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September 19, 2016 Friedrich Goes Modular in Major Way with Vert-I-Pak Solution
 

San Antonio, TX (September 19, 2016) – While modular building and construction have boomed in recent years, the HVAC industry hasn’t always kept step with the needs of commercial modular builders. For sophisticated multi-level modular buildings such as hotels, senior care facilities and multi-family units, traditional HVAC solutions don’t necessarily align with the industry’s demands for efficient, simple and fast.

That’s rapidly changing thanks to Friedrich, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Friedrich is putting a major focus on delivering innovative and efficient HVAC solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of modular construction projects.

In particular, Friedrich’s Vert-I-Pak packaged units are increasingly popular with commercial modular builders that require a simple, efficient, self-contained, quiet and streamlined solution. Unlike split systems that involve multiple outdoor condensers, long duct runs and refrigerant lines, or chillers that lead to complicated piping and wiring, Vert-I-Pak provides modular builders with a compact, packaged profile that fits into a closet and can be incorporated into the overall modular manufacturing process. That turns setting the unit into a straightforward process–electrical, drainage and duct connections can be done by a single technician in minutes.

"It’s about as plug and play as you can get," said TJ Wheeler, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management. "Modular builders love it because it saves a tremendous amount of time, requires minimal labor, is completely out of sight and it reduces call-backs. Residents also love the comfort and convenience it offers because it’s quiet and efficient."

Vert-I-Pak right at home in high-end modular senior apartment project

High-end modular commercial projects that have turned to Friedrich’s Vert-I-Pak units include Magnolia by the Lake, a 125-unit senior-living modular apartment residence in Kegoo Harbor, Mich. Champion Commercial Structures, the modular builder responsible for the project, incorporates Friedrich’s Vert-I-Pak units right into its own manufacturing process. The units ship in place, saving installation time onsite and since Vert-I-Pak is out of sight, it doesn’t interfere with the beautiful architecture and design of the project.

"For Champion, Friedrich provided the upfront installation assistance and the back-end warranty support that will assure superior interior climate comfort for years to come," said Steve Snyder of Champion Commercial Structures.

Because modular building and efficiency also go hand-in-hand, the independent metering that Vert-I-Pak allows for is important for multi-tenant applications, eliminating the burden of prorating electric costs for heating and cooling. And unlike central systems, there’s less risk that an entire building becomes uninhabitable if the system needs to be repaired or replaced.

Friedrich Vert-I-Pak units also prove that power can come in a small package. Size varies based on capacity, but units as small as 23 inches wide and deep are available. Larger units, such as 1.5 ton sizes, are a minimum of 32 inches high and 2-ton units are just 47 inches high. AHRI-certified models are available with cooling capacities ranging from a nominal 9,000 BTU to 24,000 BTU. Electric heating is typically included.

"Innovative modular building projects require innovative solutions. Our Vert-I-Pak systems solve many of the challenges commercial modular builders face today while ensuring satisfied, happy tenants tomorrow," said Wheeler.


About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com


June 14, 2016 With Interest in Ductless Systems Rising, Friedrich Forecasts Major Changes in How Homeowners Beat the Heat This Summer
 

San Antonio, Texas (June 14, 2016) – Summer officially begins June 20, and this year, it also may mark a time when the U.S. love affair with central air conditioning starts to cool off.

According to Friedrich, a leading U.S. based air conditioning manufacturer, the hot trend for summer of 2016 is a rising consumer interest for more precise and efficient air conditioning. That includes a bigger demand for ductless air conditioning systems. Unlike central A/C, ductless systems work by cooling only the rooms in use, not those that aren’t. Because they offer the advantage of being extremely quiet, sleek and energy efficient, more homeowners are opting for ductless for its ability to cool rooms faster, maintain a more accurate temperature and reduce energy costs. Friedrich Ductless Systems also use inverter technology to better maintain desired temperature more effectively.

“The problem with central air conditioning is that it’s basically all or nothing,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management. “That’s inefficient for how most families live. Ductless systems allow homeowners to customize their cooling needs, focusing on certain rooms or zones of their home they use most and tailored to the comfort level of individual family members.”

Ductless systems come in a range of sizes and capacities. Friedrich offers ductless systems for as many as up to eight rooms on one system and homeowners can choose from single-zone cooling models, single-zone heat pumps that cool and heat, and multi-zone heat pumps that cool and heat multiple rooms. Options include wall mounted units, slim ceiling cassettes and concealed duct units. Costs for ductless systems are comparable to installing central air, but long-term saving potential is greater due to increased efficiency. Because there is no ductwork required, efficiency is also gained by not losing up to an estimated 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky, dirty ducts, also resulting in fresher air.

