By Wares November 15, 2018 Heating & cooling

A round-up of some of the latest local and international heating and cooling category news.


Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps connected with optional Wi-Fi Control are now also Alexa enabled for hands-free control.

BDT Product Manager, Sarah Ellison, predicts that as homes become more connected, voice control heat pumps will be the way of the future for optimum comfort.

"Not only does this simplify everyday living by letting you switch on your heat pump or changing the temperature when you have your hands full, it also means it is easier than ever for those who have impaired vision or disabilities to switch on their heat pump by uttering simple commands.”

The Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pump Control Skill has been developed in-house by BDT, using the Alexa predefined Smart Home Skill specifically created for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) devices.

The functions that Alexa can help withinclude: 

  • On/Off
  • Temperature Setting
  • Heat/Cool/Auto Mode Settings
  • Reporting if a unit is: On/Off, the current mode (Heat/Cool/Auto), temperature set point of the unit and the room’s temperature




A recent report published by Global QY Research forecasts that the global market for household air purifiers was worth US$5.7 billion in 2017 and will reach $10.1 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.2%.

North America contributed the largest share of this at 34% with Europe, China and Japan also big consumers.

China and India are thought to be the fastest growing regions in future as incomes and awareness of health concerns increase in these highly populated areas.

Potentially also adding more weight to the demand for air purifiers, a recent study shows fetal growth may improve if portable air purifiers are used by pregnant women inside their homes.

Researchers in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, one of the world’s most polluted cities, recruited 500 pregnant women and placed air purifiers in half of their homes for this first of its kind study.

Results showed that the air purifiers reduced fine particulars in homes by 29% and that babies in these households weighed on average 85 grams more than those without air purifiers.





New from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia and developed by award-winning Italian designers TENSA, the Avanti Series (photo above) features a sleek, stylish design and incorporates a range of convenient features.

With a range of capacities and coming in both reverse cycle and cool only models, the Avanti series of split system heat pumps are best suited to small and medium spaces.

As one of the quietest on the market, Avanti is less intrusive and by using the R32 refrigerant, Avanti requires less energy to achieve the desired temperature and less refrigerant volume to operate.

The Avanti range uses jet engine blade technology allowing a large volume of air to be blown with the minimum amount of energy generating an airflow that is uniform and quiet.

This new range uses clean air technology and allergen clear system to capture and eliminate allergens, and 3D Auto airflow for effective and even air distribution.

An optional Wi-Fi control system is also available.




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