Panasonic mini VRF packs a punch


25 October 2017
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Panasonic has redesigned its mini VRF heating and cooling units to reduce size and increase efficiency. The manufacturer says the new Mini ECOi VRF models deliver  powerful performance for properties with limited outdoor space and boast significant energy savings, easy installation and high efficiency.
The series, which includes 4HP, 5HP and 6HP models, is said to be ideal for  buildings with restricted external space. The outdoor unit is under a metre high, allowing it to be placed on a small balcony or rooftop without impacting the visual aesthetic of the building from the street. 
 The range claims the best EER and COP rating in the industry, with single fan 4HP units achieving a maximum EER of 4.50 and a maximum COP of 5.19. The technology includes the new Panasonic Twin Rotary Compressor with wider inverter control for higher efficiency and improved partial load control. 
The new models also include a bigger fan motor compared to previous ranges, plus a larger fan width of 540mm in diameter and a new fan design to provide a lower air flow and electrical consumption rate. The new fan technology is capable of delivering a high external static pressure of 35Pa.

The new bluefin heat exchanger pattern makes the Mini ECOi more effective in extreme conditions by offering a higher outdoor heat exchange. 
Panasonic says the plug and play concept makes installation quicker and less complicated; while an increase in the acceptable distance between indoor and outdoor units opens up more options for installation. 
The new series offers up to 50m piping length between the outdoor and furthest indoor unit, without the need for an additional refrigerant charge, which covers most of the applications for this kind of system. The units also offer a silent mode that can maintain the same operating capacity, which allows greater flexibility when installing the units in residential areas.  In addition, the outdoor units can be connected to a maximum of 12 indoor units.
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