LG Electronics unveiled a new Inverter series of mini-split heat pump air-conditioners, as part of its popular "Art Cool" product line, the company's air conditioner series, which also includes renditions of classic art pieces by famous painters, as well as a unique picture frame model that allows users to modify and customize the unit with their own artwork or photography. The series helps to transform household appliances such as air conditioners into stylish objects of art.
The new line will be on display for the first time at the annual Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Exposition, Jan. 22-24, in New York City. Complementing the Art Cool Inverter series at the show will be the full Art Cool Picture, Dual, and Tri Zone lines, LG's standard 13 SEER mini splits, floor standing models, ceiling cassette units, as well as LG's broad portfolio of Packaged Terminal Air-Conditioners (PTAC) models and through-the-wall-unit air-conditioner units.
The new line features a slim interior, wall-mounted evaporator that can be fit to enhance the end user's decor. The units feature designer color finishes to complement any home decor, including the standard mirror finish and optional panel colors such as an organic cream white, art flower gold, and snow flower white. The outdoor condensing unit provides quiet operation, making it neighbor-friendly.
The Art Cool Inverter heat pump air-conditioners use a variable speed compressor, rather than the constant speed found in conventional units. Instead of shutting off once the desired temperature is reached, the inverter compressor continues to operate at a low speed to maintain that temperature, resulting in quieter operation and greater energy efficiency when compared to conventional models that cycle on and off. The new models have efficiency ratings ranging from 16 to 19.7 SEER.
The unit's "Chaos Swing" feature creates a more natural flow of air to eliminate hot or cold spots from a room with computer-controlled vanes that simulate a natural breeze. Its Plasma Air Purifying System removes air impurities--such as microscopic contaminants like dust, pet fur, and pollen-- through a four-stage process, offering users a healthier living environment. Other features include an auto-change function that automatically adjusts from cooling to heating depending on the users' preference and a Jet Cool option which cools warm rooms in 30 minutes or less.
The line also has an optional energy management wireless wall thermostat accessory kit that provides an easy way to manage costs. An Occupancy Sensor automatically turns off the air-conditioner when a room is unoccupied for greater energy savings.
The new Art Cool Inverter heat pump air conditioners will be available in the first quarter of 2008 in four different BTU levels, ranging from 9000 to 24,000 BTUs.