HVACR News 2021

Here's the HVACR News 2021 that you may want to read in case you missed it. Most of the news are still relevant to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Year 2021 had been a difficult year as most events and exhibitions had either been postponed, cancelled or done through online due to the coronavirus pandemic that hits us globally.

HVACR News 2021 From Around the World

Dec 29, 2021 - Mini-Split Tool Kit from Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket Mini-Split Tool Kit 60994 is designed for servicing/install mini-split refrigerants (R22/404A/410A).

Tool Kit 60993 is used for servicing/install mini-split refrigerants (R22/407C/410A).

More details at official site of Yellow Jacket.

Dec 11, 2021 - Danfoss partners with ENFOR to develop innovative software

Danfoss has partnered with ENFOR to further develop innovative software to support utilities and energy companies that will help to save energy and cost. Other goals include carbon dioxide reductions and overall operational improvements for the utilities.

Founded in 2006, ENFOR provides energy forecasting and optimization solutions for the energy sector using artificial intelligence and big data processing.

Dec 7, 2021 - Turkey ratified Kigali Amendment

Turkey is the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment on Nov 10, 2021. 

With this ratification, a total of 129 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming. 

Dec 6, 2021 - Daikin North America Acquired Washington state companies Thermal Supply, Inc. and AirReps, LLC.

Headquartered in Seattle, Thermal Supply is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and is the largest distributor of residential and light commercial Daikin, Goodman®, and Amana® brand products in the Pacific Northwest.

AirReps is based in Bellevue, Washington and is the largest and most tenured manufacturer’s representative firm for premium HVAC equipment in the Pacific Northwest.

Nov 24, 2021 - GREE fined $91 million in U.S. over faulty dehumidifiers

Gree Electric Appliances of Zhuhai, China was fined $91 million for selling fire-prone dehumidifiers in the United States. The manufacturer waited a year before recalling the defective products. Over 2 million units were sold from 2007-2013 that could overheat and caught fire.

More news here.

Nov 16, 2021 - Carrier to increase price of North America Products

Carrier announces price increase up to 12% on North American commercial products, up to 10% on residential products and about 4% on HVAC parts and supplies effective January 10, 2022.

Nov 8, 2021 - Saint Lucia ratified Kigali Amendment

St. Lucia is the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment on Nov 2, 2021. St. Lucia is an island country with tropical climate in the West Indies.

With this ratification, a total of 128 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming. 

Osaka, Japan - Nov 1, 2021 - Panasonic Verified the inhibitory effect of hydroxyl radicals contained in water on novel coronavirus variants

Panasonic Corporation has verified the inhibitory effect of hydroxyl radicals contained in water on novel coronavirus(SARS-CoV-2) variants, namely Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. The test confirmed an inhibitory effect of over 99% on all five types of viruses after two hours of exposure.

Nov 1, 2021 - COP26 or UN Climate Change of The Parties is on in Glasgow, UK

The UK is hosting the 26th Climate Change from Oct 31, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021 in Glasgow. This conference will bring together the heads of state, climate experts and others to tackle the climate change. More about COP26 here.

Oct 29, 2021 - Daikin Applied Acquires Dynamic Controls Inc.(DCI)

Daikin Applied announced on Oct 11, 2021 the acquisition of DCI. DCI is a building systems integrator and is based in St. Louis, Missouri. The acquisition will enable Daikin Applied to link HVAC technologies with other building systems, such as security, life safety and energy management.

Falls Church, VA, U.S.A. - Oct 28, 2021 - PHCC Announced winners of 2021 National Apprentice Contest

There were three winners each from the Plumbing and HVAC apprentice contest.

A total of sixteen plumbing and seven HVAC apprentices from the USA took part in the contest from October 21st-22nd in Kansas City, Missouri. It was held during the PHCC—National Association’s CONNECT 2021 event. See the winners here.

New York, U.S.A. - Oct 24, 2021 - Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day

Thermostat Recycling Corporation is a non-profit corporation that collects and recycles mercury thermostats. The mercury in the thermostats is a potential health hazard if not disposed properly. Oct 24 is Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day and the corporation is urging consumers to examine their thermostats and recycle them if they contain mercury.