Ductless air conditioning systems work via a condensing unit with the compressor installed outside the home, and indoor units that contain a fan in the area to be cooled. Refrigerant lines connect the units through walls and electricity is supplied by the outdoor unit, so no additional wiring is needed in rooms where units are installed.

To gear up for the predicted growth and popularity of ductless systems, Friedrich has made an aggressive effort to conduct contractor trainings through the company’s Advantage program, and has trained over 1,000 contractors throughout the country on ductless system technology and installation methods this year.

START OF SUMMER 2016: KEEPING YOUR COOL TIPS SHEET FROM FRIEDRICH

No matter what your summer cooling solution, Friedrich offers six simple tips for how to help beat the heat this season:

  1. GET WITH THE PROGRAM
    Install a programmable thermostat. Setting higher temperatures for the hours when you’re not home can dramatically cut your costs. Set properly, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 per year.
  2. SAVE BY DEGREES
    Remember every degree matters. Raising the temperature on your thermostat by just 1 or 2 degrees can make a big impact on your cooling bills. You’ll save 5–7% on cooling costs for every degree above 72ºF that you set your thermostat.
  3. BLOCK IT OUT
    Close the shades and drapes. Keeping the sun out can reduce the temperature inside your home by several degrees.
  4. MAKE IT A BREEZE
    Use the unit’s fan settings wisely. When it’s humid, keep the unit’s fan running, even if the air conditioner is off. It will circulate the air and keep you more comfortable. Ceiling fans are also a big help, but remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Don’t waste energy running them if you’re not in the room.
  5. KEEP IT TIGHT
    Close any gaps or leaks. Don’t lose cold air to gaps around your window frames and doors. Caulk outside around windows and use weather-stripping indoors to seal in the cold air.
  6. PRACTICE SEASONAL CLEANING
    Regularly clean your filter. The official beginning of each season is a great time to set a reminder to check, clean and replace your filters if needed. This helps your unit perform optimally, which saves you money while keeping your home fresher.



About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com


May 04, 2016 In a New York State of Mind, Friedrich Introduces an Updated, More Stylish Air Conditioning Solution
 

San Antonio, Texas (May 4, 2016) – In New York and other east coast cities, many residents who live in historic buildings or high-rise apartments must contend with a hole in their lives: a 27-inch exterior wall opening sleeve that requires the right sized air conditioning unit, to be exact.

As the only through-the-wall air conditioner manufacturer to make a unit designed to fit perfectly into a 27-inch sleeve, Friedrich has rolled out some stylish updates for its popular WallMaster® series.

New WallMaster design features include adjustable louvers to help direct air where it is needed, a stylish, gently curved solid front that better blends with a home’s interior architecture and an updated control panel. Beloved by homeowners for its powerful, quiet and efficient operation, WallMaster is also safe and more secure, with EntryGard anti-intrusion protection, an added insect barrier and a prefixed gasket that seals itself for a perfect fit. It also can help save money; Friedrich offers ENERGY STAR® qualified models and all WallMaster units come with Friedrich’s exclusive Money Saver setting cycles.

“It’s amazingly powerful and looks great. But the biggest benefit is that it is essentially plug and play; no need for retrofitting or trim kits,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management. “WallMaster solves a major issue for a lot of homeowners looking for the right-sized air conditioning unit for their home.”

New York and other east coast homeowners have been dealing with troublesome sleeve openings for years. Friedrich experts say they’ve seen everything including desperate homeowners who try to fill the gap by stuffing things like socks and newspapers between ill-fitting units and sleeves. That’s due to the fact that no other manufacturer offers a perfectly sized 27” unit to solve these issues; most just sell trim kits and other less than ideal solutions to cover up the problem. The wrong sized unit can also be noisier and may allow pests and drafts to seep in. Friedrich is the only manufacturer to offer a perfect fit for the more than 2 million sleeves made by the now defunct Fedders company.

“Our WallMaster line is custom-designed for New York and east coast homeowners who specifically need help solving this issue in their home. We don’t simply retrofit or offer add on accessories to standard sized models; WallMaster is designed exclusively with these homeowners in mind,” said Wheeler.

