CHICAGO — LG Electronics USA Inc. had so many new products to introduce at the AHR Expo, it needed two booths. The company was showcasing a lineup of commercial, light commercial, and residential HVAC solutions, including variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology and customizable control systems.

“By pushing the boundaries in air conditioning technologies, LG is dedicated to leading the industry with limitless vision, innovative technology, and flexible connectivity solutions, all of which are featured at this year’s AHR Expo,” said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA. “LG’s unparalleled commitment to providing cutting-edge technology, along with the tools and resources to deliver a complete solution to our customers and industry partners, continues to be our top priority for 2018 and beyond.”

The products LG was showcasing, included:

LG Heat Recovery Units — The redesigned heat recovery units feature bottom access for commercial applications. By enabling bottom access, the space requirements for installation are drastically reduced, and service access is simplified. The new design also features vertically aligned refrigerant inputs, allowing for greater ease of installation while improving design flexibility.

In addition to the redesign of all the units, the product line will expand to include 6- and 8-port units, which reduce the amount of equipment required for a largescale project.

The new, redesigned heat recovery units will be available for purchase in early summer of 2018.

LG Rooftop Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems — The new rooftop dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) offer building owners and facility managers the ability to implement a complete end-to-end LG HVAC system.

Available now in a wide range of capacities, the units are available up to 70 ton and are configured to be easily compatible with LG VRF systems and LG MultiSITE™ controls. The new systems are capable of delivering a maximum airflow of 18,000 cfm and feature a 2-inch, foam-injected, double-wall construction, increasing energy efficiency and unit durability for a longer, more sustainable lifespan. For added design and construction flexibility, the units are configurable with more than 190 options to fit nearly any design specification.

LG SmartThinQ — Launching at the AHR Expo were 13 more models of indoor units that are now Wi-Fi capable and controllable using the LG SmartThinQ app.

Now, users have the freedom of controlling their home’s comfort from their fingertips alongside other SmartThinQ-enabled LG devices, such as refrigerators, ranges, washing machines, and robotic vacuums. This capability enhances the efficiency and convenience, giving control to create a connected home. LG SmartThinQ technology is compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled LG indoor units and is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

“LG is ushering in a new era of connectivity and redefining the industry standard, which is why we felt it was prudent to have a booth dedicated to our controls at the AHR Expo,” said McNamara. “We have taken a more agnostic approach by providing seamless connectivity with other building management systems. With a brand like LG, who prides itself on technological innovation and strong partner relationships, our customers expect us to continue to evolve the current technologies and launch forward-thinking products to deliver on that expectation.”

LG Multi V™  — The flagship product in LG’s air-source VRF systems, the Multi V 5, represents the next generation in the LG Multi V family. The LG Multi V 5 is available from 6- to 42-ton, with a choice of three-phase 208V, 230V, or 460V electrical power as heat recovery/heat pump outdoor units.

New to the Multi V line-up are the single frame 16-, 18-, and 20-ton units. As a smaller and lighter solution, the Multi V 5 20-ton not only reduces footprint requirements, but it also helps to reduce installation costs. While the footprint of the Multi V 5 is reduced, its performance has increased. Building on the Smart Load Control of the Multi V IV, the Multi V 5 features Advanced Smart Load Control that proactively addresses the impact of pending weather changes, ensuring optimal comfort for building occupants. The Multi V 5 also features LG Intelligent Heating technology that defrosts as needed rather than responding once frost has reached a preset point. On top of active response capabilities, the Multi V 5 also features a new biomimetic fan design that draws from nature’s design and enables the unit to operate more efficiently and increase airflow while reducing the perceived noise level by approximately 20 percent.

LG also showcased the Multi V S, a compact, 5-ton heat recovery unit that operates single-phase power, designed to provide energy efficiency and the versatility of simultaneous heating and cooling.

LG MultiSITE™ Remote Controller — The new LG MultiSITE Remote Controller is an intuitive control panel featuring a customizable screen and configurable functionality to meet the requirements of each installation.

In addition to the flexibility of the user interface, the LG MultiSITE Remote Controller uses its onboard BACnet® MS/TP to directly integrate into a building management system.

The LG MultiSITE Remote Controller includes a touch screen, built-in occupancy, and humidity sensors, and Zigbee® wireless compatibility, delivering a complete out-of-the-box solution for a host of installations.

Building owners and facility managers can now easily scale the functionality to suit the needs of the building occupants while remaining conscious of their bottom lines.  

Publication date: 2/26/2018