More information at https://thermostat-recycle.org

Palm Beach Garden, Fla, U.S. - Oct 20, 2021 - Carrier acquires Cavius, a residential alarm company

Carrier has acquires Cavius, a company that produces smoke, heat, flood and carbon monoxide alarms for the residential market. The company from Denmark invented the world's smallest photoelectric smoke alarm.

Italy, Oct 18, 2021 - New Water-Cooled Chiller from Mitsubishi Electric

This new i-FX2-W-G04 high efficiency water-cooled chiller is using inverter technology and is manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems S.p.A

It is also using HFO R1234ze refrigerant which is a near zero Global Warming Potential refrigerant.

Oct 13, 2021 - Serbia ratified Kigali Amendment

Serbia is the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment on Oct 8, 2021. 

With this ratification, a total of 127 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming. 

Oct 12, 2021 - Airthings launches carbon dioxide detector

Airthings has launched the View C02 for business which will be able to detect the carbon dioxide level in the room for users to take actions to increase its level in the room by ventilating the room.

It can also sense temperature, humidity, light, noise and virus.

It can be powered using 6 AA batteries or USB-C and has a dimensions of 17cm X 9cm X 3.3cm. 

Airthings headquarters is in Oslo, Norway and have other key locations in Sweden, USA and Canada. 

More information here.

USA - Oct 7, 2021 - ebm-papst builds new plant in USA

Ebm-papst did a groundbreaking ceremony to build a new plant at Telford, TN, USA on Tuesday.

ebm-papst is a global leader in producing fans and motors. This 12-hectare land will have 120 employees when in operation in summer next year.

Oct 4, 2021 - Carrier launches Toshiba Carrier Touchscreen Controller

Carrier recently launched a new Toshiba Carrier touchscreen controller in North America. This controller can connect up to 128 units of indoor units and is used in the VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems. 

This 7-inch color touchscreen allows the building managers to access their entire VRF system from a central location.

Sept 28, 2021 - India ratified Kigali Amendment

India is the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment on Sept 27, 2021. 

With this ratification, a total of 126 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming. 

Osaka, Japan - Sept 27, 2021 - New Panasonic Factory in Vietnam

Panasonic Japan has launched a new factory in Vietnam which is located in Binh Duong Province. This factory will be producing ceiling fans, ventilating fans and ceiling mount ventilating fans.

It aims to produce 3 million units for year 2026. More information here.

Sept 23, 2021 - SYSAQUA R32 air-cooled chillers and heat pumps from Systemair 

Systemair has launched a range of air-cooled chillers and heat pumps that use R32 refrigerant that has a lower GWP compared to R410A.

These high efficiency units capacity range from 50-170kW. They are also EUROVENT certified.

Systemair headquarters is in Sweden and is a global company. More about Systemair in the video below.

Sept 17, 2021 - Carrier Chillers first Installation in UK using R-515B 

Carrier UK Installed the first Carrier Chillers that uses R-515B refrigerant. The Carrier AquaForce® 30XW-VZE screw chillers were installed in an art gallery in the UK.

This refrigerant has a GWP or Global Warming Potential of less than 300 and has a highest safety rating of A1. A1 rating means that the refrigerant is non-toxic and non-flammable. Read more about refrigerants here.

Charlotte, N.C., U.S. - Sept 7, 2021 - Carrier finalized the acquisition of Guangdong Giwee Group

Carrier has completed the acquisition of HVAC manufacturer, the Giwee Group from China. The acquisition was first announced on June 3, 2021. The Giwee Group produces products such as variable refrigerant flow, modular chiller and light commercial air conditioning solutions. The brands being marketed include GIWEE, GCHV and CHIGO.

Sept 1, 2021 - Tunisia ratified Kigali Amendment

Tunisia is the latest country to ratify the Kigali Amendment on August 27, 2021. 

With this ratification, a total of 124 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming. 

Find out more about HFCs and other refrigerants here.

