Mitsubishi Electric’s Ultra Quiet Ecodan PUHZ-AA air source heat pump (ASHP) range has been presented the prestigious international Red Dot Award for Product Design, an award that recognises the highest levels of design quality.
The Ecodan units are designed to provide homes with reliable, trouble free renewable heating and hot water. The design of the new Ultra Quiet unit is highly compact, and the colour combination of white and anthracite exudes a simple yet elegant appeal, with the dark colour of the fan section underlining its unobtrusive design.
The Red Dot Award is judged by an international jury of nearly 40 experts, who said that, “the design of this air-to-water outdoor unit has been thought out to the last detail. Its unobtrusive appearance easily blends into different types of buildings”.
The new design is not just about aesthetics though as every element of the unit is carefully manufactured to increase energy efficiency and decrease noise.
Heat pump noise levels are going to become increasingly important as we move away from traditional gas and oil heating towards the low carbon, renewable heating that the country needs.
Ultra Quiet Ecodan is designed specifically for the UK market and meets Permitted Development increasing the flexibility of where the ASHP can be installed.
The units are available in 8.5kW and 11.2kW sizes with sound levels that are three times quieter than previous models.
“These awards highlight the heart of Mitsubishi Electric’s product development process where design and functionality are married to excellent quality products,” said Sharon Oliver, marketing manager.
The judging criteria for the Red Dot Award includes; product functionality, degree of innovation, formal quality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility.