Toshiba’s Smart Cassette is Crowned ACR Product of the Year 2019
Toshiba’s Smart Cassette was named ACR Product of the Year at the National ACR & Heat Pump Awards. The Super Digital Inverter Smart Cassette is the highest efficiency air conditioning product in its class, as measured by Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) for cooling performance and Coefficient of Performance (COP) for heating, and sets a new standard for energy efficiency, low running costs and occupant comfort. Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd (TCUK) is a joint venture between Toshiba and Carrier in the United Kingdom, and is part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.
“We are delighted to have received this award and the independent validation it represents,” said Neil Hitching, sales director, Toshiba. “The Toshiba Smart Cassette is the most energy efficient air conditioning product in its class and reduces end users’ operating costs while delivering a comfortable and productive indoor environment for building occupants. He added: “The new Smart Cassette demonstrates how we are always innovating to deliver better, more efficient products for our customers, and it deserves this national industry recognition.”
A number of energy-saving technologies contribute to its performance and enable an EER value in excess of nine when connected to a Toshiba Super Digital Inverter outdoor unit. These technologies include:
- A new and improved heat exchange coil;
- A self-cleaning mechanism that maintains airways and surface cleanliness to ensure the energy heat exchange efficiency is maintained;
- Air flow across the exchanger is constantly mixed to ensure improved heat transfer rate;
- Use of the latest high efficiency DC fan motor;
- The cassette vent with an enlarged opening to allow easier air flow and reduce resistance;
- An automatic occupancy sensor that detects when no one is present, and switches the unit to standby mode or stop, further reducing energy waste.
A “draught-free” function enables the cassette to be configured to minimise the angle of air-flow discharge, so air moves almost parallel to the ceiling, eliminating draughts. In addition, a new louvre design enables two types of air discharge simultaneously: a strong directional air-stream for long throw, and a soft directional air-flow for local delivery with gentle, unobtrusive delivery. Despite improving airflow by utilising an enhanced air path, noise levels are lower than standard cassette systems.
To further assist comfort, each of the cassette’s four louvres can be controlled individually to ensure occupants are able to optimise air flow patterns to suit their needs. A new ‘cycle swing’ mode allows all four louvres to swing at different time intervals, giving end users precise control over air flow direction and intensity. All settings can be set into memory and recalled for later use. An optional I/O connection kit can be used to conditionally adjust airflow or cooling/heating modes, depending on inputs from external sensors. Using this, CO2 levels, outside ambient temperature or centralised HVAC control can be included as part of the air conditioning management system, further enhancing control and efficiency.
The Smart Cassette is suitable for use in retail outlets, offices and leisure applications – anywhere a reduction in power use and increase in comfort levels are required.