Daikin is set to launch the first seasonal efficiency A/C range
Set to be launched on 1st April, the company claim Sky Air Seasonal Smart and the Seasonal Classic air conditioning products in the market ready for the Energy Related Product Directive’s new EcoDesign standards being introduced in January 2013.
These stipulate that all air conditioning units under 12kW must be labelled according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratings (SEER).
Seasonal energy efficiency ratings take into account the local climate zone and seasonal temperature differences through the year.
The resulting calculation acknowledges that in typical European climates, AC equipment will be running at partial load capacity for most of the time.
Compared with the existing nominal efficiency rating, which assumes a set temperature and full load conditions all year round, seasonal efficiency provides a more realistic view of energy efficiency in real life conditions.
Daikin is the first manufacturer to optimise all of its light commercial range for higher seasonal energy efficiency ratings required by the forthcoming legislation in 2013.
As a result, the new Sky Air Seasonal Smart product is around 25 per cent more efficient than any competitors’ products in the same class.
The company claims the new Seasonal Smart (RZQG) unit outclasses any light commercial product that Daikin has developed before and is around 34 per cent more efficient than the already very efficient Seasonal Inverter (RZQ) range
The Seasonal Classic (RZQSG) range is said to be 27 per cent more efficient than the previous Seasonal Inverter range and entirely replaces the Comfort Inverter (RZQS) range, which is now being phased out.
Both units feature a range of improvements and innovations that make them quite unique in the market today. This means that the range is optimised to perform at its best in the most frequently occurring real life conditions, not in nominal conditions set in a factory test.
The flagship product, Seasonal Smart (RZQG) has an A/A energy label across the range and features an adjustable condensing and evaporating temperature, which makes it much more responsive to the outside temperature. It also offers a unique Electronic Data Processing (EDP) setting for server rooms, to help maintain humidity settings. With a maximum piping length of up to 75m, it’s suitable for larger installations than ever before.