Daikin Introduces North American Mini-Split with R-32
By HPAC MagazineCooling Heat Pumps Heating HPAC General HVAC Systems A2L heat pumps mini splits R-32 refrigerant
The new Atmosphera is the first single zone system with R-32 refrigerant in North America and is available in U.S. States where building codes permit the use of A2L refrigerants.
For the first time in North America, Daikin is launching a residential product featuring R-32, a mildly flammable A2L refrigerant, in U.S. States where building codes permit, which currently includes Florida, Washington and Oregon.
The new ATMOSPHERA system is a single zone, ductless system that offers up to 27.4 SEER, 13.8 HSPF and 16.3 EER ratings for cooling and heating. Four sizes of indoor and outdoor heat pumps are available, from 9,000 to 24,000 Btu.
“Daikin has sold over 33 million R-32 systems in more than 100 countries and regions,” said Takayuki (Taka) Inoue, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer with Daikin, in a company release. “We are excited to be the first to bring this proven technology to North America … we are confident R-32 has the all-around performance benefits to make it the ideal replacement for R-410A.”
The new heat pump range taking the place of its R-410A predecessor, the LV Series, performs up to 100% rated heating capacity at -15C WB (5F WB) and continuous operation as low as -25C WB (-13F WB). Rated cooling capacity is up to 100% at 46C DB (115F DB).
Installation allows for 50% longer piping lengths, up to 49 feet, compared to other Daikin single zone systems.
As stated, the units are currently available in Washington, Oregon, and Florida where building codes permit the use of R-32 refrigerant.