The Top 10 Products Of 2008
April 1, 2009
Here are the top 10 products from 10 different manufacturers that were featured in Supply House Times in 2008, based on the number of reader inquiries we received after their publication. For more information on any of the products, please use the reader circle numbers.
Hydronic Heating and Hot Water Recirc Systems Handbook>
The new “Hydronic Heating and Hot Water Recirc Systems” pocket manual from Grundfos was written and developed for technicians in the field. The richly illustrated handbook was developed by independent hydronic pros and Grundfos, aiming to be the ultimate field guide for hydronic and hot water recirc installers. Sections include: basic piping, radiant heat, pump theory, boilers and troubleshooting.
PEX TubingThe new Performa PEX Tubing is 30% more flexible than any of Zurn’s other products, making it substantially easier to handle and less time-consuming to install. It has an integral oxygen barrier and complies with ASTM F-876/F-877. Performa is manufactured utilizing a new Layflat technology, which produces coils with minimal “coil memory” so it lays flatter. This tubing is suitable for a full range of residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Zurn Pex Inc.
High-Efficiency Toilet SystemsSloan Valve Co.’s new High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) Systems, which package 1.28 gpf Flushometers with vitreous china fixtures, combine the performance of both the toilet and the flush valve to ensure true, water-efficient systems. Specifiers have a choice of manual Flushometers and sensor-operated Flushometers, which are battery-powered, hardwired or solar-powered. Sensor-operated models include the Sloan ECOS, a battery-powered electronic dual-flush Flushometer that automatically initiates a water-saving flush cycle based on time spent in sensor range, and the solar-powered Sloan SOLIS dual-flush and single-flush Flushometers.
Sloan Valve Co.
Comfort Control SystemRheem introduces the second generation of its Comfort Control System (CC²S). The new HVAC control panel offers detailed system status displays for the contractor and a unique set of system control features for the homeowner. A powerful new feature is its auto-configure capability. When a Rheem Series 500 Thermostat is used in tandem with the controller, the contractor can set up the system, simultaneously monitor the air handler and heat pump, and customize the home comfort settings from one location.
Rheem Manufacturing Co.
High-Efficiency ToiletsBriggs introduces a trio of high-efficiency toilets, designed to reduce water consumption. The Conserver (pictured), which enables user selection of either 1.0 or 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), achieves an average water savings of 20% compared to typical toilets. The Maelstrom Max HET, provides powerful one-flush performance, using only 1.28 gpf. Briggs’ third new Turbo 3 flush-assisted model, The Renovi HET, combines value pricing with 1.28 gpf water conservation.
3-Inch Universal FlapperThe 3-inch Universal Toilet Flapper from Fluidmaster is guaranteed to fit all three-inch flapper-style flush valves no matter what brand, make or model. Two unique features include an adjustable frame width and an adjustable flapper float to match the manufacturer’s original flush performance. It is designed with a rigid frame and silicone seal.
Mascerating Toilet SystemLiberty Pumps introduces the new Ascent macerating toilet system. Now you can have the freedom to install a bathroom easily where gravity drain lines do not exist without breaking floors. Perfect for remodeling or home additions, the system features an elongated ADA-comfort toilet with a macerating pump, which pumps the waste to an existing gravity sewer line in the building. The pump can perform to vertical heads of 15 feet and runs of up to 150 feet horizontally.
Towel WarmersAmba electric towel warmers are suitable for both domestic and commercial use. Easy to retro-fit with a minimum of skill required. They are resistant to corrosion and offer energy-saving potential by saving laundry cycles. Available in different finishes, they are made of 80% recycled steel with a finished product of 304 high quality stainless steel.
Amba Towel Warmers
Tankless Electric Water HeatersStiebel Eltron’s DHC-E tankless, electric water heaters are ideal for all point-of-use and booster applications. The DHC-E offers hot water instantaneously, heated as it flows through the unit. Standby heat-losses from conventional systems are completely eliminated. Designed and manufactured in Germany to North American standards, the rugged DHC contains all copper piping and heating elements.
Tankless Water Heater Water and Gas Connection KitsDormont Manufacturing has introduced water and gas connection kits that provide all components needed to install gas or electric tankless water heaters. Each kit consists of service valves with dual 3/4-inch NPT union connections, a high Btu gas connector and two water connectors.