Mitsubishi Electric’s range of Mr Slim heat pump air curtains has now demonstrated the energy saving criteria needed to be included on the Government’s Energy Technology List (ETL).  This enables companies using the air curtains to offset the capital costs against the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme – a key part of the Government’s programme to manage climate change.
The incentive provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meets published energy-saving criteria. It allows a business to write off the entire cost of any green technology included on the list against taxable profits.
The ECA-listed models offer several innovative improvements over traditional air curtains, including the addition of Thermoscreens’ Ecopower Air Technology, which enhances the air velocity projection and uniformity and the energy effectiveness/savings – delivered through an air plenum, converging nozzle and active cellular grille.
“Buildings with a busy entrance will immediately benefit from an air curtain as they lower energy usage by reducing the amount of heating that is lost through the open door,” explains Sebastien Desmottes, Product Marketing Manager for Mitsubishi Electric.  “Now, they can also benefit from one of the most advance products on the market and offset the capital costs against their annual tax bill.”
The air curtain is available on both the Mr Slim and City Multi ranges as either a recessed or free-standing unit and comes in standard lengths of 1m, 1.5m or 2m, to make the product suitable for almost any front door.
Air curtains are ideal for any frequently used commercial entrance, including high street stores, shopping centres, hospitals, hotels, banks, factories, warehouses, pubs and clubs, restaurants and airports. The range of heat pump air curtains has been developed by Mitsubishi Electric in conjunction with air curtain manufacturer Thermoscreens, to offer even greater energy and carbon savings, easier installation, servicing and maintenance and lower noise levels.
They minimise the amount of cold air entering a building, while keeping the warm air inside – providing a comfortable environment within the building and reducing the amount of heating required, which lowers energy bills and carbon emissions.
Rather than deriving warm air from conventional sources such as direct electric heating or low, medium or high pressure hot water, the Mitsubishi Electric range is linked to an inverter-driven, outdoor heat pump compressor unit, which significantly minimises the energy used.
“We already know we have one of the most comprehensive product ranges on the market and the ECA listing enables customers to justify the initial expense and recoup the on-going savings in energy use,” adds Desmottes.