Mini splits revolutionizing HVAC industry in the US

With the rise of mini split heat pumps in the U.S. market, manufacturers are in a race to offer the most efficient models.

Similar to a horsepower race in the automotive market, mini split makers are touting the SEER and HSPF ratings of their latest models.

At the 2015 AHR Expo, Steve Cormier, regional sales director with Panasonic Eco Solutions, discussed some of the advantages of ductless mini split heat pumps for the North American market.

For its enter in the race, Panasonic introduced additions to the Exterios HVAC Collection with Exterios E, which Features ECONAVI technology, creating air optimization according to room conditions and a performance rating of 28.5 SEER.

The 28.5 SEER Exterios XE system (9K and 12K) and the 23 SEER Exterios E system (9K, 12K and 18K) are ENERGY STAR certified and have been built with the latest advanced technology for maximum energy savings.

Panasonic’s Inverter Technology enables the change of power supply frequency, providing each model with flexible operation while using less electricity. The inverter constantly adjusts the compressor rotation speed to provide optimum performance at all times. Once the set temperature is reached, the inverter continues to operate with minimum power to avoid unnecessary electricity consumption. This extremely precise operation enables quick cooling or heating while also reducing power consumption.

Occupancy sensors have helped advance lighting technology, and Panasonic is using a similar technology to advance the HVAC industry. Powered by ECONAVI Technology (Human Detection Technology), the Exterios collection has the ability to monitor and sense when there are people in the room. Through the detection of human activity, the ECONAVI smart technology will automatically adjust the temperature setting for optimum operation. The low activity detection mode detects changes in activity levels and decreases cooling when there is less movement, while the absence detection feature switches to a slightly less powerful cooling mode when there is no one in the room at all.

Complete with Wi-Fi via an added accessory, both models within the Exterios collection can be remotely controlled with Panasonic’s Internet Control Adaptor. This added feature allows homeowners to set a desired room temperature from a smartphone or web browser from any location. Additional features are also available with an accessory including BacNet Integration, which will afford facility owners and manager’s maximum flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

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Topics: Energy Star, Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Trade Show, Ventilation

Companies: Panasonic High Performance Ventilation Solutions


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