Panasonic VRF delivers care home upgrade


14 February 2024

A major modernisation project at a care home in Surrey has seen Panasonic climate control systems installed to improve resident comfort and indoor air quality.

Mechanical services and air conditioning installation company Technicool Air Conditioning selected three Panasonic VRF 2-pipe units, 58 ducted units for bedrooms and an additional twin system for the communal areas at the Belvedere House Care Home, part of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society in Banstead, Surrey.

The Panasonic VRF 2-pipe system meets the energy-saving and reliability requirements of the project and also introduces nanoe X technology to improve indoor air hygiene. The nanoe X generator extracts invisible moisture from the air, generating hydroxyl radicals that effectively impede the growth of viruses, bacteria, and allergens. This technology operates independently in fan mode, ensuring continuous protection.

The system is managed through a centralised control panel

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Nick Potroanchenu, Estate Manager at Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: "The added benefit of nanoe X was the main attraction of the Panasonic units for this essential modernisation of Belvedere House, particularly as the project started in 2021 during the COVID-19 restrictions. We wanted to inhibit the virus and shield our residents and staff as much as possible in the future."

The care home remained operational throughout the staged installation and Steve Trowbridge, Service Manager for Technicool Air Conditioning, praised the collaboration with Panasonic's specification and technical teams. "When we needed any help during the install, the team would always answer the phone and any questions we had," he said.