Premium series air conditioners: what is the difference from ordinary analogues and how to choose the best option
Author Artur Tarasov

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  • 5 impor­tant dif­fer­ences between pre­mi­um mod­els
  • Fea­tures of pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers
  • What brands are engaged in the pro­duc­tion of pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers
  • Split sys­tem Daikin FTXG Emu­ra
  • Series of pre­mi­um Mit­subishi Elec­tric Pre­mi­um Invert­er air con­di­tion­ers
  • Fujit­su PREMIER air con­di­tion­ers
  • Split sys­tem Toshi­ba Daiseikai‑8
  • Invert­er air con­di­tion­ers Hitachi S‑Premium
  • What to look for when buy­ing an air con­di­tion­er

Air con­di­tion­ers have long ceased to be treat­ed as a kind of lux­u­ry item. This equip­ment has become very famil­iar in every­day life, and today it is used almost every­where. How­ev­er, among the huge vari­ety of avail­able split sys­tems and mobile devices, there are tru­ly exclu­sive mod­els of cli­mate tech­nol­o­gy that dif­fer from stan­dard air con­di­tion­ers in a num­ber of impor­tant advan­tages: unique design, func­tion­al­i­ty, low noise lev­el and oth­er fea­tures that make the oper­a­tion of cli­mate tech­nol­o­gy as sim­ple as pos­si­ble, com­fort­able and enjoy­able. Below we will talk about how pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers dif­fer from sim­i­lar mod­els in the mid­dle price seg­ment, and also talk about what the flag­ship mod­els of the most famous brands are like.

5 important differences between premium models

Top air con­di­tion­ers are dif­fi­cult to con­fuse with bud­get coun­ter­parts. They stand out against the gen­er­al back­ground by the pres­ence of a num­ber of very inter­est­ing and use­ful advan­tages.

1. Famous brand

Every year, an increas­ing num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers appear on the cli­mate tech­nol­o­gy mar­ket, ready to meet the needs of con­sumers with dif­fer­ent bud­gets. Some of the brands are quite promis­ing and deserve spe­cial atten­tion, but many con­sumers still pre­fer already well-known brands that have proven them­selves on the pos­i­tive side.

2. Durability

This fea­ture is due to sev­er­al fac­tors. First­ly, only the best mate­ri­als are used in the pro­duc­tion of pre­mi­um mod­els. Sec­ond­ly, fac­to­ries guar­an­tee strict qual­i­ty con­trol at all stages of the pro­duc­tion of pre­mi­um devices. Third­ly: top mod­els are nec­es­sar­i­ly equipped with self-diag­nos­tic sys­tems, which allows you to time­ly fix any prob­lems, there­by extend­ing the use­ful life of the device.

3. Economy

Elite con­di­tion­ers are made tak­ing into account all mod­ern require­ments and stan­dards in the field of resource sav­ing. Such devices con­sume sig­nif­i­cant­ly less elec­tric­i­ty than their bud­get coun­ter­parts.

4. Functionality

When cre­at­ing pre­mi­um series, com­pa­nies use the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ments and do not spare mon­ey to intro­duce their own inno­va­tions. Thanks to this, mod­els with hypoal­ler­genic fil­ters, inde­pen­dent air lou­vre sys­tems and sen­sors that ana­lyze the para­me­ters of the sur­round­ing space to select the opti­mal oper­at­ing mode appear on the mar­ket.

5. Exquisite design

Emi­nent design­ers are often involved in the devel­op­ment of pre­mi­um series. The author’s con­cept helps to turn an ordi­nary split sys­tem or a mobile air con­di­tion­er into a real work of art. How­ev­er, even if you fail to choose a mod­el from a lim­it­ed design series, the appear­ance of pre­mi­um seg­ment devices will still remain attrac­tive enough to eas­i­ly fit the pur­chased cli­mate equip­ment into any mod­ern and styl­ish inte­ri­or.