Friedrich WallMaster products can be found at major local retailers and through qualified dealers and distributors in the region. For more information, visit www.friedrich.com

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


May 04, 2016 Experts Predict High Demand for Hottest Products in Cooling this Summer
 

With rising temperatures throughout the U.S., Friedrich offers more options than ever For homeowners to keep cool

San Antonio, Texas (May 4, 2016) – Perhaps no one tracks seasonal weather trends as closely as Friedrich, a leading U.S. air conditioning manufacturer with a 133-year history. With a long, hot summer predicted for much of the country this year, Friedrich experts say there’s no time like the present to get ready for the season and learn about the latest cooling innovations on the market.

“Depending on budget, needs and priorities, there are some great options available,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management. “Homeowners have more choices than ever when it comes to finding the right solution that may work best for them.”

Summer 2016 may be a warm one over much of the U.S. as a transition into La Nina conditions are expected according to a recent report released by The Weather Company's Professional Division. Depending on homeowners’ priorities for keeping cool this year, here’s a round-up of the latest products and technology options Friedrich predicts will be among the most popular for the coming season:

For the ultimate in flexibility: Friedrich Ductless Systems

An alternative for central air, ductless system technology has been around for years in places like Europe, but there is growing interest in the U.S.–and for good reason. That’s because unlike central air conditioning, ductless systems deliver room-by-room comfort where homeowners need it most, versus imprecise whole house cooling. They also are quiet, maintain a more consistent temperature setting and achieve some of the highest energy efficiencies in the industry.

And no more family battles over what temperature to set the main thermostat at, since family members can control the temperature in their personal space and adjust it to their own individual comfort level. Friedrich offers ductless systems for as many as up to eight rooms on one system. Homeowners are also realizing that they can be a highly effective solution for particular problem areas that are hard to keep cool.

“A lot of homeowners have that one room or area in the home where a ducted central AC unit simply doesn’t do the job–be it an attic or a bonus room,” said Wheeler. “Ductless systems are a great solution for those spaces.”

Friedrich offers cool only, as well as heat pump ductless systems, and options include wall mounted units, slim ceiling cassettes and concealed duct units. Realizing that U.S. adoption of ductless systems requires having more HVAC providers and contractors skilled at installation, Friedrich is making an aggressive effort to conduct in-person trainings through the company’s Advantage program, and its goal is to train more than 1,000 contractors throughout the country on ductless system technology this year.

For maximizing design appeal: Friedrich Kühl

Available for both residential and commercial, Friedrich Kühl very well may be the coolest-looking window air conditioner unit on the market today, given its design aesthetics that many owners may want to highlight rather than hide. It’s also a quiet, efficient and reliable powerhouse, with the largest Kühl unit producing up to 36,000 BTUs and ENERGY STAR® qualified models are available. Kühl’s sleek, state-of-the-art design can be accentuated with Friedrich’s custom color options that bring to mind stylish race cars versus room air conditioners, including deep red, sophisticated black, sky blue and even cheerful pink.

For the environmentally minded: Friedrich Chill and Uni-Fit with R32 technology

Friedrich is once again innovating the air cooling market with a variety of solutions that are not only energy efficient and meet 2016 ENERGY STAR-qualified standards, but also address other environmental issues. Friedrich is one of the first air conditioning manufacturers in the U.S. to use R32, a next generation refrigerant that doesn’t harm the ozone layer with both low Global Warming Potential (LGWP) and low Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP). Added benefits of R32 include increased efficiency and less refrigerant volume needed, meaning air conditioners with R32 are able to use even less power and chemical refrigerant to achieve the same cooling levels. For 2016, six models in Friedrich’s Chill line and five models in the Uni-Fit line will use R32 technology.

For those who need a perfect fit: Friedrich WallMaster

Many residents who live in historic buildings or high-rise apartments must contend with a hole in their lives: a 27-inch exterior wall opening sleeve that requires the right sized air conditioning unit, to be exact.

For almost 30 years, Friedrich is the only wall air conditioner manufacturer that makes a 27-inch WallMaster unit designed to fit perfectly in a 27-inch sleeve. WallMaster offers updated, stylish design features including adjustable louvers to help direct air where it is needed, and delivers powerful, quiet and efficient operation. It’s also safer and more secure, with EntryGard anti-intrusion protection and an added insect barrier.

“It’s amazingly powerful and looks great. But the biggest benefit is that it is essentially plug and play; no need for retrofitting or trim kits,” said Wheeler. “WallMaster solves a major issue for a lot of homeowners looking for the right sized air conditioning unit for their home.”

