Johnson Controls introduces upgraded, more efficient and eco-friendly chillers

Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering energy efficiency for buildings, has introduced a new series of entry-level York air-cooled liquid chillers that are more energy efficient, easier to install, require less space and are friendlier to the environment. The new units can be integrated with building management systems for easier control and use eco-friendly refrigerant.


The new air-cooled chillers and air-to-water heat pump units, which have capacities of 25 to 150 kilowatts, have built-in features, are capable of integration with building management systems and are ducted – which means they can be located inside a building rather than limited to rooftops.


“These changes directly address a number of challenges faced by users of these solutions — large corporations, retailers, hotels and building owners,” said Neil Cameron, area general manager for Johnson Controls Systems and Service, South Africa. “Customers upgrading their HVAC equipment are mindful of the environment and also of the bottom line. We have designed this new series of chillers for ease of installation, better use of space, increased energy efficiency and better controls.


“The biggest advantage for customers is the optional built-in logic control. Being able to measure and finely manage HVAC equipment — which can account for up to 30 percent of energy bills — is perhaps one of the most essential requirements for organisations in terms of HVAC and facility management today,” he said.


Cameron added that utility costs continue to rise and legislation is likely to tighten over the next five years, making it vital that chillers be integrated into automated building management systems that ensure smart energy consumption.


The new models offer improved Eurovent Energy Efficiency Ratings (EER) that meet or surpass other products on the market. EER is a rating system used in Europe to determine the efficiency of chillers or air conditioners. Larger units also feature quieter operating levels.


Faster, less complex installation and a smaller footprint offer significant benefits to users and service providers supporting this equipment. Integrated features mean the new models need less space and are easier to service on site.


About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimise energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognised Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit

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