Do you need a packaged air conditioner that saves energy and won’t break the bank? See what was at the 2018 AHR Expo

by Brianna Crandall — February 5, 2018 — Friedrich, a US-based manufacturer of heating, cooling and other air-conditioning products, launched its new packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) system for the lodging, multifamily and commercial building industry at this year’s AHR Expo , January 22-24.

Called Friedrich FreshAire PTAC, the company is once again pioneering what’s possible for achieving exceptional indoor air quality by introducing what it says is the first-ever PTAC to combine an energy-efficient inverter compressor with the ability to bring in conditioned make-up air (MUA).

Friedrich FreshAire PTAC is touted as a game-changer for being able to meet ASHRAE 62.1-2013 standards, which require bringing in a specific amount of outdoor air and providing MERV 8 filtration — something that in the past only could be achieved with much larger, more complex and expensive systems, says the company.

The new Friedrich unit is said to be the only PTAC to incorporate a MERV 8 filter for outdoor air, greatly reducing air particles, allergens and other air impurities brought into the space. Unlike other PTAC units on the market that ineffectively try to improve air quality with inferior secondary refrigeration systems that also increase energy consumption, Friedrich’s FreshAire PTAC makes it convenient for property owners to deliver outstanding indoor air quality, easily and efficiently.

TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management, stated:

FreshAire PTAC not only saves building owners money over the long run, but also greatly increases the comfort of occupants. We’re proud to be able to offer a simple, convenient and reliable solution designed to meet the highest standards for indoor air quality in the industry today.

Billed as being easy to install and maintain, cost-effective and simple to operate, Friedrich is reportedly the first large-scale air conditioning manufacturer to incorporate inverter compressor technology into a PTAC system. Thanks to Friedrich’s Precision Inverter compressor with variable speed technology, the units are designed to deliver only the amount of cooling or heating needed for the room at any given time, saving energy and money while maintaining even, consistent temperatures.

Other benefits include improved dehumidification as compared to single speed PTACs. The inverter compressor also operates quietly by eliminating the abrupt starts and stops to ensure the ultimate comfort of guests and residents.

FreshAire PTAC with Precision Inverter compressor technology reportedly makes it simple for property owners to get what they need: Friedrich offers just two capacity options that can deliver the lowest and highest capacity on the market.

Friedrich Introduces new advanced dehumidification option for VRP

The inspiration behind Friedrich’s FreshAire PTAC is based on the company’s award-winning VRP (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pump system. Introduced in 2017, VRP also utilizes Precision Inverter Compressor technology that combines variable refrigerant flow technology with the convenience and simplistic design of a closet-mounted single packaged unit. The Friedrich VRP FreshAire system was named a 2017 AHR Expo finalist in the Indoor Air Quality category.

This year, Friedrich unveils a new dehumidification option for VRP solving a major issue for property owners in high-humidity regions, like the Gulf Coast, South and Midwest, where warm, moist air can cause significant maintenance issues and increase mold, unpleasant odors and allergens.

By utilizing a hot-gas reheat circuit, the new VRP dehumidification option borrows energy that is wasted in a typical air-conditioning cycle, and uses it to reheat the return air so the unit can continue to dehumidify longer. Combined with the exceptional make-up air capabilities and other indoor air quality (IAQ) advantages that come standard, VPR is a simple, flexible, easy-to-install and maintain in-closet solution that eliminates the need for costly and complicated large, specialized systems.

For more information, visit the Friedrich Web site.