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


May 04, 2016 Friedrich Introduces First Room Air Conditioners with Zero Ozone Depletion and Lowest Global Warming Potential to U.S. Market
 

San Antonio, Texas (May 4, 2016) – This summer, Friedrich, a leading air conditioning manufacturer, is making it easier than ever to keep cool all while combating climate change.

The company is the first in the U.S. to unveil room air conditioners for residential and light commercial customers that utilize a more environmentally sustainable refrigerant called R32. Benefits of R32 include significantly reduced global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP). R32 also helps increase energy efficiency.

Six window room air conditioner models in Friedrich’s Chill® line and five through-the-wall air conditioner models in Friedrich’s Uni-Fit® line using R32 are now available, and meet the most recent ENERGY STAR-qualified standards.

Friedrich is ahead of the curve in the use of R32 as today, most room air conditioners use a refrigerant known at R410A, a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC). R32 has just one-third of the GWP of R410A. Other advantages include higher operating efficiencies, meaning units that use R32 refrigerant consume less power as compared to similar units with R410A. Also, units utilizing R32 require significantly less refrigerant volume in the system, reducing the total amount of refrigerant needed–another strong environmental advantage.

While new to the U.S., globally, R32 has been used for more than ten years in countries throughout Europe and other parts of the world. It is estimated that more than ten million air conditioners using R32 have been sold to date. In preparing for greater adoption, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have created a new subclass to technically classify the very low degree of flammability risk associated with the use of R32 in air conditioning applications.

Known for innovation and rigorous testing, including an extensive onsite lab facility where product research, performance, stress and safety measurements are done, Friedrich has conducted additional R32 tests for the last few years and is confident that the U.S. market is ready for a more sustainable solution.

“This is a major advancement when it comes to offering a more energy-efficient, environmentally responsible air conditioning choice,” said TJ Wheeler, VP Marketing and Product Management for Friedrich. “We are excited to be able to give customers a great option that also delivers exceptional performance.”

Friedrich products, including Chill and Uni-Fit lines, can be purchased via qualified dealers and distributors throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.friedrich.com

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


January 22, 2016 Friedrich Air Conditioning’s new Hazardgard meets rigorous international standards Experts discuss product on January 25-27 at AHR booth #4710
 

San Antonio, Texas (January 22, 2016) – Friedrich Air Conditioning, a leading manufacturer of specialty air conditioning products, has expanded their premier line of hazardous-duty, room air conditioners to include ATEX / IECEx certified models for international customers. The new ATEX / IECEx certified Hazardgard models hit the market just in time for the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida. Attendees who are interested in learning more about these new products are invited to visit Friedrich AHR booth #4710.

Hazardgard is Friedrich’s line of room air conditioners specifically designed to cool spaces where volatile, flammable liquids and gases are used, within enclosed systems or containers, or under extreme temperatures.

“For more than three decades, global industry and high-tech leaders have trusted Hazardgard to provide commercial-grade cooling under the harshest conditions. You’ll find durable, reliable Hazardgard room air conditioners on oil rigs and military bases, in manufacturing companies and processing plants – anywhere hazardous materials are used,” said Wink Chapman, Vice President of Sales for Friedrich.

Now Friedrich is expanding the Hazardgard product line to include ATEX / IECEx certified models. These new models are designed with the same rugged features and long- lasting performance as before; however, they have been re-engineered to meet the most stringent international standards for hazardous locations.

“The increasing international need for safe and reliable air conditioning has driven demand for this durable and rugged product,” stated Chapman. These new certifications provide customers around the world with a cost effective solution to their indoor environmental and safety requirements. With a hermetically sealed compressor and a hot-gas bypass valve, the Hazardgard can safely operate in low and high ambient conditions between 45°F and 130°F. Additionally, the corrosion-resistant coating provides protection against harsh environmental conditions (tested to 6,048 salt-spray hours) while maintaining efficient energy utilization.

“This is just something we can do to help our partners in the manufacturing, chemical, and energy industries keep their employees safe while meeting their budget requirements,” added Chapman.

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


January 21, 2016 Friedrich Air Conditioning optimizes Ductless Split Systems and Advantage Program New product viewing on January 25-27 at AHR booth #4710
 

San Antonio, Texas (January 21, 2016) – Friedrich Air Conditioning, the San Antonio manufacturer of room air conditioners, will exhibit its enhanced Ductless Split Systems, DSS, at the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando. Members of the media are invited to visit Friedrich booth #4710 to view DSS units and learn more about these products.

