Is residential the next battleground?

The UK HVAC industry is evolving and setting new trends. Homeowners are increasingly requiring their homes to offer the same level of climate comfort and control as in their office and work environment buildings. Neil Bilton, head of key accounts at Panasonic Heating & Cooling, explores why consumers are demanding more and how Panasonic is meeting those demands.


ith the long, hot summer of 2018 fresh in the nation’s collective memory, and with forecasters predicting warmer and more prolonged periods of uncomfortable heat, home-owners are looking to enjoy the same air-conditioned environments that they experience at work, in shops, cinemas, cars and, frankly, almost all the other buildings they visit. Demand is steadily increasing for systems that can offer cooler homes in the summer and warm homes in winter, yet with a level of control that is easy to operate, cost effective to run, and available from any connected device anywhere in the world. This is particularly so with professionals in major UK cities, where property costs and expectations are high, while sustainability and the environment are also high on today’s wish list. Well-being is an additional factor that home buyers are taking into consideration. Research has shown that the heat produced through the circulation of air is better for our health and our plants than dry heat from traditional gas boilers or LPG.

In our main UK cities, where space is at a premium and the population increasing, many commercial properties are being renovated to residential apartments, offering little in the way of outdoor space.

An example of the above is a recent project in London, where a commercial property has been renovated to create 21 high-end one- and two-bedroom apartments. When it came to considering the heating system, the developer felt it important to ensure year-round climate control, covering

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heating, cooling and the condition of the air to provide the ultimate in comfort for its future residents. Furthermore, the developer thought it important for each of the 21 apartments to have the facility for individual monitoring and billing, which is why the Panasonic Mini ECOi units is an ideal solution for the above project.

The above renovation has a large roof top area where 21 Panasonic Mini ECOi VRF two pipe single phase outdoor units are stored – one for each apartment. The Mini ECOi VRF units were chosen because of their compact size but powerful, energy efficient operation, ensuring there was no impact on visual building aesthetics.

In addition, each unit is connected to a Panasonic slim ducted indoor VRF fan coil unit within each room of the 21 apartments to allow for both heating and cooling. Furthermore, the roof top area houses several solar panels in order to supply a constant renewable and free hot water supply to each apartment, making the apartments carbon neutral.

Instead of a traditional gas boiler with radiators for each apartment and hot water tanks, the above example uses Panasonic’s air to air Mini ECOi VRF solution, which is over four times more energy efficient and uses just 4-6HP. Although the initial outlay is more expensive, the long-term gain far exceeds the initial costs.

For homes to become more energy efficient but still maintain a comfortable year-round temperature, residents and home-owners should look to maintain a constant

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