6. Reduced noise level

The use of high-qual­i­ty com­po­nents and well-estab­lished tech­no­log­i­cal solu­tions can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce the num­ber of deci­bels dur­ing the oper­a­tion of cas­sette, wall-mount­ed and even floor-stand­ing devices. Many of them are rec­om­mend­ed for instal­la­tion in bed­rooms and chil­dren’s rooms, where silence is extreme­ly impor­tant. Pre­mi­um series air con­di­tion­ers often oper­ate at 20–25 dB. This is a very low noise lev­el that is bare­ly audi­ble to the human ear. For com­par­i­son, the rus­tle of leaves out­side the win­dow is 15 dB, and a whis­per at a dis­tance of 1 meter is 20 dB.

Features of premium air conditioners

We have already men­tioned in pass­ing that top-end cli­mate con­trol equip­ment dif­fers from stan­dard mod­els by an abun­dance of use­ful options. Now let’s talk about this in more detail and tell you what spe­cif­ic fea­tures you can find in pre­mi­um split sys­tems and mobile air con­di­tion­ers.

The first thing to high­light is thor­ough air purifi­ca­tion. In pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers, as a rule, sev­er­al fil­tra­tion sys­tems are installed. Some mod­els even offer the pos­si­bil­i­ty of air ion­iza­tion and its purifi­ca­tion from aller­gens.

Pre­mi­um series air con­di­tion­ers are also dis­tin­guished by a wide range of pro­tec­tive func­tions. Thanks to this, the devices tol­er­ate pow­er surges well and are not afraid of pol­lut­ed and gassed air. They can work for sev­er­al days or weeks with­out requir­ing user inter­ven­tion.

Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth men­tion­ing the addi­tion­al options of flag­ship mod­els. Of course, the func­tions dif­fer from series to series, but all man­u­fac­tur­ers strive to devel­op a solu­tion that would sat­is­fy the user’s needs to the max­i­mum and pro­vide sim­plic­i­ty, ease of use. That is why the top mod­els of cli­mate tech­nol­o­gy are often equipped with frost pro­tec­tion, a self-diag­no­sis option, the abil­i­ty to auto­mat­i­cal­ly cor­rect the direc­tion of cooled or heat­ed air flows, the func­tion of set­ting a sched­ule for sev­er­al days in advance, and oth­er use­ful fea­tures.

What brands are engaged in the production of premium air conditioners

The HVAC mar­ket is very diverse. In Rus­sia, it is rep­re­sent­ed main­ly by mod­els of Japan­ese and Chi­nese pro­duc­tion. Find­ing an air con­di­tion­er of Euro­pean and espe­cial­ly Amer­i­can brands is some­times dif­fi­cult. At the same time, some of the com­pa­nies are focused on only one seg­ment of con­sumers. How­ev­er, more and more often, enter­pris­es are striv­ing to cov­er as many mar­ket nich­es as pos­si­ble, and there­fore offer mod­els of dif­fer­ent class­es: from very bud­get to flag­ship pre­mi­um ones.

You can choose a good cli­mate tech­nol­o­gy that meets the high­est stan­dards from the range of the fol­low­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers.

  1. Daikin.
  2. Mit­subishi Elec­tric.
  3. Mit­subishi Heavy.
  4. Fujit­su.
  5. Toshi­ba.
  6. Hitachi Ltd.

All these brands have almost a cen­tu­ry of his­to­ry of for­ma­tion and devel­op­ment, they have a high lev­el of trust among con­sumers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. As a rule, com­pa­nies have sev­er­al sep­a­rate pro­duc­tions and even a num­ber of inde­pen­dent trade names, seg­ment­ing the assort­ment into pre­mi­um devices and ordi­nary mass mar­ket mod­els. For exam­ple, Daikin has fac­to­ries in Malaysia, Turkey, the Czech Repub­lic and Bel­gium. On the ter­ri­to­ry of the first two states from this list, econ­o­my-class equip­ment is pro­duced. But the pro­duc­tion of Daikin pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers is con­cen­trat­ed in the Czech Repub­lic and Bel­gium. There­fore, when choos­ing cli­mate equip­ment, you need to focus not only on the brand name, but also on the place of assem­bly of a par­tic­u­lar mod­el, as well as on a num­ber of oth­er impor­tant tech­ni­cal fea­tures, which we will dis­cuss at the end of this arti­cle. In the mean­time, we sug­gest that you famil­iar­ize your­self with the fea­tures of pre­mi­um mod­els from dif­fer­ent brands.