AHR attendees will have the opportunity to see the following models on January 25-27:
  • 48K J series indoor/outdoor with optimal performance and increased energy efficiency
  • Value-priced floating air indoor/outdoor
  • Indoor ceiling cassette and concealed duct


“Friedrich looks forward to unveiling some exciting new DSS models at this year’s AHR show. Distributors and contractors will appreciate the flexibility, value, and time-saving convenience they will receive from this efficient line of products,” said TJ Wheeler, Vice President for Product Management for Friedrich.

One major improvement in Friedrich DSS includes the addition of four zones, making a total of eight zones that can be independently controlled by a single outdoor unit. The system has the option of cooling or heating only the zones that are being used with variable comfort settings per zone. Customers have a variety of models to choose from depending on their particular residential or light commercial needs. The Friedrich ductless line for cooling and heating is made up of a variety of Energy Star® models available in single and multi-zone configurations with SEERS up to 25.0.

Benefits of Friedrich Ductless Split Systems include:
  • Inverter technology offers flexible zone cooling
  • Zero ductwork so no duct loss, which saves energy and money
  • Optimized airflow so air moves at higher speed for fast cooling and heating
  • Twin-rotary compressor with high efficiency and quiet operation
  • Auto-clean feature • Convenient installation saves time
  • Flexible settings with wired and wireless controllers
  • Wireless diagnostic tool for Friedrich Precision Inverter ™ wall- mounted DSS


Top industry professionals committed to the sale, installation, and support of Friedrich DSS may be considered to participate in Friedrich’s Advantage Program which offers:
  • Exclusive one-year labor warranty • New ten-year parts and compressor warranty
  • Technical and sales training with certification
  • Program website access
  • Dedicated tech support hotline
  • Online warranty registration
  • System rewards
  • Friedrich.com dealer listing
  • Lead referrals
  • Marketing/advertising support


“Friedrich’s Advantage Program effectively aligns with approved Advantage Dealers to assure their success and profitability when selling and installing Friedrich ductless systems. The program combines components that will help grow top approved Advantage Dealers through training, technical support, and promotions, while improving profits via a one-year labor warranty, ten-year parts and compressor warranty, and rewards dollars earned on every ductless unit registered,” states Brian Komorek, Director of Sales/Commercial Division. About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


January 13, 2016 Friedrich Air Conditioning announces new alliance in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to benefit customers
 

San Antonio, Texas (January 13, 2016) – Friedrich Air Conditioning, the San Antonio manufacturer of room air conditioners, announces a new partnership with United Components, Inc., the northeast–based multi-salesperson HVACR agency.

“We are excited to partner with United Components,” said David Benjamin, Northeast Zone Manager for Friedrich. “We believe this partnership will provide additional support for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. United Components expertise and coverage will be a major asset for existing and new Friedrich customers.”

“Friedrich’s focus on commercial-grade quality and commitment to service made the company a natural fit for us,” stated Steve Mironenko Jr., Sales Manager with United Components, Inc. “We’re proud to offer Friedrich’s extensive assortment of HVAC products to our line-up. We are also excited about growing Friedrich’s ductless business and feel that Friedrich is 100% committed to supporting our growth.”

United Components, Inc. is an HVACR sales agency covering 15 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Headquartered in Midland Park, New Jersey, the company consists of 21 outside sales people and seven customer support/inside sales people. United Components, Inc. provides pull through sales from contractors to its wholesaler partners and specializes in sales training, new product introductions, merchandising, and contractor sales calls.

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


May 20, 2015 Historic theater gets a cool start to summer season with Friedrich Air Conditioning donation
 

San Antonio, Texas (May 20, 2015) – Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre Company will finally be playing it cool this summer. Friedrich, the San Antonio manufacturer of room air conditioners, announces its donation of two Ductless Split Systems to the organization. The AC units are being installed at Jackalope’s theater within Broadway Armory Park located at 5917 North Broadway Avenue.

The theater company brings to life the American spirit by only staging productions of newly developed and established American works. The plays inspire their audience by encouraging theater goers to consider what it means to be American with its sharing of stories of diverse cultural backgrounds. A new generation of local theatre artists can partake in classes and community events.

