Phase down plan announced for HFCs
In May the Government confirmed its plan to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as used in mainly refrigeration, but also mobile and domestic air-con, to help address climate change.
The plan proposes to progressively reduce HFC consumption by more than 80% over the next 20 years which means that New Zealand will meet its international commitments ahead of schedule.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says: “The phase down of HFCs will have implications for New Zealand industries like air conditioning and refrigeration that will need to convert to new technologies. Consumers with heat pumps will not need to upgrade them but future replacements will need to use new technologies.
“We have calibrated the phasedown timetable to give industry and consumers time to adapt while also ensuring New Zealand positively contributes to the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gases.”
According to the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in homes, buildings and industrial operations account for about 55% of total HFC use, mobile air conditioning accounts for about 24% and aerosols for 5%.
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Purifier Fan Heater
In stores since May, and by several accounts selling through strongly, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link purifier not only heats and cools but also removes dust and debris that measure as small as 0.3 microns and comes with a HEPA filter for capturing odours to boot. The new Purifier is also Wi-Fi-connected and syncs with Dyson’s free Link app to remotely control indoor temperature and view the history of a home’s air quality. We understand too that the plan is for Purifier and other Dyson Wi-Fi-enabled products at some stage in the future to work with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, once enabled through the Dyson app.
Fujitsu General e3WiFi edition Heat Pumps
Until now, Fujitsu General has used a separate optional device, the PebbleAir, to enable Wi-Fi control for its heat pump range. However, this month, the company is introducing a new range of its e3 Heat Pumps with built-in Wi-Fi.
“The PebbleAir showed us that there is real end-user demand for WiFi control,” says Fujitsu General Marketing Manager, Fiona Harris. “Wi-Fi allows users to switch on, control the temperature, add timers from their smartphone or tablet. That means they can control their home comfort from anywhere, whether they are in the home or remotely.”
The Fujitsu e3WiFi Edition range has the efficient R32 system with the same compact design as the other products in the e3 ranges, and is available in no less than seven heating capacities (3.2kW; 3.7kW; 6kW; 7.2kW; 8.0kW; 9.0kW and 10.3kW).
The PebbleAir will continue to be available for those who want to retrofit Wi-Fi to their current product, or for use on other heat pumps in the Fujitsu range.