During the holiday period, HVAC&R News is featuring the winners of the AIRAH Awards 2022.
The AIRAH Awards category for Product of the Year is open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2020/2021.
This award recognises excellence in product manufacture within the HVAC&R industry. Products will be assessed for features such as innovation, energy efficiency, sustainability, originality and industry need.
Eligible products must have been developed, designed and manufactured in Australia.
This award recognises new products only and does not include updates to existing products or products that have been previously nominated for an AIRAH award.
This year’s winner was Smartair Diffusion, for its Smartemp Helical Vari-Swirl Diffuser.
According to Smartair Diffusion, many variable geometry electronic VAV swirl diffusers share a top-entry, single horizontal damper disc design, motorised vertically to alter the height of a circumferential aperture. For a given static pressure, this varies the airflow rate at a substantially constant discharge velocity, achieving extended throw when turned down.
The objective of developing the Smartemp Helical Vari-Swirl Diffuser was to create a high capacity, low-pressure, low-profile, side-entry electronic VAV swirl diffuser with inbuilt room temperature and indoor air quality sensing that realises a large VAV range (turndown to at least 15 per cent) and extended horizontal throw when turned down, to provide enhanced fan energy savings while achieving high thermal control and comfort.
Other finalists in the Product of the Year 2022 category included:
- Johnson Controls – OpenBlue Command Centre
The Product of the Year 2022 was sponsored by HVAC&R Search.
More information on the AIRAH Awards is available here.