Participants at this year’s annual AHR Expo, the world’s largest and most respected Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) marketplace, made it abundantly clear that HVAC solution manufacturers are focused on bringing a new generation of product to market that is smarter, more efficient and more connected.
Today’s HVAC solutions and their controls are increasingly easy to install, user friendly and convenient. They’re capable of being managed via mobile devices and can even be controlled in interfaces that aggregate other systems – such as lighting – to put the management of multiple commercial devices into the palm of a user’s hand.
This was just a few of the exciting things the Modern Equipment Manufacturer heard when we sat down with Malcolm Persaud, the National Sales and Product Manager at Panasonic. During our discussion with Malcolm, we talked about some of today’s exciting trends in HVAC equipment, the user demands driving the evolution of HVAC and the innovative new solutions being introduced by Panasonic.
Here is what he had to say:
Modern Equipment Manufacturer (MEM): Can you tell my readers a little bit about Panasonic’s HVAC division? What kinds of products does the company make?
Malcolm Persaud: Panasonic has been developing advanced air-conditioning technology for over 60 years, offering a wide range of heating and cooling solutions such as single-split systems, multi-split systems, EC0i VRF-systems, controls and accessories.
In addition to providing exceptional products to our customers, we develop solutions that enable improved comfort, dynamic controllability and lower costs for end users whether they’re managing a building or home environment.
MEM: Where would our readers find Panasonic solutions?
Malcolm Persaud: Panasonic offers solutions for both residential and commercial spaces. For example, our mini-split solutions offer flexible heating and cooling options that are suitable for homes or light commercial settings such as within a doctor’s office.
With our ECONAVI intelligent sensor technology, end users can expect efficient, automatic heating and cooling operation that matches room conditions and occupancy levels to keep everyone comfortable, save energy and reduce costs. In a commercial setting, our VRF Smart Connectivity Controls provide commercial, school or hotel deployments with a user-friendly interface that can help users create a fully-connected environment where equipment, lighting, security, electrical distribution and power are managed from a single interface.
As one of the first ductless companies to offer innovative air conditioning solutions into North America under the Sanyo brand (Panasonic acquired Sanyo in 2011), we have a vast amount of experience providing advanced air conditioning solutions across residential, commercial and industrial applications with the Sanyo/Panasonic brand for over 35 years.
MEM: What are some of the trends and technologies that you see impacting/evolving the HVACR industry in the immediate future? How are these driving evolution and change in your products and product lines?
Malcolm Persaud: From mobile devices to voice assistants, consumers are using technology to connect more easily to all facets of their lives, including their heating and air conditioning. Enabling this connectivity is a primary driver for all our solutions, which is why we offer systems with mobile applications, wireless controls and customizable touchscreen interfaces.
Combined advances in circuitry and software enhance our ability to control parameters for air conditioning and heating more dynamically, thus providing increased comfort and control, while lowering operating costs.
MEM: Did Panasonic do anything exciting for this year’s AHR Expo? What news or announcements did the company make?
Malcolm Persaud: Our theme this year was “Quality Air for Life.” At the booth, visitors learned about the well-designed solutions, advanced technology and service which provides “Quality Air for Life.”
Panasonic sneak-previewed nanoeX, technology that will be embedded within the Panasonic EXTERIOS XE ductless system to provide a cleaner, fresher indoor environment by identifying harmful pollutants such as allergens, bacteria and odors, and neutralizing them with state-of-the-art air purification technology. Coming to the U.S. market in early 2020, this technology is already improving indoor air quality internationally in a wide range of settings including home, railway, automobile, hotel, hospital and other public spaces. As an additional benefit, nanoeX has been shown to help retain skin moisture to reduce dryness issues.
Panasonic also showcased our ECONAVI intelligent sensor technology and VRF Smart Connectivity Controls at our booth during the show.