Exceeding Efficiency Standards
March 2006
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Fujitsu General America, Inc. achieved efficiencies up to 21 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) with its 24-model R410A inverter lineup of Halcyon ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps. The new line includes models ranging from 9,000 to 42,000 BTU with efficiency up to 21 SEER. Fujitsu’s 2006 Halcyon lineup features 28 models in a variety of styles, including wall-mount, ceiling-suspended, cassette, universal, and IAQ mix-and-match multi-zone inverter systems with up to four zones.
According to the company, energy efficiency was a paramount concern for its engineers in designing the new lineup, with efficiency increases as high as 110 percent and reductions in size as much as 30 percent compared to conventional 10-SEER models. Fujitsu increased efficiency on the new compact systems through the use of DC motors on both the indoor and outdoor equipment. The motors are said to provide operation that is 23 percent quieter than previous models and 46 percent quieter than competitor’s models. Additionally, Fujitsu says the unit’s redesigned evaporators and condenser coils provide better transfer of heat, further increasing efficiency, while a new fan blade design dramatically reduces noise.
Fujitsu’s line for 2006 also offers new IAQ systems with mix and match evaporators, which are suited to the unique capacity requirements of a variety of residential and commercial environments. For instance, the dual-zone system lets installers mix and match two evaporators with a range of capacities: 18,000, 21,000 and 24,000 BTU. With the larger 36,000 BTU chassis, installers can mix and match up to four zones with 27,000, 30,000, 33,000 and three 36,000 BTU combinations. This is achieved by allowing all multi-zone systems to share the same evaporators.
Fujitsu Halcyon IAQ systems remove airborne irritants, odors and allergens and also feature an ionization and electrostatic filtration system, which is said to ionize and neutralize airborne contaminants.
The Halcyon single-zone mini-split systems include one exterior unit, which houses the compressor, and one interior unit, keeping indoor noise to an absolute minimum. Dual-, tri- and quad-zone systems include two, three and four indoor units, respectively, to one outdoor unit. www.fujitsugeneral.com


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