Ultra-Efficient Carrier Products Featured in The New American Home 2014
Carrier Home Comfort systems were among the highlights of the International Builders’ Show’s official display home
Each year, the National Association of Home Builders creates a stunning display home to showcase the latest in residential construction technology, home comfort, and design. This year, “The New American Home 2014” was a striking contemporary-style stone and adobe compound rising out of the foothills in Henderson, Nevada. It featured many important innovations designed to improve efficiency, sustainability, and livability for a multigenerational family. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s New American Home.
Dramatic Floor Plan
Like any show home, The New American Home 2014 features some impressive design elements and features, such as a water wall and a roof bridge that help to bring the indoor and outdoor living spaces together. The home as a whole is designed to provide an open floor plan without denying the family their private spaces. Areas for entertaining feature high ceilings while private areas feel smaller, more intimate, and soothing.
Multigenerational Living Spaces
In light of the ongoing trend of seniors moving back in with their kids, multigenerational living was a driving concept behind The New American Home 2014. The home features a semi-attached carriage house suite with its own entryway to provide privacy and independence for the different generations. The home also features a mini-split ductless Carrier HVAC system that can control up to 5 separate air handling units, allowing the family to adjust the comfort of the carriage house suite and each level of the main house separately to meet the needs of different family members.
Adaptations for Hot Desert Days and Cold Nights
The home has stunning desert views, but the price of living in this environment is extremely hot days and cold nights. The home rises to meet this challenge by featuring many innovations designed to promote HVAC efficiency. The home features a Carrier Infinity 98 gas furnace that exceeds today’s efficiency standards by up to 26 percent and a Carrier Infinity 20 heat pump with Greenspeed Intelligence that exceeds cooling efficiency standards by up to 69 percent. Combined with Carrier’s Infinity Touch Control system, these two units create the Infinity Hybrid Heat system, which is considered the most efficient dual-fuel system on the market. The home also features the latest in high-efficiency spray polyurethane foam insulation to better contain the conditioned air created by these Carrier systems.
Some of the cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies incorporated into the home include various sustainable building materials, a solar water heater, and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that can detect local climate conditions and adjust water usage accordingly.
If you’d like to learn more about incorporating some of these high-efficiency Carrier technologies into your home, please contact General Heating & Air Conditioning.