Tunnel Ventilation Solutions from Panasonic

Aug 11, 2021 - Rheem announced intention to acquire Friedrich Air Conditioning

Rheem on July 23, 2021 has announced its intention to acquire Friedrich Air Conditioning. Friedrich was established in the year 1883 and has been in business for 138 years. The HVAC company is based in San Antonio, Texas with manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

Rheem was founded in 1925 and today produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool & spa heating and commercial refrigeration products.

Aug 9, 2021 - Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US Launched Virtual Showroom

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US or METUS has launched the virtual showroom that features residential air conditioning and heat pumps products. Visitors will be able to view products, download catalogs and watch the videos of the products online. 

More details at METUS website.

Aug 3, 2021 - Broan-NuTone Develops Indoor Air Quality System

Called Overture System, you can now monitor and control the air quality in your house by using this system developed by Broan-NuTone.

The sensors detect the carbon dioxide, total volatile organic compound, PM2.5 particles, temperature and humidity in the house and automatically on the exhaust fan to remove them and bringing fresh air supply from the outside. 

Monitoring of the IAQ is done by using the cloud-connected system apps where the historical data can be retrieved.

July 28, 2021 - ACCA New Marketing Masters Awards

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America or ACCA in short has launched the Marketing Masters Awards on July 23, 2021 at Alexandria, VA. The awards are to recognize the best marketing programs by HVAC contractors.

The awards are divided into five categories and each category will have gold, silver and bronze awarded. The gold award from each category will compete for the Elite Marketing Masters Award. Winner will be selected by ACCA's Conference & Expo Attendees from Mar 28-30, 2022 at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO.

  • Traditional Media – Print
  • Traditional Media – TV or Radio
  • Connections through Social Media
  • Connections through Digital or Mobile Marketing
  • Rolling Marketing – Vehicles

Deadline to apply is Nov 30, 2021. More details here.

July 19, 2021 - CARRIER Celebrates the 119th Anniversary of Modern Air Conditioning on July 17.

July 17, 2021 is the 119th anniversary since Willis Haviland Carrier invented the first air conditioner to control the temperature and humidity of a printing company in 1902. Children of Carrier employees spoke why they love air conditioning to celebrate this day.

July 15, 2021 - Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US New Website Launched

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US or METUS has launched a new website https://www.mitsubishicomfort.com for home owners and professionals.

METUS is a leading provider of ductless and variable refrigerant flow systems in the United States and Latin America. This website provides information on METUS products. 

One of the videos from the website on the zoning systems.

July 6, 2021 - Daikin Released about 300 Patents Free of Charge for R32

Daikin has released about 300 patents free of charge for the manufacturing and sales of air conditioners using R32 refrigerant. This will help to popularize this refrigerant which does not destroy the ozone layer and has lower GWP(Global Warming Potential) compared to R410A. 

See the patent list here.

July 1, 2021 - Monitor Your IAQ Using AirAssure IAQ Monitor from TSI Incorporated 

The 6-gas and 4-gas AirAssure IAQ Monitor are able to measure gaseous in the indoor space.

6-Gas Model Measures

  • Ozone
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Total Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Particulate Matter
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity

4-Gas Model Measures

  • Formaldehyde
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Total Volatile Organic Compounds 
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Particulate Matter
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity

Indianapolis, U.S. - June 30, 2021 - New Carrier Smart Air Purifier  

This is the latest HEPA Air Purifier from Carrier which is able to capture 99.97% of particles size 0.3 microns. It is WIFI-enabled and able to monitor the IAQ from anywhere. The air quality indicator is also displayed on the LED screen.

June 28, 2021 - EcoEnergy Insights wins Award at AI Breakthrough Award 2021

EcoEnergy Insights won the Best Predictive Analytics Platform for its CORTIX platform during the fourth AI Breakthrough Awards 2021. EcoEnergy Insights is part of CARRIER Global Corporation and is a leading provider of AI and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled services company.

June 21, 2021 - China is the 122nd country to ratify Kigali Amendment

China has ratified the Kigali Amendment which took effect on June 17, 2021 with the commitment as a developing country, to reduce the HFC use by 80% by 2045.

