Friedrich launches FreshAire PTAC, new VRP dehumidification option

Friedrich offers just two capacity options that can deliver the lowest and highest capacity on the market. Photo credit: Friedrich. (Friedrich launches FreshAire PTAC, new VRP dehumidification option)

Friedrich launched the Friedrich FreshAire PTAC, which combines an energy-efficient inverter compressor with the ability to bring in conditioned make-up air. The new Friedrich unit also incorporates a MERV 8 filter for outdoor air, greatly reducing air particles, allergens and other air impurities brought into the space.

Friedrich FreshAire PTAC is a game-changer for being able to meet ASHRAE 62.1-2013 standards, which require bringing in a specific amount of outdoor air and providing MERV 8 filtration—something that in the past only could be achieved with much larger, more complex and expensive systems. Unlike other PTAC units on the market that ineffectively try to improve air quality with inferior secondary refrigeration systems that also increase energy consumption, Friedrich’s FreshAire PTAC makes it convenient for property owners to deliver outstanding room by room indoor air quality, easily and efficiently.
“FreshAire PTAC not only saves building owners money over the long run, but also greatly increases the comfort of occupants,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of marketing and product management, in a statement.

Easy to install and maintain, cost effective and simple to operate, Friedrich is the first large-scale air conditioning manufacturer to incorporate inverter compressor technology into a PTAC system. Due to Friedrich’s Precision Inverter compressor with variable speed technology, the units are designed to deliver only the amount of cooling or heating needed for the room at any given time, saving energy and money while maintaining even, consistent temperatures. Other benefits include improved dehumidification as compared to single speed PTACs. The inverter compressor also operates quietly by eliminating the abrupt starts and stops to ensure the ultimate comfort of guests and residents.
FreshAire PTAC with Precision Inverter compressor technology makes it simple for property owners to get what they need: Friedrich offers just two capacity options that can deliver the lowest and highest capacity on the market.
This year, Friedrich also unveils a new dehumidification option for VRP solving a major issue for property owners in high humidity regions, like the Gulf Coast, South and Midwest, where warm, moist air can cause significant maintenance issues and increase mold, unpleasant odors and allergens. 
By utilizing a hot-gas reheat circuit, the new VRP dehumidification option borrows energy that is wasted in a typical air conditioning cycle, and uses it to reheat the return air so the unit can continue to dehumidify longer. Combined with the exceptional make-up air capabilities and other indoor air quality advantages that come standard, VRP is a simple, flexible, easy to install and maintain in-closet solution that eliminates the need for costly and complicated large, specialized systems.