“People loved our shows, but did not enjoy sitting through two hours in a non-air conditioned theater. This new system will allow our patrons and actors to experience our theater comfortably year-round,” said Nate Silver, managing director of the Jackalope Theatre Company.

Benefits of the Friedrich ductless line include:

  • Precision inverter technology which allows quieter cooling
  • Desired temperatures are reached more quickly. More energy efficient than traditional air conditioners
  • Maintains a much tighter temperature range to improve overall comfort
  • Easy installation where ductwork is undesirable or impractical


“We are pleased to make this donation to add to the comfort level of such a worthwhile organization that is focused on making its community a better place for both youth and adults as well as offering them an avenue to express creativity and engage in performances,” said Wink Chapman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Friedrich Air Conditioning. “For decades, the people of Chicago have supported our company by choosing our products to cool their homes and businesses efficiently. This new system will allow patrons and actors to experience theater comfortably year-round in the historic venue.”

Built in the 1916, the structure now known as Broadway Armory Park was originally Winter Garden Ice Skating Rink. By the end of World War I, the structure was modified for use as an armory operated by the National Guard for drilling and training. In 1998, it was purchased by the Chicago Park District, making it the park district’s largest indoor recreational facility. With the help of city officials, Edgewater residents, and donors, Jackalope turned an unused military garage within the Park into a 60-seat theater.

Jackalope is the brainchild of three senior directing majors at Columbia College in Chicago. As part of a class project, they created a fictional theatrical production company. That dream became a reality in 2008, and Jackalope is now in its seventh season.

Based in the Edgewater neighborhood, Jackalope’s series of late night programming including comedy, concerts, and in-process play readings provides a safe space for residents. “This promotion of positive loitering after dark is something we will expand in the coming months with plans to increase the number of late night shows and to continue our prime-time programming in our theater within Broadway Armory Park,” added Silver. Every year Jackalope performs three full length plays and a one-act festival of new plays. The theater company is the recipient of the 2015 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award as well as four nominations for the 2014-15 non-equity Jeff Awards, which celebrate excellence in Chicago theater. Since 2008, Jackalope has produced 18 shows including 11 world premieres and served an audience of more than 12,000 as well as collaborating with over 300 artists.

About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be Friedrich. For more information, please visit www.friedrich.com.


April 17, 2014 Friedrich Air Conditioning unveils one of the most technically advanced HVAC labs in North America
 

San Antonio, Texas (April 17, 2014) – Friedrich, the San Antonio manufacturer of room air conditioners, announces the opening of its multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Design and Development Center (DDC) located at 957 Isom Road in San Antonio. The HVAC laboratory’s grand opening was held on April 8 with over 70 people in attendance. Guests had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Friedrich’s product testing facility, which includes product performance testing, energy efficiency analysis, sound measurement, reliability and product safety testing, and application testing at specified environmental conditions.

The DDC is one of the most technically advanced HVAC labs in North America and features:

  • Calorimeter Test Chambers for analyzing energy consumption and heating /cooling output
  • Psychrometric Chamber to test unit performance and efficiency using air flow and moist air properties
  • Hemi-Anechoic Acoustics Chamber where sound tests are conducted in a free-field environment
  • Life Test Chamber to test units in a highly accelerated manner to verify the products’ expected life span
  • Rain Test Room to create an outdoor environment for electrical safety and durability
  • Electrical and electronic testing lab
  • Calibration and Metrology lab
  • Model and Machine Shop
  • Application Test Room to test units in real world applications and environments
  • Training and Demonstration Room for internal and customer training


“The Design and Development Center allows us to provide added benefits to our customers. Not only is it used to develop new product designs which are more durable and reliable but will also give Friedrich the ability to get products to market faster,” said Wink Chapman, vice president sales and marketing.

Attendees included San Antonio District Manager Russell Sosa from State Senator Donna Campbell’s office, San Antonio District Director Naomi Miller of State Speaker Joe Straus’ office, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) trade association leaders President Joe McGuire along with Vice President of Technical Operations and Standards, Wayne Morris from Washington, D.C., San Antonio Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, Friedrich partners, suppliers, employees, and customers.

The DDC provides certification testing in accordance to:

  • ASHRAE Standards
  • AHAM Standards
  • AHRI Standards
  • ANSI Standards
  • UL Safety Standards
  • UL CDTP Requirements
  • DOE and Energy Star Standards
  • ISTA Standards


About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. If you demand the best, it has to be a Friedrich.


 
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