More Awareness Essential for Better Indoor Air Quality

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Richard Bishop, UK and Ireland Head of Marketing at Panasonic, explains the need for raising awareness around Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Air Conditioning Solutions, reinforcing why science and technology must collaborate to deliver healthier air.

The issue of indoor air quality has never been more important. Panasonic has recently seen an increased demand from building services engineers looking for new ways to address the issue of IAQ.

As we have seen during the recent pandemic, scientific research suggests that indoor air can be significantly more polluted than outdoor air, with a higher concentration of potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and particles polluting our indoor air. As we strive to make buildings more air-tight to keep in cool or warm air, we are increasing our chances that pollutants and harmful bacteria will accumulate, which can have a negative impact on our overall wellbeing.

There are lots of airborne factors that can diminish the quality of the air we breathe – mould, pollen, viruses and odours, for example, can all contribute to an unpleasant environment. More importantly, these factors can trigger health issues and the spread of viruses such as COVID 19, asthma and allergies. If left unaddressed, pollutants will become more concentrated allowing for bacteria to grow – creating a potentially harmful indoor atmosphere.

Indoor air pollution can be particularly difficult to protect ourselves against as it comes from many sources and is often hard to see. The World Health Organisation categorises the most relevant IAQ issues for public health as biological air pollutants, chemical pollution (can include everyday cleaning products and Volatile Organic Compounds in building products), and pollutants from indoor combustion of fuels.

Science and Technology = Healthy Air for Life

Panasonic recently introduced a ground-breaking solution, discovered by their R&D team of scientists and technology experts, nanoe™ X, a perfect marriage of science and technology that forms a building block of the future for healthier indoor air quality and incorporated as standard into many of Panasonic Air Conditioning range of units.

nanoe™ X is a cost-effective way to improve air hygiene by preventing transmission of airborne pathogens. The technology collects invisible moisture in the air and applies a high voltage to it to generate hydroxyl radicals contained in water. Hydroxyl radicals, abundant in nature, inhibit the growth of certain viruses, bacteria and allergens. Contained in tiny water particles, nanoe™ X generates particles that have a long lifespan and can spread over long distances.

Recent, independent testing verifies that nanoe™ X can inhibit certain types of bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-22, meaning the air conditioning systems that incorporate the nanoe™ X technology can help bring these incredible benefits indoors so that hard surfaces, soft furnishings, and the indoor environment can be a cleaner and more pleasant place to be.

nanoe™X works independently from the heating and cooling operation of the units, using minimal energy and requiring no maintenance. The nanoe™ X particles are released even in “fan mode only” using only 25W of power to help improve protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Furthermore, Panasonic have recently expanded their range of products that now include nanoe™ X as standard, including the newly designed PACi PY3 60×60 Mini Cassette Panel with nanoe™X built in, the ideal solution for commercial spaces such as restaurants, shops and small offices. The new indoor unit is available in five capacities ranging from 2.0 – 6.0kW.

The Panasonic PACi PY3 60×60 Mini Cassette is an extremely advanced unit that offers efficient and powerful operation utilising R32 refrigerant. The lightweight and compact indoor units have been newly designed to feature a flat panel, providing the unit with a more subtle profile so that it can be seamlessly integrated into any interior design scheme. Its slim profile makes it ideal for installation where ceiling voids are only 250mm deep. Plus these units come with integrated AC Smart Cloud and AC Service Cloud connection capabilities, meaning that the room temperature can be controlled from anywhere via a desktop or mobile device, supplying remote monitoring and maintenance functionality for a more environmental solution.

By bringing physical science and technologies together we can fight indoor pollutants at source, paving the way for a cost-effective solution that could bring healthier air to people worldwide. This collaboration of chemistry and technology changes the properties of indoor air, making it safer and healthier to breathe. To protect our collective health, science-led solutions need to become an integral feature in every home, business and public building – as fundamental as hot water and internet access.

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