AHR Expo 2022 Announces Innovation Award Winners

Winning products and technology will be on display at the show in three months in Las Vegas

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The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) recently announced the winners of the 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Awards. Each year, winners are chosen in 10 industry categories to represent the most innovative products and technologies hitting the market in the coming year. 

“This past year was a challenge for everyone, and in unique ways, the HVACR industry,” says Mark Stevens, show manager. “Our industry was called to the front lines to put our very best products and technologies to the test. The Innovation Awards’ purpose is to honor those that are pushing the bar to create innovative solutions to difficult problems. We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s winners and what they bring to the industry, as well as to continue to champion innovation among our professionals.” 

The Innovation Awards encourages exhibitors to submit new products and technologies for recognition via review and selection by a panel of third-party judges made up of distinguished ASHRAE members. Entrants are evaluated based on overall innovative design, the creativity of the product or service offered, application, as well as potential market impact. 

“This industry is tremendously exciting for its role in our everyday lives,” says Stevens. “Now more than ever we have the chance to show the world just how important HVACR is. Manufacturers on the AHR Expo Show floor are in tune with their stakeholders and the greater needs of the world and are responding by developing new tools, products and services that offer safety, efficiency, and sustainable smart solutions.” 

The Innovation Awards program serves as a metric to see the year-to-year growth in the industry. While it officially recognizes only a select few, the show floor at the AHR Expo is a robust example of how manufacturers are growing the industry in exciting ways. 

“AHR show management would like to formally congratulate each of our 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners, as well as finalists and all our entrants, for their continued leadership and contribution to HVACR,” says Stevens. “We look forward to seeing these innovators in the marketplace in the coming year, and in-person on the show floor in 2022.” 

The next show, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. 

The 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners and finalists were selected in 10 industry categories, including building automation, cooling, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, sustainable solutions (formerly green building), tools and instruments, and ventilation. Award winners included:


WinnerCarrierInfinity 24 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence

InnovationThe Infinity 24 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence is Carrier’s highest-efficiency and most advanced heat pump with up to 24 SEER and 13 HSPF for premium energy savings, extremely quiet performance and premium comfort features. The unique, variable speed compressor of this unit allows it to adapt its output to the needs of the home with infinite adjustments between 25-100% capacity. The heat pump offers excellent humidity control and is capable of removing up to 400% more moisture than standard systems. Based on Carrier testing, all data was run with the systems cycling once they met the assumed home load. The assumed load at AHAM conditions (80/70, 80) is the capacity of the variable-speed running continuously in dehumidification mode. The difficult conditions load was determined by a Wrightsoft load calculation for a home in Florida at 69 OD 72/63 ID. This condition was provided by a customer in Florida as “worst case.” 


WinnerFranklin Electric / Little GiantInline SpecPAK, Multi-Pump Pressure Boosting System

InnovationAt only 14.5 inches deep, its unique smaller footprint makes the Franklin Electric Inline 1100 SpecPAK Pressure Boosting System small enough to be hung in a small utility closet or wall hung to preserve critical floor space. The system’s Inline 1100 constant pressure pumps are quiet, compact, self-contained, and versatile. Powered by water-cooled motors, it delivers quieter operation versus traditional air-cooled motors. 

The self-contained design delivers a “plug and play” solution that is part of a complete package centered around easy installation, operation, and durability. The ability to expand is a foundational and distinctive benefit. Both the suction and discharge headers are sized to accommodate the flow rate from the maximum speed of four pumps. Quick and easy disconnects to the main panel allow customers to disconnect each pump individually with minimal system disruption. 

It’s always exciting to follow along as these products and services come to life in the marketplace,” says Stevens. “What’s more, is to see others work to keep pace with innovation and develop new solutions. We are thrilled to be back in person and headed to Las Vegas for a return to business. We hope you’ll join us and these winners in action on the show floor before they hit the market.” 

Funds raised from the entry fees of the Innovation Awards competition will be donated to a Las Vegas-area charitable cause.

Registration for the 2022 AHR Expo is free until Jan. 30, 2022, and can be completed at ahrexpo.com.


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