With this ratification, a total of 122 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming.

Read more about refrigerant here.

New York, U.S. - June 4, 2021 - Granite Comfort Acquires Green Air Care

Granite Comfort, a HVAC and plumbing company has acquired Green Air Care, a HVAC company which serves the Chicagoland metropolitan area. Green Air Care is a company specializes in the installation and maintenance of air conditioners, furnaces, IAQ (indoor air quality) systems, and residential and commercial air duct cleaning. 

Granite Comfort promotes the growth of its business partners by offering a unique leasing strategy called EASE Comfort. EASE Comfort enables customers to lease HVAC systems under long-term agreements, providing residential energy infrastructure-as-a-service at no upfront cost to the customer. 

Charlotte, N.C., U.S. - June 3, 2021 - Carrier Acquires Guangdong Giwee Group

Carrier has acquired a HVAC manufacturer, the Giwee Group from China. The Giwee Group produces products such as variable refrigerant flow, modular chiller and light commercial air conditioning solutions. The brands being marketed include GIWEE, GCHV and CHIGO.

Verona, Italy - May 24, 2021 - AERMEC Multipurpose Heat Pumps

The multipurpose heat pumps manufactured by AERMEC are able to provide cooling, heating and also produce Domestic Hot Water (DHW) for the needs of many diverse applications such as hotels, office buildings and house complexes.

Read more here.

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. - May 20, 2021 - Smart Connectivity for LG Windows and Portable Air Conditioners

Selected LG portable and windows air conditioners can now have smart connectivity. These WIFI-enabled models can now be remotely controlled using ThinQ App on mobile devices. You can now controlled the air conditioners while away from home.

They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice controlled operation.

Beijing, China - May 12, 2021 - ISH China and CIHE opens today featuring  980 HVAC exhibitors

This HVAC trade exhibition will be on from May 12-14, 2021 at New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. About 980 exhibitors will be here to feature the latest HVAC solutions with the theme Energy, Water and Life. Admission is FREE for trade and invited visitors. 

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., U.S. - May 4, 2021 - Carrier's Lynx Digital Platform recognized among 2021 World Changing Ideas Award

The Carrier's Lynx Digital platform being co-developed with AWS (Amazon Web Services) provides customers with enhanced visibility, increased connectivity and actionable intelligence across their cold chain operations to improve how temperature-sensitive cargo, including food, medicine and vaccines, is moved worldwide.

Charlotte, N.C., U.S. - May 4, 2021 - Evaporative Pre-Cooling available for Carrier AquaForce 30XV Screw Chiller 

Carrier has announced the evaporative pre-cooling technology for AquaForce 30XV chiller. It will lower the ambient air temperature entering the air-cooled chiller.

This feature can generate significant savings, increase overall HVAC efficiency and works with virtually any air-cooled HVAC unit.

Zhuhai, China - April 30, 2021 - Gree Won the 2021 Global Cooling Prize Award

Gree, a global leading air conditioners manufacturer and partner, Tsinghua University have won the 2021 Global Cooling Prize award for  "Zero Carbon Source" cooling technology. The award was given to companies that designed products to solve the critical climate threat that comes from growing demand for residential air conditioning.

The technology delivers cooling with 5X lower climate impact. It integrates advanced vapor compression refrigeration, photovoltaic direct-driven, evaporative cooling and ventilation to achieve this feat.

April 27, 2021 -  Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators 2021

Daikin has been named among Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators 2021 for the 7th consecutive times and 8th time overall.  Clarivate analyzed patent data to identify the world’s top 100 innovative companies and research institutions.

As leader of the HVAC industry, Daikin has allowed many of its patents to be used by other companies to reduce the greenhouse gases for the HVAC industry.

Indianapolis, USA - April 23, 2021 - New Bryant Home App Launched

Bryant, part of Carrier Global Corporation has launched a new Bryant Home App which is available on Google Play and Apple Store. This app will replace MyEvolution Connex App with enhanced features such as the ability to know the outdoor air quality within the vicinity of the house, the AQI (Air Quality Index) as well as the pollutant levels in the atmosphere.

