Oct. 29, 2009: Intertek Breaks Ground on First Multi-Split HVAC Test Facility in North America
Traditional “single-split” air conditioners connect a single outdoor condenser with a single indoor evaporator, which provides the cooling effect. Multi-split units connect a single outdoor condenser to multiple indoor evaporators, providing individually controlled cooling units for each room of the house or office. Multi-split systems have been widely used in Europe and Asia, and are now gaining popularity in the North American market.
To accommodate testing to the new AHRI 1230 Standard and DOE requirements, Intertek’s new facility will consist of four test chambers, capable of testing multi-split systems (single condenser and up to eight evaporators) by configuring the test facility for one outdoor chamber and multiple indoor rooms.
“By working closely with AHRI and industry, Intertek is able to develop and deploy leading edge laboratories in step with advancing HVAC technologies,” said Gregg Tiemann, executive vice president of Intertek’s Commercial and Electrical division. “Our relationship with AHRI began in 1959, and our work in the HVAC industry long before that. Decades later we’re still on the forefront of HVAC testing and certification for product safety, performance, and energy efficiency.”
Designed as a quad cell psychrometric room, the facility will be equipped with controls and instrumentation required to produce performance ratings and safety and reliability verification tests on air conditioners and heat pumps.
For more information, visit www.intertek.com/hvac.
Publication date: 10/26/2009