Split system Daikin FTXG Emura

Emu­ra pre­mi­um series air con­di­tion­ers per­fect­ly com­bine inno­va­tion and beau­ti­ful design. This line includes invert­er split sys­tems, which are high­ly ener­gy effi­cient. Com­pared to ana­logues, they con­sume 30% less elec­tric­i­ty. The sea­son­al ener­gy effi­cien­cy class (SEER) cor­re­sponds to cat­e­go­ry A+++.

The Daikin Emu­ra Pre­mi­um Air Con­di­tion­er is avail­able in two fin­ish­es: pure white and sil­ver pan­el. The case with smooth and thin lines in the inte­ri­or looks like a holis­tic design ele­ment. The styl­ish Daikin Emu­ra comes with an equal­ly aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing remote con­trol with glass but­tons and a glass dis­play.

The air con­di­tion­er uses fre­on R‑32. This refrig­er­ant is con­sid­ered one of the most ozone friend­ly and ener­gy effi­cient. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion of the air con­di­tion­er, the noise lev­el does not exceed 19 dB, and the dual-zone Intel­li­gent Eye sen­sor deter­mines where peo­ple are locat­ed in the room and directs the flow of cold air away from them. The sys­tem pro­vides for sev­er­al stages of air purifi­ca­tion. There is also an anti-aller­gic fil­ter con­tain­ing sil­ver ions.

Daikin FTXG20LW / RXG20L
160 900rub

Series of premium Mitsubishi Electric Premium Inverter air conditioners

The mod­els pre­sent­ed in this line are dis­tin­guished by a styl­ish lacon­ic design and an unusu­al col­or palette, which includes sil­ver, jet black and rich red. The out­er pan­el has a pleas­ant met­al tex­ture, empha­siz­ing the moder­ni­ty of the look and its spe­cial charis­ma.

Air con­di­tion­ers of the Pre­mier Invert­er series have the fol­low­ing set of inter­est­ing fea­tures:

  • plas­ma air purifi­ca­tion;
  • sys­tem of inde­pen­dent air shut­ters for com­fort­able heat exchange;
  • 3D I‑SEE to pro­tect peo­ple in the room from cold streams;
  • built-in WiFi.

The inter­nal com­po­nents of the Mit­subishi Elec­tric Pre­mier Invert­er have a spe­cial Hybrid Dual Bar­ri­er Coat­ing. It pro­tects against the appear­ance of unpleas­ant odors, and also allows the com­po­nents of the device to remain clean for as long as pos­si­ble.

Mit­subishi Elec­tric MSZ-LN25VGR / MUZ-LN25VG

Fujitsu PREMIER air conditioners

In the range of house­hold split sys­tems, this mod­el stands out for its envi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness, econ­o­my and func­tion­al­i­ty. It is rec­om­mend­ed even for instal­la­tion in chil­dren’s rooms, as it remains com­plete­ly silent dur­ing oper­a­tion. The Fujit­su PREMIER air con­di­tion­er runs on ener­gy-effi­cient and ozone-friend­ly R32 refrig­er­ant, and in terms of resource con­sump­tion it belongs to the A +++ class. Fujit­su’s devel­op­ers have achieved high ener­gy effi­cien­cy through the use of a fan with an increased diam­e­ter, a Human Sen­sor and a high-den­si­ty hybrid heat exchang­er. Among oth­er fea­tures of the series, one can sin­gle out the orig­i­nal design, which was award­ed the pres­ti­gious Good Design Award.

140 850rub

Split system Toshiba Daiseikai‑8

Toshi­ba pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­ers com­bine max­i­mum effi­cien­cy, styl­ish appear­ance and per­fect air purifi­ca­tion. Con­t­a­m­i­nants enter­ing the fil­tra­tion sys­tem are destroyed by a plas­ma ion­iz­er, and neg­a­tive­ly charged ions bind dust, aller­gens and bac­te­ria.

