ATLANTA — At the AHR Expo in Atlanta, Samsung HVAC North America announced it will expand its residential and commercial air conditioning business in North America by building, training, and supporting a network of specifying representatives, distributors, and installers.
Samsung also featured several new innovations during the show, including its Wind-Free™ 4-Way Cassette. The 4-Way Cassette is designed to bring new levels of comfort to light commercial and commercial applications. Through over 15,000 micro air holes on the blades, cool air is gently dispersed and effectively maintains a comfortable level of coolness without the unpleasant cold draft, thanks to the innovative Wind-Free cooling technology and optimized blade design.
The Wind-Free 4-Way Cassette mini split was also a finalist in the 2019 Innovation Awards for the cooling category.
“We introduced Wind-Free products for our DVM commercial products at the AHR Expo last year,” said Fred Weddington, regional technical service manager, Samsung HVAC America LLC. “These products also have motion detection sensors, which enable energy savings and comfort savings for the occupants. How the product works is, once it gets 1.8°F from set point, it will close up and becomes like a diffuser — the fan still blows, but at a lower speed to maintain the set point in the space.
“I was a contractor for 15 years before I came to the manufacturing side,” Weddington continued. “The complaints with four-way cassettes — a lot are used in school systems — were the louvers being open when there was no call for cooling, and it was blowing on the kids. This product takes care of that when it goes into Wind-Free mode.”
Compared to traditional square cassettes, which force airflow from four counter-directions, the Wind-Free 4-Way Cassette disperses airflow, virtually removing dead zones and uneven cooling spots. The optimized blade size and design of the cassette provides a wider cooling range, which cools the room quickly.
Additionally, the newly designed motion detection sensor enables customized airflow direction by allowing users to select the desired comfort level, and it facilitates efficient operation by detecting the temperature and movements in the room.
Samsung also announced it is expanding its Wind-Free advanced cooling models for residential and light commercial solutions.
While the technology offers four-way cassettes for the commercial products, it is a wall-hung unit on the residential side, Weddington noted. The wall-hung units were on display in enclosed areas in Samsung’s booth, so attendees could experience Wind-Free technology themselves.
Wind-Free residential heat pumps provide end users with the ideal condition by maintaining the desired room temperature using Wind-Free cooling to gently disperse cold air through 21,000 micro air holes. This approach can also reduce energy consumption by up to 72 percent compared to Fast Cooling Mode.
Wind-Free residential models are Wi-Fi enabled, allowing control and monitoring from anywhere through Samsung’s SmartThings app. Users can remotely regulate temperature, adjust settings, receive real-time updates about performance and daily energy usage, and troubleshoot solutions when a repair is needed.
Samsung also exhibited its Max Heat™ heat pump and heat recovery series.
“Our DVM MAX Heat VRF systems feature 100 percent outdoor unit capacity all the way down to minus 13°,” said Weddington. “These systems can offer better heat in colder climate areas.”
Max Heat series residential and light commercial product offerings include Energy Star®-rated single-zone and Free Joint Multi (FJM) multi-zone systems, providing high heating capacity at minus 13°.
Samsung also launched its new ventilation product line, Fresh Access™, at the expo. Designed to bring fresh air into commercial buildings, the Fresh Access product line includes three solutions that will align with ASHRAE requirements for fresh air: packaged dedicated outside air system (DOAS), split DOAS, and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs).
Fresh Access Packaged DOAS boast capacities from 3 tons up to 70 tons at up to 20,000 cfm, providing 100 percent outside air. Samsung offers packaged DOAS units as custom, built-to-order packaged air-handling units with numerous design configurations.
Samsung will also include split DOAS units in the Fresh Access commercial ventilation product line, connecting to Samsung DVM S Heat Recovery systems. Split DOAS units are available in 1,200-, 2,000-, and 3,000-cfm models with high static pressure capability. Fresh Access Split DOAS yields an advantage for Samsung with reheat capability up to 125° outdoor temperature for optimal discharge air control and delivery of neutral air.
Fresh Access ERVs use dPoint® enthalpic heat exchangers to recover thermal and latent energy. Samsung will offer the equipment in 300-, 600-, and 1,200-cfm models.
“We see the market going more and more ductless toward VRF-type products,” said Steve Parker, sales director, Samsung. “When we started 10 years ago, it was like pulling teeth to get ductless into anyone’s home or business. It’s gotten a lot easier as people have gotten more familiar with the products. And that’s the way I see the market headed. I definitely have not seen a downturn in sales or movement on our products or even in our competitor’s products.”
Publication date: 2/18/2019