Here is a roundup of new products from the International Builders' Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. For up-to-the-minute product reports, visit BUILDER on Instagram at @buildermag.
Resideo Technologies' newest smart thermostats in its T-Series line includes the T9 and T10 Pro models with wireless smart room sensors that measure temperature and humidity and help balance hot and cold spots in a home. The sensors can detect residents as they move throughout the home, and know which rooms are occupied and can then automatically adjust that room to the desired temperature.
The Honeywell Home smart room sensors offer a 200-foot range to help deliver whole home comfort, according to the manufacturer. Through the Honeywell Home app homeowners can set a preferred temperature in any room at any time, and prioritize multiple rooms at different times of day; switch which room is prioritized (for example, lower the temperature in the kitchen when the family is using the stove to make dinner) or use a popular voice assistant or smart home platform to change the set schedule; use geofencing to monitor and activate the home's heating/cooling system; and receive alerts and come home to their preferred temperature if a room reaches a certain temperature. resideo.com
The Complete Water Management system brings water filtration, leak detection, and device management into one platform for easy use through a smartphone app. A central DROP Hub controls an integrated system of water pumps, flow meters, cartridge filters and water softeners with low frequency radio waves, monitoring the devices to alert homeowners to water bursts or leaks, and will even shut off water supply should a water leak occur. The app also monitors temperature, enabling freeze protection for vulnerable water pipes in cold climate areas. DROP controls all of the treatment devices within a home, and lets homeowners know when it’s time to change filters, add salt, or service equipment, plus the system reports and displays water usage data. dropconnect.com
The EXL100c garbage disposal is equipped with six motion-activated LED lights, which illuminate the space under a kitchen sink with up to 75 lumens of output when the cabinet door is opened. The motion sensor is freely positionable, with a front-facing battery compartment for easy replacement. The disposal itself runs on a powerful 1 HP engine, along with Moen’s VORTEX permanent magnet motor and SoundSHIELD insulation. The EXL100c attaches with Moen’s Universal Xpress Mount, which fits all Moen assemblies and most existing three-bolt garbage disposal mounts, along with an open dishwasher inlet that installs without tools. moen.com
The 5/32-inch, brushed stainless steel Schluter shower shelves are made to fit neatly between rows of shower tile, and do not require any additional materials or tools for installation. The rectangular SHELF-N is designed to fit inside Schluter’s KERDI-BOARD-SN shower niche, and the SHELF-E’s three configurations are made for use in corners. The SHELF-W stands alone between tile rows in the shower wall. The shelves complement Schluter’s STYLE shower grates, and the Curve and Floral Patterns match the point and linear drains with the same designs. schluter.com
The Lennox PureAir S whole home air purification system is the newest addition to the company’s indoor air quality lineup. According to the company, the system removes 99.9% of all airborne particles, such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, more than 90% of viruses, such as MRSA, flu, and cold, and it removes and destroys 50% of household odors and chemical vapors in a twenty-four hour period. The system is designed to work with the Lennox iComfort S30 ultra smart thermostat and a Lennox communicating indoor HVAC unit, and reads the life of both the CarbonClean 16 media filter and the purifier, and displays both from zero to one hundred percent on the Lennox iComfort S30 ultra smart thermostat screen. lennox.com
The MyTouchSmart Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer works with Jasco’s existing line of smart lighting to allow users to set a unique lighting schedule for every day of the week based on daily presets, customized settings, a 24-hour countdown timer, full range dimming and a smart Dusk-to-Dawn program, and comes equipped with SunSmart technology – a built-in component that automatically recognizes the sunrise and sunset times for your region and adjusts your ON/OFF times accordingly. The dimmer can be controlled using any mobile device through the myTSmobile app and is certified with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. In addition to the new Smart Dimmer, the myTouchSmart Wi-Fi family includes an In-Wall Smart Switch, In-Wall Smart Outlet and Indoor and Outdoor Smart Plugs. mytouchsmart.com