Devices of the Daiseikai‑8 series are the first among house­hold split sys­tems to receive the func­tion of a week­ly timer. The tem­per­a­ture regime and oth­er para­me­ters can be pro­grammed for 7 days in advance. As befits a pre­mi­um air con­di­tion­er, the Daiseikai‑8 has a low noise lev­el. In night mode, it does not exceed 20 dB.

Inverter air conditioners Hitachi S‑Premium

Due to the inclu­sion of a rotary com­pres­sor in the design, these split sys­tems oper­ate almost silent­ly. Due to the use of invert­er tech­nol­o­gy, tem­per­a­ture switch­ing and air sup­ply occur as smooth­ly as pos­si­ble. In addi­tion, built-in sen­sors allow the air con­di­tion­er to track the move­ment of peo­ple, and based on the data received, pro­vide max­i­mum com­fort in the room. S‑Premium mod­els also have a con­ve­nient stand­by heat­ing func­tion. With its help, the air con­di­tion­er will main­tain a sta­ble +10 degrees in a coun­try house or apart­ment, even when the ther­mome­ter drops to ‑20 out­side the win­dow. This will pro­tect liv­ing rooms from freez­ing and help save on full heat­ing.

Hitachi RAK-18PSB / RAC-18WSB
98 700rub

What to look for when buying an air conditioner

Most buy­ers are accus­tomed to focus pri­mar­i­ly on the price of house­hold appli­ances. As a rule, only after deter­min­ing the bound­aries of the opti­mal bud­get does the com­par­i­son of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of dif­fer­ent mod­els that fit into its frame­work begin. So that this stage does not cause severe dif­fi­cul­ties, you can use a short check­list of those cri­te­ria that you need to pay atten­tion to in the first place.

  1. Ener­gy effi­cien­cy. The high­er it is, the less you have to pay for elec­tric­i­ty, with­out los­ing the pow­er of the device. Ener­gy effi­cien­cy class­es have their own sym­bol. Pre­mi­um mod­els gen­er­al­ly meet A++ and A+++ cri­te­ria.
  2. Pow­er. It is cal­cu­lat­ed indi­vid­u­al­ly depend­ing on the area of ​​the ser­viced premis­es and the total amount of heat ener­gy com­ing from dif­fer­ent sources.
  3. Noise lev­el. The low­er it is, the bet­ter. For bed­rooms and chil­dren’s rooms, the ide­al thresh­old is 19–22 acoustic deci­bels (dBa).
  4. Degree of fil­tra­tion. Advanced mod­els are able to boast a mul­ti-stage air purifi­ca­tion sys­tem, which can addi­tion­al­ly be ion­ized and dis­in­fect­ed.
  5. Pos­si­bil­i­ty of auto­mat­ic oper­a­tion. If the air con­di­tion­er can inde­pen­dent­ly main­tain the desired tem­per­a­ture or is able to turn on / off accord­ing to the time set­tings, then this will allow you to save on elec­tric­i­ty, and the oper­a­tion process itself will become much eas­i­er.

In addi­tion to these 5 key para­me­ters, there are a num­ber of oth­er cri­te­ria, the sig­nif­i­cance of which is deter­mined on an indi­vid­ual basis. Such a char­ac­ter­is­tic is, for exam­ple, design. In most cas­es, con­sumers still take into account the appear­ance of the air con­di­tion­er, but for some this para­me­ter is almost irrel­e­vant and can go to the back­ground, or even to the third plan.

If you are at a loss with the selec­tion of cli­mate con­trol equip­ment, con­tact iClim employ­ees for help. Since 2008, the com­pa­ny has been sup­ply­ing air con­di­tion­ers and oth­er equip­ment, design­ing and main­tain­ing engi­neer­ing sys­tems. Over the years of prac­tice, quite a lot of expe­ri­ence has been accu­mu­lat­ed, which allows us to accu­rate­ly guess the needs of the client and select the best tech­ni­cal solu­tions for them.

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