Morris Plains, N.J, USA - April 19, 2021 - US retailer, Whole Foods to use R448A Refrigerant

Whole Foods Markets, US retailer with more than 100 stores will retrofit their commercial refrigeration systems using Solstice® N40 (R448A), a blend refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1387. It will be used to replace the higher GWP refrigerants R-404A and R-22.

Read more here.

Shanghai, China - April 13, 2021 - 2021 Carrier Air Conditioning Festival

Carrier China recently hosted the air conditioning festival to demonstrate and reinforced Carrier's history of innovation and strength of it's portfolio at its new campus in Shanghai.

Carrier Air Conditioning Museum is the place where visitors can see the history of HVAC development and Carrier's role as an important player in this industry.

Mar 25, 2021 - Carrier India "Green Your School Contest"

This contest jointly organized by Carrier India and Indian Green Building Council for schools in India has been held for the last 14 years.

The objective of the contest is to share practical green ideas. This year's winning projects include rooftop solar panels to save electricity, re-directing wastewater for watering the school gardens and reducing the use of plastic.

Shanghai - Mar 23, 2021 - Haier Healthy Air Conditioners Ranked #1 In Three Categories

At the recent AWE 2021 in Shanghai, Haier's Air Conditioners from China were ranked #1 in Three Prestigious Euromonitor International Categories.

  • Number one brand of healthy Self-Clean air conditioner in the world, with a market share of over 46% in terms of volume sales in 2020.
  • Number one brand of connected air conditioner in the world, with a market share of over 31% in terms of volume sales in 2020.
  • Number one Chinese air conditioner brand by selling volume in the overseas market  in 2020.

Mar 22, 2021 - World Refrigeration Day Theme: "Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World”  

World Refrigeration Day is held every year on 26 June. The organization has announced that the theme for 2021 will be "Cooling Champions: Cool Careers for a Better World”. This year's campaign will focus on careers in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps industry. 

It's goal is to inspire students and young professionals in all countries to meet the challenges faced in their communities.

Read more here.

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Zambia - Mar 22, 2021 - Zambia is the 115th country to ratify Kigali Amendment

Zambia ratified the Kigali Amendment which took effect on Mar 15, 2021 with the commitment as a developing country, to freeze HFC production and use in 2024, with an 80% reduction by 2045.

With this ratification, a total of 115 countries have signed this Amendment to reduce the usage of HFC refrigerants that caused global warming.

Read more about refrigerant here.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., U.S. - Mar 16, 2021 - Carrier Joint Venture to Acquire TEC(Temperature Equipment Corporation)

Carrier and Watsco have signed an agreement to form a joint venture to acquire Temperature Equipment Corporation(TEC), the largest Carrier distributor in the Midwest. Watsco will owe 80% and Carrier the remaining 20%. TEC is a distributor of Carrier, Bryant and Payne brands HVAC equipment.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., U.S. - Mar 11, 2021 - Emerson joins Carrier Alliance Supplier Program

Emerson has joined Carrier Alliance program and will be supplying leading-edge software and technologies such as compressors, valves, sensors, controls and thermostats to Carrier.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. - Mar 11, 2021 

Johnson Controls new 25-80 tons rooftop units have efficient and performance that meet Department of Energy (DOE) 2023 energy efficiency standards and Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) highest tiers ratings.

Mar 2, 2021 - Hisense Plans To Become Top Three Air-Conditioners Vendors In China by 2022

Hisense China, the Shanghai-shortlisted firm aims to become China's top three air-conditioners vendors by the year 2022. The brand has many hi-tech products that help to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 virus and other diseases. Currently, the market is led by GREE and MIDEA.

Mar 1, 2021 -AHRI Releases Dec 2020 U.S. Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipment Data

The US shipment of central air conditioners for Dec 2020 increased by 6% from about 303K to 321K compared to Dec 2019. The shipment of air-source heat pumps increased by 18% from 205K to 242K compared to Dec 2019.

See the detailed data here.

