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Hitachi Air Conditioning launches energy and cost-efficient air365 Max solution

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe has launched the air365 Max, a new top-flow variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning system. The air365 Max is an end-to-end VRF solution that delivers seamless comfort, energy efficiency, and easy installation and maintenance for professionals, design consultants, and commercial building owners in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sector. 

The air365 Max series comes as standard with both heat pump and heat recovery built in, and is available in two models: the standard air365 Max and the high energy efficient air365 Max Pro. Both models are compatible with more than 64 Set Free indoor units, offering unbeatable versatility for all types of installation.

Tom Hall, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning country manager UK & IE, said: “HVAC industry manufacturers, distributors and installers have an important role in supporting the EU's journey towards a low-carbon future. Sustainability is at the heart of our business and year-round highly energy-efficient solutions, like air365 Max offer designers, installers, commercial building owners, and investors new ways to promote the adoption of low-carbon VRF systems in the building industry.”

The new air365 Max / Pro VRF recently picked up the award for ‘Air Conditioning Product of the Year’ at the recent ACR & Heat Pump Awards 2024, due to the innovation and efficiencies of the system and its versatility for many different applications.

SmoothDrive 2.0 technology delivers improved energy efficiency and seamless indoor comfort

Featuring Hitachi's innovative SmoothDrive 2.0 technology, the air365 Max and air365 Max Pro produce a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of up to 7.35 and 8.38 as well as a Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) of up to 4.76 and 5.19 respectively.

This best-in-class energy efficiency performance is made possible by superior control of the compressor speed and indoor unit expansion valves while other models in the market use the refrigerant evaporation temperature as an intermediate leverage on the thermal output. The ability to directly control the capacity even at low loads helps to reduce

SmoothDrive 2.0 enables air365 Max to operate at stable and precise temperatures that provides greater comfort for building occupants. When combined with other smart features such as Gentle Cool and Warm Feet, air365 Max addresses the issue of cold or hot air drafts and further improves the users’ comfort level.

airCloud Tap – HVAC app for professionals to save installation time and costs

The airCloud Tap is a new generation app launched in 2023 to help HVAC professionals install, read and change Hitachi equipment settings with ease on their smartphones and mobile devices. With the app, installers will have access to more than 200 setting parameters (ranging from basic to advanced) that will support them in optimising the equipment functions and operations.

Thanks to contactless near-field communication (NFC) technology, installers can now configure the equipment and customise its settings by 30% to 50% faster than before, saving both time and maintenance costs.

To maximise the operation of air365 Max, JCH offers additional solutions including:

  • CSNET Manager: An advanced central controller that monitors and controls up to 1,024 VRF indoor units, it allows local or remote control of all the installed units with the CSNET Manager Web App on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Advanced colour wired remote controller: A multiple award-winning intuitive wall controller with improved scheduling options to sync the equipment operations with the building’s business hours. It also displays the indoor unit’s energy consumption to help the building owners track and improve its energy consumption.
  • airCloud Pro: A cloud-based centralised controller that enables HVAC professionals and building managers to monitor and control the VRF system on the smartphone.

With Hitachi’s hardware and smart app features working in harmony, air365 Max is a complete VRF solution for HVAC professionals, mechanical and electrical engineers, and commercial building owners to save time and costs from design, installation to maintenance. 



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