Coleman Introduces Echelon Variable Capacity Residential Systems

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Coleman brand of Johnson Controls recently introduced its most advanced product line to date—the Coleman Echelon Variable Capacity Residential Systems. In addition to variable capacity technology, these new systems feature built-in advanced charge monitoring technology for faster, more accurate installations and maintenance.

Among these advanced technologies, inverter-driven variable capacity technology takes advantage of constantly changing conditions in a home to slow down or speed up system operation, depending on current conditions and load requirements. In this way, the technology helps maximize comfort while minimizing energy consumption and contributing to Energy Star Most Efficient ratings for the systems’ up to 20 SEER AC21 air conditioners and HC20 heat pumps.

Efficiency is further enhanced by matched and communicating indoor equipment, coils and air handlers seamlessly integrated with the Wi-Fi-enabled Coleman Echelon Hx Thermostat. The easy-to-use touch-screen thermostat allows homeowners to precisely control and monitor their home comfort systems anywhere they have internet access. Contractors also benefit from communicating indoor and outdoor units that enable a self-monitoring feature that allows a contractor to quickly identify and diagnose system issues—potential or immediate—and minimize interruptions to comfort.

Charge View monitoring on air conditioners and heat pumps helps ensure units are charged correctly when installed—all without attaching any gauges, sensors or accessories to the unit. A digital screen on the corner of the unit quickly displays refrigerant pressures and temperatures necessary to evaluate the system charge, ensuring faster, more accurate installations, maintenance, maximized service life and added peace of mind for homeowners.

Homeowners will also appreciate several additional technologies that enhance comfort. WhisperDrive incorporates a sound-reducing swept-wing fan blade, composite base pan and sound containment cloak to reduce typical outdoor operating sound levels, while Climate Connect enables contractors to set up systems faster and more accurately, by selecting from one of three preconfigured operating profiles—humid, dry or normal—based on climate and homeowners’ specific needs.

A third system—EcoTrak—allows further fine-tuning of the blower operation for specific applications, whether to compensate for arid environments or maximize the use of additional air quality accessories. Contractors can offer improved indoor air quality with a variety of devices, including system-matched humidifiers, germ-killing UVC lights and high-efficiency MERV 16-rated filtration, for reduced dust and contaminants.

Coleman Echelon Variable Capacity Residential Systems also appeal to contractors with features that include a swing-open electrical box that provides full corner access to the inside of the unit for easy installation and service. Additionally, contractors can access systems remotely, when granted permission by the homeowner, to evaluate system operation before leaving for the jobsite, and diagnostics at the outdoor unit and thermostat eliminate having to walk between the thermostat inside and the outdoor unit.

Designed, engineered and assembled in the United States, system components are backed by parent company Johnson Controls and a limited one-year labor warranty, lifetime compressor and 10-year parts limited warranties on registered products. Highly Accelerated Life Testing facilities aid in the systematic testing of components, including more than 20 years of accelerated operation testing for weather, humidity and temperatures as high as 125 F and as low as -10 F to ensure lasting performance and world-class quality.

In addition, full-system testing is performed to Department of Energy and CSA standard requirements. Units are also tested under the stresses found in shipping units by truck.

Offering competitive energy efficiency, products are rated in accordance with AHRI Standards 200/240 and 340/360 at AHRI conditions and meet relevant ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Star and EPACT 2005 standards. In addition to Energy Star efficiency, models have earned Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval accolades.

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