San Antonio, Texas - Feb 23, 2021 - Friedrich Air Conditioning Offers Variable Refrigerant Package 7000Btu Heat Pump System

This studio 7000Btu Variable Refrigerant Package has a small footprint and Indoor Air Quality Quality capabilities that are suitable for the lodging industry. It is powered by Precision Inverter Compressor and has the option to incorporate Make-Up Air (MUA), MERV 13 filtration, UV-C and Air Purification technologies to eliminate pollutants and pathogens.

Westwood, MA - Feb 23, 2021 - EnVerid Systems Launches New HVAC Load Reduction HLR'100M Product

The HLR100M is an air cleaning product that is able to remove all the ASHRAE defined “contaminants of concern” from indoor air. The helps to reduce the load on the HVAC systems by safely recirculating indoor air. No exhaust ductwork is required.

Nordborg, Denmark - Feb 22, 2021 - Danfoss Decarbonizes By Building Green Data Centers

Danfoss is committed to reduce energy costs as well as lowering greenhouse emission by building green data centers. In 2022, Danfoss headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark will be carbon dioxide free. By 2024, Danfoss data centers excess heat will provide 25% of the heat supply to the 250,000 sqm offices and factories.

Danfoss digital transformation will also be consolidating 20 global data centers and 135 server rooms into a handful of data centers, which will all be built using Danfoss green technologies.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., U.S. - Feb 12, 2020 - Alfa Laval joins Carrier Alliance Supplier Program

Alfa Laval has joined the Carrier Alliance Supplier Program and will be supplying engineered heat exchangers to Carrier globally.

Feb 5, 2021 - ASHRAE and others have compiled many resources as well as FAQ in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. 

See the resources here.

Leatherhead, UK - Jan 25, 2021

Carrier's OptiCleanTM product has won the RAC Cooling Industry Award 2020 as the Air Conditioning Innovation of the Year.

It was invented in response to the pandemic in providing a safe environment for indoor air. It helps to reduce the contaminants in the air by using HEPA filtration.

Jan 22, 2021 - ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has published a few recommendations in helping to reduce the airborne infectious aerosol exposure of pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Public Health Guidance - Follow the recommendations by the health authorities such as wearing of masks, social distancing and sanitation.
  • Ventilation, Filtration, Air Cleaning - Follow the standards of minimum outdoor airflow rates for ventilation, use of air filters and air cleaners to achieve at least MERV 13, using only effective air cleaners, etc.
  • Air Distribution - Promote mixing of space air without causing strong air currents.
  • HVAC System Operation 
  • System Commissioning - Verify that the HVAC system is functioning as per designed.

Read more of ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Recommendations.

Leatherhead, UK - Jan 18, 2021 - Chillers and Heat Pumps available for R-515B from Carrier

Carrier has made available the water-cooled chillers and heat pumps using the refrigerant R-515B which has a Global Warming Potential of less than 300. This refrigerant has a safety classification of A1 which is both non-toxic and non-flammable.

Houston - January 12, 2021 Daikin Acquires ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions Company  

Daikin today announced the acquisition of ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions Company, a leading distributor of HVAC and refrigeration systems and supplies in the Northeastern of the United States, head quartered in Long Island City, New York.

This purchase helps the company to expand its distribution in the Northeast.

Houston - January 4, 2021 Goodman Acquires Robinson Supply Company  

Goodman today announced the acquisition of Robinson Supply Company, a distributor of Daikin, Goodman and Amana brands in the residential unitary and light commercial products.

This purchase helps the company to expand its distribution in the Northeast. At the moment, Robinson has a total of seven branches spread over Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., U.S. - Dec 29, 2020 - Broad-Ocean Motor joins Carrier Alliance Supplier Program

Broad-Ocean Motor has joined the Carrier Alliance Supplier Program and will be supplying high-efficiency, intelligent and hermetic motor products to Carrier.

Dec 18, 2020 - Danfoss joins Carrier Alliance Supplier Program

Danfoss A/S has joined the Carrier Alliance Supplier Program and will be supplying compressors, valves, heat exchangers and drives to Carrier.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. - Dec 15, 2020 

Johnson Controls has opened the state-of-the-art training center in Oklahoma City, OK. This center offers remote as well as hands-on classes including virtual reality training. More details here.

