Daikin launches Africa’s first inverter air conditioning system
In its effort to develop environmentally friendly products, the manufacturer of heating, cooling and refrigerant products, Daikin, has launched the first R-32 inverter split wall mounted unit, designed for the African markets. With African countries ratifying the Montréal Protocol to phase down ozone depletion materials to nearly zero by 2030, including the R-22 refrigerant used for air-conditioner equipment, Daiken’s products stand in good stead.
Although a limited amount (2.5 per cent) of ozone depleting refrigerants will remain available between 2030 and 2040 for servicing already installed air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, it will not be sufficient to replenish the needs of old equipment, unless conversion to alternative refrigerants in new equipment is implemented soon.
While speaking at the launch of the product in Lagos recently, Product Manager, Daikin Middle East and Africa (MEA), Sana Hamdani said, “Daikin split ranges will be using low GWP and zero ODP refrigerant R-32, in combination with the unique Daikin Swing compressor, to offer the highest real-life energy efficiency and to minimize the impact to the environment. Casing design and other specifications have been improved, such as the voltage range and sound level to enhance the customer experience and offer the most powerful, efficient and reliable cooling.”
The new range GTKL-TV1 series offers powerful and efficient cooling performances with the best built-in voltage protection. It can withstand the widest voltage range from 160-265V for an AVS free operation. Anti-corrosion protection is offered as standard and the robustness of this unit has been designed for Africa.
Also, Department Manager- Africa Sales, Daikin MEA, Robert Kagabo, stated, “Designed to meet the constraining requirements of the African market, the newly developed Daikin air conditioner will exceed the end-user expectations by offering a year-round powerful and efficient cooling without compromising on the design, comfort or reliability. Leading by example, Daikin has decided to launch this new series using the best available technology to minimize the impact on the environment.”
Mr. Suraj Rupani, Promoter for Panaserv Nigeria Limited, the authorized distributor of Daikin in Nigeria, emphasized that the new technology incorporated into the GTKL-TV1 series air conditioners boast the reliability and unparalleled quality than the Nigerian consumer has come to expect from Daikin products, and incorporates functionality that is beneficial given the unique requirements of Nigeria.
According to him, “The Nigerian consumer is highly sophisticated when it comes to new technology, and inverter technology combined with a more environmentally friendly refrigerant will bring more effective cooling and lower running costs. The brand speaks to the quality of the product, and the new series of air conditioners is a huge win for Nigerian consumers.”
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