SOURCE: WaterFurnace


July 02, 2012 17:02 ET

WaterFurnace Releases World's Most Energy-Efficient Heat Pump

New 7 Series Variable Capacity Geothermal System Surpasses Both 41 EER and 5.3 COP

FORT WAYNE, IN--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - WaterFurnace International, Inc., the leading manufacturer of geothermal and water source heat pumps, recently launched the 7 Series, which represents breakthroughs in energy efficiency, integrated technologies, communication capabilities and comfort.

The 7 Series 700A11 is the first variable capacity geothermal unit available for homeowners and the only unit to surpass both 41 energy efficiency ratio (EER) and 5.3 coefficient of performance (COP). This represents efficiencies twice that of traditional air conditioners or heat pumps and 30 percent greater than current geothermal units.

The 700A11 utilizes WaterFurnace's InfiniSpeed technology, a soft-start variable capacity compressor, in concert with a variable speed ECM blower and variable speed loop pump. This allows the unit to scale output to exactly the level needed rather than the "high" or "low" speeds found in normal systems. The unit can ramp down to 20 percent of normal operation for ultra-efficient conditioning or up to 130 percent output using SuperBoost™, for periods when extra cooling is needed. The capacity range is the industry's widest and can even eliminate the need for auxiliary heat.

The 7 Series also utilizes Aurora, WaterFurnace's next-generation of logic boards, to continuously monitor and optimize operation. Aurora provides a platform of two-way communication between components, robust troubleshooting capabilities and advanced communication protocols. This includes integration to home automation networks and whole-home energy monitoring, and an internet connection to monitor and control the unit from anywhere in the world.

"The 7 Series is designed for those who accept only the best and is built using the latest technologies and highest standards," said WaterFurnace CEO Tom Huntington. "This groundbreaking unit was developed on the strength of our internal resources and is truly a testament to the culture of innovation we've built here at WaterFurnace."

The 7 Series 700A11 includes these other design features:

  • Electronic expansion valves employed for optimal refrigerant control.
  • The industry's only unit available with true energy monitoring.
  • The only variable capacity geothermal unit to integrate with system zoning.
  • Online remote monitoring and control.
  • Quiet performance, as most operation will be done at a lower compressor speed.
  • Advanced hot water generation to preheat water and deliver it to a home's hot water heater.
  • Sophisticated microprocessor that controls and monitors heat pump conditions and determines when there is excess heat available to route to the water heater.
  • Aurora Interface Diagnostic port, which allows service and diagnosis of the unit without having to open it -- an industry first.

In addition, the 7 Series exceeds ENERGY STAR® requirements and qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit.

To learn more, visit the WaterFurnace website at

WaterFurnace International, Inc.
WaterFurnace International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat pumps. Products from WaterFurnace include energy-efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal comfort systems, indoor air quality products and pool heaters. WaterFurnace (TSX: WFI) was founded in 1983, and the company is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind. For the latest news and updates from WaterFurnace, connect with us on your favorite social media sites -- follow us on Twitter (@WaterFurnace), like us on Facebook or view the WaterFurnace YouTube Channel.

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