Dec 9, 2020 

Danfoss has announced the release of the second version of the industrial refrigeration evaporator controller EKE 400. It can support DX evaporators and can do defrost sequence for ammonia, CO2, HFC and HCFC based systems.

The CoolConfig software makes it easier to do the setting of multiple EKE400 in the refrigeration system.

It can also integrate with third party equipment through MODBUS communication where users can have access to most parameters in EKE400 which include gas concentration, alarm settings, set-points, etc.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - Dec 7, 2020 

Carrier signed agreement to sell it's remaining interest in Beijer Ref AB to a fund managed by global investment firm EQT for a total value of about US$1.1 billion.

Beijing Ref provides commercial and industrial refrigeration; and also heating and air conditioning products and is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm.

November 2020 

Daikin has announced the appointment of Masaaki Miyatake as the new Daikin Middle East and Africa (MEA) Chairman and President. He joined Daikin in Japan as a sales engineer 30 years ago and joined Daikin MEA in Dubai in July 2020.

His team won the 2017 "Energy Conservation Grand Prize" and "Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Award" when they developed an inverter heat pump modular chiller product.

Tokyo, Japan - November 27, 2020 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems will launch R32 refrigerant single fan and multiple room outdoor unit air conditioners for the European market in December 2020.

Six models with 4, 5 and 5.5 hp capacity will be available using single-phase and three-phase alternating current. The compressor motor will be changed from distributed winding to concentrated winding type with better performance and lower standby power consumption.

Nov 25, 2020 HVACR News

The 2021 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Winners have been announced in all the 10 categories.




Building Automation

Infinitum Electric

Infinitum Electric IEq, a High-Efficiency Silicon Carbide VFD



Copeland ZPK7 Fixed Speed Scroll Compressor

Green Building

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Pump-Assisted Split Loop Energy Recovery Heat Exchanger



Radiant Auto-Balancing System

Indoor Air Quality

Des Champs Technologies

Des Champs Technologies Series PLP Air-Trap


Caleffi Hydronic Solutions

AngleMix Angle-Style ThermoStatic Mixing Valve


Officine Mario Dorin Spa

CD600 Range



NEO Net Energy Optimizer Energy Modeling Software

Tools & Instruments


D-TEK 3 Refrigerant Leak Detector



CAR3 - Next Generation in Precise Airflow

See more details of the innovation here.

Hinwil, Switzerland - November 24, 2020 

Facilio and Belimo will be collaborating by using IoT to enhance the operational efficiencies of buildings industry. This collaboration will provide:

  • Remote Asset Performance & Optimization
  • Sustainability Management
  • Automated Maintenance
  • Seamless Tenant & Occupant Experiences -An app to enable users to work remotely and access data, tenant service requests, visitor and vendor management.

Facilio is an AI-driven property operations and maintenance platform. Belimo is a leader in HVAC field devices with sensors, control valves and damper actuators as it's main products.

BRACKNELL, UK, Nov 20, 2020 

Two Panasonic products - Aquarea J-Series Air Source Heat Pump and Cold Chain C02 refrigeration unit have been shortlisted in two categories for the RAC Cooling Awards.

The Aquarea J-Series uses R32 refrigerant which has zero impact on the earth's ozone depletion layer and also less impact on global warming. 

Cold Chain C02 refrigeration unit uses the environmental-friendly C02. This unit is also able to switch between chill or freeze mode.

The results of the awards will be announced virtually on 9th Dec 2020.

Shanghai, China - November 20, 2020 

Carrier China will be providing HVAC solutions to improve the air quality of Guangzhou Respiratory Center through Carrier's Healthy Buildings Program.

Thousands of airside products with ultra-violet lights to ensure good indoor air quality will be used.

Highly efficient chillers and heat pumps equipment will also be installed. The center which will have 1,200 beds is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2021.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla, USA - November 19, 2020

Carrier's OptiCleanTM product has been named as one of TIME's 100 Best Inventions of 2020. It was invented in respond to Covid-19 pandemic to provide safe environment for indoor air in schools, hospitals, homes and other applications.

