealtape.œm
                                                                                      those problems."                                                                         or call usât 800 229-9148.
                                                                                                                                   for the features and benefits the
                                                                                         To help contractors like Mer-             new Aprilaire automatic digital
                                                                                      holz, Aprilaire has created the
                                                                                      Automatic Digital Humidifier
                                                                                                                                   humidifier control has to offer,"
                                                                                                                                   he pointed out.
                                                                                                                                                                                      in;   IDEAL TAPE COMPANV

                                                                                                                                                                                The Tape The Pros Stick With"
                                                                                      Control for its line of humidifiers.             "Also, the decrease in instal-         1400 MIDOLESEX STREET. L O W B J ^ MA D1651
                                                                                      The automatic digital humidifier             lation time and the reduction of                   EMAIL INFOOIOEALTAPE COM

                                                                                      control features a "Humidifier               nuisance calls means more profit
                                                                                      On" light. This green LED indi-              on every job." •                           eProduct #18 at actirnews.com

Rob Merholz, owner of All Temp Chicagoland Heating & Air Conditioning in
Chicago, has discovered that using Aprilaire's Automatic Digital Humidifier
Control transfers the comfort responsibility from the homeowner to the unit.

 ity levels and to control lAQ,"               in four wires and the system is
 pointed out Todd. "The total                  ready to go."
 system provides optimal opera-
 tion and comfort in the home."
     Todd has seen the results in
                                                  Beyond residential installa-
                                               tions, typical applications include
                                               dental and doctor's offices.
                                                                                                                 Spend most of
 his home.
    "For years, I set my home ther-            CONTROLLING PROFIT
                                                                                                                your time on hot
 mostat on 72°F and now I set my
 thermostat on 75° with the humid-
                                                   Rob Merholz, owner of All
                                               Temp Chicagoland Heating & Air
                                                                                                                 and cold calls?
ity set at 52 percent," he said. "This         Conditioning in Chicago, is a resi-
saves energy and money, all while              dential and small light commer-
estahlishing the optimal indoor                cial contractor who understands
environment. The system pro-                   the benefit of specifying humidity
vides optimal humidity levels and              control for the home and business
unmatched indoor air quality."                 owner. All Temp has been in busi-
                                               ness since 1938 and has been using
     He also benefits from the
Infinity System as a contractor.               Aprilaire products since they first
    "The No. 1 benefit is proof of             came out with the whole-house
truly satisfied customers," he                 humidifier in the 1950s.
noted. "Additionally, the profit                   According to Merholz, All Temp
margins are optimal for a dealer,              sells humidifiers based on the home-                                                                                        O2OO8 FhDte Corporation. Ad 02279

and installation is made easy                  owners' needs; comfort, health, pro-
by the advanced technology in                  tection, and energy savings.
the controller. You literally plug                "We have found that most                                                           ^Product #31 at actirnews.com

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