WESTPORT, CONN. — Ranging from an innovative geothermal heat pump to a copper theft deterrent system, the winners of the prestigious 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honored at a special ceremony during the world’s largest HVACR exposition and conference in Dallas January 29, 2013.

Representing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products among the thousands that will be displayed at the show. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact.

The 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners by category are:

Building Automation: CopperWatcher LLC for the product CopperWatcher Model CW-3, an A/C copper theft deterrent system.

Cooling: Rheem Manufacturing Company for the product H2AC Rooftop Unit, a restaurant integrated AC and water heating system.

Green Building: Titus for the product Solar Plexicon, a displacement ventilation diffuser with light-powered, energy harvesting capabilities.

Heating: ClimateMaster Inc.for the product Trilogy 40 Series, geothermal heat pump.

Indoor Air Quality: Energy Wall for the product Energy Wall, a high efficiency heat and moisture recovery plate exchanger, air purifier and dehumidifier.

Plumbing: Navien America Inc. for the product NPE-240A NG, condensing tankless gas water heater.

Refrigeration: Danfoss for the product ADAP-KOOL AK-PC 781 Integrated Pack Controller.

Software: NexTraq for the product NexTraq Fleet Tracking, web-based GPS software.

Tools & Instruments: Fluke Corporation for the product Fluke 805 Vibration Meter.

Ventilation: American ALDES Ventilation Company for the product Zone Register Terminal-2 (ZRT-2).

One of these 10 category winners will also be selected as the overall winner of the 2013 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners receive placards to display at their booths during the Show as well as an etched crystal award to be displayed at their company’s headquarters. In addition, 33 other products are recognized with Honorable Mentions in these same 10 categories and will also be given placards to display in their booths.

More than $10,000 generated by the entry fees will be donated to a charitable organization in the Dallas area. Since the inception of the Innovation Award Competition in 2003, well over $100,000 has been donated to charities and educational institutions in the cities where the Expo was held.

The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by ASHRAE; the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

The 2013 AHR Expo will feature more than 1,800 leading manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, showcasing hundreds of innovative new products to nearly 45,000 industry professionals. The 2013 AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. ASHRAE's Winter Conference is held concurrently with the AHR Expo each year. For more information visit the Show’s website at www.ahrexpo.com<http://www.ahrexpo.com>.