With health and wellness and indoor air quality as top concerns for home buyers, innovation is flourishing in home systems. From controllers that can detect elevated volatile organic compounds and automatically adjust ventilation performance to exhaust fans with antibacterial violet lights, system manufacturers have been hard at work to launch products that will help homeowners feel at ease and live more comfortably. In addition to HVAC, electrical manufacturers have continued to develop solar panel technology, release more functional outlets and switches, and build upon the existing whole-home systems that allow owners to monitor and adjust their preferences via smart devices.

Broan-NuTone

Broan-NuTone

To reduce the spread of bacteria in bathrooms, Broan-NuTone has developed a new cover option for the SurfaceShield exhaust fan that combines Vyv antibacterial violet light technology with powerful ventilation. The replacement LED modules are deadly to bacteria, fungi, and mold, says the manufacturer. The upgraded cover is compatible with existing ventilation fan housing dimensions of 9 1/4 inches by 10 inches. There are two lighting modes, an everyday white light and the SurfaceShield continuous antimicrobial mode. broan-nutone.com

Leviton

Leviton

Leviton’s new LED illuminated switches remain gently illuminated with white LED light in the off position, making them easy to detect in any dark space, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways, staircases, basements, laundry rooms, and garages. According to the manufacturer, they are the only illuminated switches engineered for optimal performance with all bulb types, including LEDs, CFLs, and incandescent, without requiring a neutral wire. leviton.com

LG

LG

LG’s new 66-cell NeON R and NeON R Prime modules feature back-contact technology, which enables all interconnectors to be positioned on the cell’s under side to increase the potential for sunlight absorption and decrease vulnerability to environmental damage. The technology, along with the relocation of electrodes to the back, also provides a sleek, modern appearance to the module. Available to builders this spring, the NeON R 66-cell residential solar panel has a power output up to 440W, while the NeON R Prime comes in a 425W model. lg.com

Legrand

Legrand

Legrand now offers a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet with built-in connections for USB devices. The GFCI USB outlet allows users to charge devices in any environment where GFCI protection is required, including kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas. The outlet includes both USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors, automatically self-tests every three seconds, and allows users to resolve breaker trips with a press of a button. The outlet case is available in standard and metallic finishes, and features the aesthetics of Legrand’s radiant collection. legrand.us

Fantech

Fantech

Fantech has created a new control option for its lines of heat recovery ventilator and energy recovery ventilator appliances—the ECO-Touch Auto IAQ controller. Among other features, the system is able to automatically detect elevated volatile organic compounds in a home air system and adjust ventilation performance to cycle in fresh air. It also adjusts for elevated moisture in the home, and will regulate air circulation in response to events (like large gatherings) while the touchscreen control panel allows homeowners to easily identify the home’s air quality status. fantech.net

Weil-McLain

Weil-McLain

The Eco Tec high-efficiency boiler is available in combi versions with response time and domestic hot water output designed for residential use. The boiler, which features a fire-tube heat exchanger, is easy to install and service, according to the manufacturer, and operates with a 95% AFUE rating. The combi models are available in 110, 150, and 199 MBH with hot water output up to 5.4 gallons per minute. The product includes built-in zone control and connects up to four thermostat inputs. weil-mclain.com

Tresco Lighting

Tresco Lighting

Chip-on-board (COB) LED tape is the latest advancement in tape lighting from Tresco Lighting. With diodes directly mounted on a printed circuit board and a continuous fortified coating, the flexible, high-density LED lighting strip creates the company’s Luniform look without dark spots. For indoor use only, the product features a 115-degree beam angle and is available in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4800K, or 6500K. It is sold in 16.4-foot rolls and is cuttable every 1 1/2 inches. trescolighting.com

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric

The size range has been extended for the M-Series SUZ Universal Outdoor Unit single-zone heat pump. The unit is now available in 24,000, 30,000, and 36,000 BTU/H capacities, alongside the existing 9,000, 12,000, 15,000, and 18,000. The unit is a part of the M-Series line of indoor and outdoor units, and is compatible with the PEAD mid-static and SVZ multiposition air handler indoor ducted units. The unit features a heating operation range of -13 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and a cooling operation range of 23 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. mitsubishicomfort.com

York

The York branch of Johnson Controls has launched a new smart HVAC zoning control platform—the Hx3 Communicating Zoning System—to allow users to adjust temperature and humidity in up to eight rooms. Homeowners can control the system through the Hx app or the separate Wi-Fi-enabled Hx3 main controller. Both tools allow users to customize schedules for up to eight zones, with additional options for humidity control, geofencing, away mode, and vacation mode. york.com

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric has launched the next evolution of its SquareD Energy Center. The home energy system allows homeowners to control all their energy needs and IoT-connected devices in one place. It integrates an array of smart home technology, including whole-home surge protection, EV connectivity, a Qwik-Connect solar inverter, a backup interface module, backup-ready panel, and more, according to the manufacturer. It also addresses changing building regulations, including California’s Title 24. se.com

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