Daikin Central AC and Heat Pumps
By Gary Sprague
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Daikin Industries Ltd., established in 1924, is involved in several lines of business, including residential, light commercial and packaged air conditioners and heat pumps. Air-conditioning today makes up roughly 85 percent of the company's business, and in 2013 that segment earned the company net sales of approximately $10.3 million USD. Daikin AC has U.S. headquarters in New York.
Daikin was founded in Japan in 1924 and began producing packaged air conditioners in 1951. The company began marketing residential air conditioning systems in 1958 and heat pumps in 1969. Daikin America Inc. was established in 1991. In 2005, the company added Daikin Holdings (USA) Inc. and the sales company Daikin AC (Americas) Inc. to its list of holdings. In August 2012, Daikin acquired Goodman Global Group Inc.
Daikin's residential air conditioners are ductless units with an outdoor condensing unit joined to multiple indoor units. Ductless central air can be a good choice in homes that are being retrofitted for central air but do not have traditional ductwork installed. Residential models include split systems such as the KE, LV and Quaternity series; the Inverter Ducted central system; and the commercial-grade SkyAir.
Daikin Industries says in its 2012 Annual Report that the company's goal is to offer air-conditioning systems that "help prevent global warming and contribute to the resolution of energy shortages." To that end, the company has produced energy-saving units since the introduction of its first compact room air conditioner with a swing compressor specially designed to save energy in 1995. Since that time, the company has introduced additional energy-saving options. It also has taken steps to make its manufacturing processes environmentally friendly, through ISO 14001 certification for its production facilities. In 2010, the company's European branch provided research on constructing a net-zero energy office building.
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While Daikin's Annual Report indicates that the company maintains a sizeable reserve to manage warranties, they do not market their residential or commercial air conditioners on the basis of the strength of their warranty. Warranties range from one to seven years, based on the specific systems and parts. The extended warranty provides coverage from five to ten years. On the commercial and industrial side, Daikin markets a networked maintenance system that automatically reports problems for companies with a maintenance contract.