EUROPE: Mitsubishi Electric has announced the introduction of its first R32 air conditioners into Europe.  

The Japanese manufacturer’s M Series MSZ-LN range, first previewed at Italy’s Mostra Convegno show last year, will the first to offer the new lower GWP refrigerant. The launch of further R32 units are promised throughout the year.

The Cooling Post first revealed Mitsubishi’s intentions last year. At that time the UK company revealed plans for R32 in its residential M Series and commercial P Series air conditioning ranges and Ecodan heat pumps. An R32 version of the company’s City Multi HVRF water/refrigerant hybrid this year was also hinted at.

Commenting on today’s announcement of the M-Series launch, Donald Daw, UK commercial director, said: “This is a major product evolution which will show the market exactly how air conditioning using R32 can perform.

“R32 units have been available in Japan for over two years now and we have taken that knowledge and experience and refined it into this stylish and efficient offering, including our first ever red unit,” he added.

The M-Series units were previewed at last year’s Mostra Convegno exhibition

The MSZ-LN range offers a choice of four sizes from 2.5kW to 6.1kW, with four distinct indoor wall units which are available in red, Onyx Black, Pearl White and Natural White colours. A matching, colour co-ordinated room controller is also available.

It features a built-in Wi-Fi interface enables full control and monitoring via the company’s MELCloud app, and an i-see Sensor, which automatically monitors room occupancy, position and body temperatures to deliver customised comfort.

Double vanes on the indoor unit operate independently to distribute airflow evenly throughout the room and the MSZ-LN offers a whisper-quiet operation as low as 19 dB(A). A Plasma Quad Plus filter also uses powerful plasma technology to filter out even microscopic particles, whilst the dual-barrier coating on the heat exchanger, fan and air duct prevents dust and grease accumulation.

The line-up also includes Mitsubishi Electric’s Replace technology which can utilise existing pipework, making it ideal for office and retail refurbishments.

“We see this model as ideal for high-end, stylish situations and have already had a lot of interest from our customers,” Daw added. “R32 is expected to quickly become the standard for split type air conditioning systems and we have more products lined up for the UK market in the coming months.”

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