During AHR Expo 2019, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace, Panasonic reaffirmed its commitment to customer comfort and quality air for life by introducing its latest advancement in air purification technology: nanoe™X.
Coming to the U.S. market in early 2020 following its popularity abroad, nanoeX is a revolutionary air purification technology that identifies harmful pollutants such as allergens, bacteria and odors, and neutralizes them using nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles that are rich in OH radicals.
“Notably, nanoeX is not a filtration system – it actually neutralizes pollutants outside of the ductless unit,” said Vic Flynn, senior product manager at Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning North America, during the AHR Expo. “This means that the air is actually being cleaned rather than filtered through the unit and pushed back out into the environment.”
By deodorizing unpleasant odors and inhibiting the growth of bacteria and viruses, nanoeX provides a cleaner and fresher indoor environment. As an additional benefit, nanoeX has been shown to help retain skin moisture to reduce dryness issues.
Designed for residential and commercial applications, nanoeX is already improving indoor air quality globally in a wide range of industries including home, railway, automobile, hotel and hospital and other public spaces. Once available, nanoeX will be embedded within the Panasonic EXTERIOS XE ductless system, but abroad, nanoeX is used in applications from Japan’s railway system to hair dryers to automotive air conditioning units.
“We see a lot of potential use cases with nanoeX, many of which are already popular overseas,” said Flynn. “For example, in the hospitality industry, one of the most obvious causes of concern for staff and guests alike is unpleasant odors caused by cleaning agents, cigarette smoke and kitchens. Air quality can also be impacted by renovation work and the presence of mold, but nanoeX helps reduce odors and harmful pathogens within the air for a consistently pleasant environment.”
Also on display at Panasonic’s AHR Expo booth was its popular ECONAVI intelligent sensor technology. With ECONAVI, Panasonic is focused on the “three C’s:” comfort, controllability and cost, according to Flynn.
ECONAVI uses infrared sensors that detect occupancy and activity fluctuations in a given space, enabling efficient, automatic heating and cooling operation to match room conditions and occupancy levels. In other words, the sensor technology detects both activity and the absence of occupants, providing less heat during high levels of activity and greater heat when occupancy is lower. By adjusting temperature according to occupancy conditions, the system saves energy and reduces operating costs without sacrificing occupant comfort or convenience.
“Today, Panasonic customers can achieve clean, comfortable environments within their homes all while reducing overall costs,” Flynn said. “Tomorrow, the possibilities are endless.”