When it comes to industry awards, the AHR Expo’s Product Of The Year stands high above the others. There were more than 60,000 attendees, 2,000 exhibitors and hundreds of new products and technologies vying for this year’s prestigious honor. But when the dust settled, and the announcement was made on the second day of the packed expo floor, aeroseal technology was crowned king. The panel of distinguished judges – all third-party ASHRAE members – found aeroseal’s game-changing properties to be the industry breakthrough of the year.
Each year, hundreds of HVAC-related products and technologies are evaluated based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. As the first technology to offer an alternative to manual duct sealing, aeroseal stood out from the score of industry innovations.
About a month before the Expo opened its doors on January 26th, Aeroseal was notified that its duct sealing technology was one of ten products to receive an AHR Innovation Award. The Product of The Year would be chosen among these top ten finalists, and the winner would be announced at the conference itself. Each product was judged to be top in its individual category, and aeroseal won for the Ventilation division.
“Aeroseal technology was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others to address residential duct leakage and the enormous amount of energy waste it causes,” said Neal Walsh, Aeroseal’s Senior Vice President, “and the success that residential HVAC dealers are having by adding aeroseal to their portfolio of services has been a big part of the story. But what makes this award particularly gratifying is that it highlights aeroseal’s growing impact in the commercial market as well. Now, there is finally a viable and cost-effective solution to the HVAC and ventilation issues that have plagued U.S. buildings for decades.”
“We are pleased to honor Aeroseal with this award, recognizing that it offers a groundbreaking solution to an industry-wide problem,” said Clay Stevens, president of IEC (International Exhibition Company). “For decades, ventilation issues have gone untreated, simply because there was no viable solution to sealing otherwise hard-to-access leaks. Aeroseal’s technology has taken this complex issue and made it into a relatively simple task.”