WindFree cooling technology was the buzzword at the Samsung booth during the recent AHR Expo in Las Vegas.
Samsung’s WindFree Cooling technology provides end users with a cool indoor climate and energy efficiency without the discomfort of direct cold airflow, according to the company. Samsung has expanded its offering of WindFree residential systems by introducing the WindFree 2.0e, which includes smart operation and voice control.
WindFree 2.0e models are Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing voice control with Bixby 2.0 and monitoring from anywhere with an internet connection through Samsung’s SmartThings app. Users can remotely regulate temperature, adjust settings, automate unit functions, receive real-time updates about operation and daily energy usage, and troubleshoot solutions when a repair is needed.
In addition, the WindFree 2.0e indoor unit model numbers are compatible with Samsung’s residential single-zone and Free Joint Multi (FJM) multizone systems to simplify the overall number of SKUs for distributors and dealers to manage.
“With the WindFree, it can operate as a traditional mini split, but if you want to operate in the WindFree mode and the humidity is below a certain point, it will close the louver off and maintain the space temperature,” said Rick Nadeau, national director of training for Samsung. “That is a key to all these products.”
Also at the booth, the DVM S2 is the latest generation of Samsung VRF systems. Systems range in capacity from 6 to 40 tons in both heat pump and heat recovery configurations and will support up to 64 indoor units per system.
The DVM S2 features Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Deep Neural Network algorithms to optimize system operation with high- and low-pressure control, defrost cycle activation and operation, and low refrigerant monitoring.
INTELLIGENCE: Samsung’s AI technology allows the equipment to operate at exact target pressures and temperatures based on the actual application, not generalized targets that are used for any and all applications.
Samsung’s AI technology allows the equipment to operate at exact target pressures and temperatures based on the actual application, not generalized targets that are used for any and all applications. This in turn allows the equipment to potentially save energy while providing increased comfort.
The DVM S2 features a simplified chassis design and integral inverter check function that eliminates the need for a separate tool to validate inverter operation for easier serviceability. In addition, Samsung’s new chassis underwent testing using lab equipment simulating an earthquake to ensure operation during seismic activity.
Samsung HVAC America made another big announcement at AHR. The manufacturer announced that it is working with Honeywell to provide advanced control solutions.
The control solutions are expected to launch later this year and will be powered by the Niagara Framework with an emphasis on design, advanced monitoring points, and service capabilities, including a Niagara driver to communicate directly to Samsung heating and cooling equipment using the Honeywell CIPer Model 50 controller.
Notable features include the ability to wire direct to Samsung equipment without additional adapters and control and monitoring using PC, Mac, Android, or iOS in both standard and mobile web browser configurations. The CIPer Model 50 controller also allows for direct control of other non-Samsung devices on a project using direct communication (BACnet, Modbus, etc.), digital inputs/outputs, and analog inputs/outputs, and integral AI/AO/DI/DO ports. Additional analog and digital inputs and outputs can be added with expansion hardware. Optional touchscreen HMIs and expansion modules are also available.
With VRF sales growing dramatically year over year, especially small- to mid-sized projects, building control needs will continue to evolve, according to the company. Samsung’s new advanced control solutions provides full building integration for projects where it was not considered in the past, adding value for building owners and maintenance companies, and improving the overall occupant experience.