It has a minimum of MERV 7 pre-filter and a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter can last up to 40,000 hours or 4 years of normal operations and maintenance.

The HEPA filter is able to remove 99.97% of contaminants including microbes as small as 0.3 microns.

The OptiCleanTM is also able to create a negative air-pressure in the space to prevent contaminated air from flowing out of the space, protecting occupants in other parts of the building. The contaminated air is trapped by the HEPA filter and clean air is discharged to the space.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA - November 17, 2020 

Honeywell today launched the Electronic Air Cleaners with UV systems and IAQ sensors in helping to remove contaminants from the air as well as filter and disinfect them without significant drop in air flow in commercial buildings.

The UV system uses ultraviolet light to damage the DNA of certain microbes and inactivate various fungal, bacterial and viral organisms. See more here.

Houston, USA - November 17, 2020 

Daikin North America today appointed Doug Widenmann as Senior Vice President and President of Daikin North America LLC.

He has 34 years of experience in HVAC industry and has been with Daikin for the last 9 years. Prior to that he was with Johnson Controls, Wolverine Tube, Rheem and Trane.

HVACR News: Suzhou, China - November 16, 2020 

CAREL plant in Suzhou has a new production line that is used exclusively to manufacture Electronic Expansion Valves.

The valves are used in many applications  such as data centres, shopping centres, automotive sector and refrigerated showcases.

HVACR News: Singapore - November 10, 2020  

Daikin Industries, Ltd will provide a district cooling system for Tengah Town in Singapore.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with Singapore Power Group covering all residences in this smart city. 30% life cycle costs savings is realized at each household compared to individual air conditioners installment. Other public facilities will also have high energy-saving equipment.

A district cooling system is a cooling system that supplies water cooled from a high-efficiency modular chiller to fan coil units that are installed in homes and buildings. Charges will be based on a "subscription model" according to the time used.

Significant energy-savings will be achieved as air conditioners currently occupy 40% of the total electricity consumption at households.

The Tengah Town is a futuristic new city that will consist of 42,000 residences with a total area of 700 hectares. It will start accepting residents in 2023.

HVACR News: WALLER, Texas - November 5, 2020  

Daikin today announced that Takayuki Inoue will lead sales, marketing and distribution for the Daikin, Goodman, Amana and Quietflex brands as Executive Vice President/Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.

HVACR News: INDIANAPOLIS, November 2, 2020 

Carrier has upgraded its residential website for homeowners with better online experience. Features include chatbot, product personalization, products & contractors ratings/reviews, website optimized for different devices and consumer survey for future site improvements.

The website address https://www.carrier.com/residential/en/us/

HVACR News: HOUSTON, November 2, 2020 

Daikin North America announced today the purchase of Stevens Equipment Supply, LLC. Read more here.

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CHATSWORTH, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020

Venstar’s Surveyor® Energy Management System is helping Learning Care Group Inc. (LCG) reduce energy costs by 25 percent. Read more here.

Panasonic Malaysia - Oct 26, 2020

Panasonic Malaysia announced that it's nanoeTMX technology is able to inhibit the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The verification was done by Texcell. The hydroxyl radicals generated by nanoeTMX is able to inhibit pathogenic microbes (bacteria, fungi and viruses) and allergens, breaking down Particulate Matter (PM2.5) that have adverse effects on the human body.

See more here.

BRACKNELL, UK, October 23, 2020 

Panasonic UK is offering accredited CIBSE CPD courses online related to HVAC for free on a few Fridays at 10am. Duration of each session is about an hour and registration is required to attend.

  • 30 October – Indoor Air Quality
  • 6 November – An Introduction to Air to Water Technology
  • 13 November – Overview of F-Gas and R32 Technology
  • 20 November - Indoor Air Quality
  • 27 November – Indoor Air Quality

More information and registration here.


Sharp Corporation is the first in the world to use its Plasmacluster Technology to reduce the airborne novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by more than 90%. SARS-CoV-2 is the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. See the study with Professor Jiro Yasuda here.

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