Daikin are the good folks who invented the first air conditioning systems, so they say. And thank goodness they did. They are responsible for many of the “industry firsts” that have developed into the trusty units we still use today.
Daikin Industries was founded in 1924 in Japan by Akira Yamada to produce tubes for the radiators in aircraft. They began to research fluorine refrigerants in 1933 and began producing their own air conditioners for trains in 1936.
Daikin Australia was founded in 1969 as a water-cooled air conditioner retailer. In 1982, they began local production of their own air conditioners – Comfortzone and Ducted Fan Coil Units. In 2008, they moved to a new, energy efficient head office building.
Daikin’s split system air conditioners are the only systems to be both approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program and allowed to carry the blue butterfly symbol.
Daikin landmarks and innovations
1958: Created the industry’s first heat pump air conditioner.
1982: Created the industry’s first VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) system.
1997: Launched in Australia the air conditioners we are now familiar with – inverter split system wall air conditioners.
1999: The first Ururu Sarara is created, which is the world’s first split system air conditioner capable of controlling room humidity without using an external water source.
2002: They followed up their earlier success with an industry first: the inverter ducted air conditioner.
What’s on offer from Daikin air conditioning?
Daikin’s split system air conditioners at the time of writing include the following products:
- US7 Reverse Cycle Split System 2.4kW (Ururu Sarara 7): Australia’s most energy efficient split system in 2014 according to EnergyRating.gov.au. Boasts a 7-star ‘super efficiency’ rating, using R32 refrigerant. It is an upgrade on the original Daikin Ururu Sarara, which was the world’s first split system air conditioner capable of controlling room humidity, so the US7 can both humidify and dehumidify a room.
- Zena Reverse Cycle Split System 2.5kW: Built-in Wi-Fi connection means you can turn it on and off and change settings from your Android or Apple smartphone. Uses R32 refrigerant.
- Cora Reverse Cycle or Cooling-Only Split System 2kW: Wi-Fi connection means you can turn it on and off and change settings from your Android or Apple smartphone. Uses R32 refrigerant.
- L-Series Reverse Cycle or Cooling-Only Split System 2kW: Has a Titanium Apatite Photocatalytic air-purifying filter to remove bacteria, viruses, mould and odours from the air.
- Nexura Reverse Cycle Split System 2.5kW: Radiant heating mode can be used to warm air conditioner like a traditional radiator for quieter heating. Uses a titanium air-purifying filter.
- Floor Standing Reverse Cycle Split System 2.5kW: Uses energy-efficient Econo Mode to reduce maximum operating current and power consumption during start-up.