Rebel: A person who rises in armed resistance against an established government or ruler. A rebel is distinguished as an outsider who is excluded from a group whereas a rebel goes against it.
All throughout human history there have been rebels amongst us. When you say the word rebel, the motorcycle riding, chain smoking James Dean is often the first to come to mind. But I am more interested in those rebels with a cause for the greater good. Those lone wolves who have shook their fist in the face of evil despite their own fate. I like to think of rebels throughout history who made a stand for what could be rather than what always will be. Dreamers, visionaries, thinkers. These are rebels.
Jesus, William Wallace, Spartacus, Joan of Arc, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr…these are just a few rebels that changed the world for the greater good of mankind. Without them, our world would be unrecognizable today. Like a gravitational pull, many are drawn into their beliefs and idealistic crusades. Their persuasive push for change is contagious and often inevitable for those around them. Rebels have changed society, culture, commerce, religious beliefs, fashion, music, food and even our ability to communicate. Albert Einstein once said:
When all think alike, no one thinks very much.
During halftime of the 1984 Superbowl, Apple began their rebellion with their infamous Macintosh commercial. No Superbowl game could have been more appropriate for this commercial. The Washington Redskins (darlings from our nations’ capital) against the Raiders aka Rebels of Los Angeles. This Superbowl was THE game in THE year to start Apple’s rebellion. This was their moment to introduce the Macintosh computer. This was the start of Apple’s rebellion against the IBM establishment.
As for the Air Conditioning industry, the last 30 years have been somewhat boring for the standard RTU (roof top unit). The basic design of a roof top mounted air conditioning system has seen very little change. Sure with the rise of circuit boards and digital controls there have been enhancements, but only slight improvements to the guts of these metal boxes of the sky. Elaborate computerized energy management systems (EMS) have become very useful to determine when we cycle RTUs with the intent to save energy. Outside air economizers have been added for free cooling and fresh air. Refrigerants have changed and coil sizes have increased to improve energy efficiency. Some form of humidity control has been added. But at the end of the day, very little separates one RTU manufacturer from they other. That is until Daikin McQuay built the Rebel.
Last year Daikin McQuay threw the proverbial “1984 Macintosh mallet” against the RTU establishment and began their rebellion. Never before has a roof top air conditioning unit offered as much diversity, control, increased comfort, increased energy savings and reliability. The Daikin McQuay Rebel will be the new standard for air conditioning equipment for the next 50 years. Before I get into the specifics of the Rebel, here is what the Department of Energy had to say:
In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) joined industry partners in the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) to release a design specification for 10-ton capacity commercial air conditioners, also known as rooftop units (RTUs). The specification was issued as an “RTU Challenge,” since it aimed to catalyze the market introduction of cost-effective, energy-saving RTUs that would significantly outperform any models that were currently available. The BBA includes an array of building owners that purchase large volumes of RTUs, so their issuance of a specification outlining common performance requirements and desired features represents a powerful demand signal to manufacturers.
DOE announced on May 24 2012 that Daikin McQuay’s Rebel rooftop unit system is the first to meet DOE’s Rooftop Unit (RTU) Challenge. Five manufacturers—Daikin McQuay, Carrier, Lennox, 7AC Technologies, and Rheem participated in this challenge to commercialize highly efficient commercial air conditioners that satisfy a DOE-issued specification for energy savings and performance.
The final participant list was announced by Dr. Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency, at the Energy Department’s first Efficiency Forum, a public stakeholder engagement event hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
As you can see in the graphic above and the testament by the DOE, the Rebel is most energy efficient RTU in the world. With an IEER (integrated energy efficiency ratio) as high as 20.6, this unit is a game changer! Before an official announcement was made, the DOE personally informed me. I was speaking at ‘The Reality of Green’ conference held at Smith&Nephew in Memphis, TN regarding new technology in the HVAC industry. The Rebel was one of the products I spoke about. The speaker after me was the aforementioned Dr. Kathleen Hogan with the Department of Energy. There were over 100 attending most of which were my colleagues, co-workers and potential clients. Halfway into her speech, she starts to explain the DOE Rooftop Challenge. Large drops of sweat start dripping from my forehead. If you have met me, you will know that I have a really large forehead…lot of sweat. “Please say the Rebel, please say the Rebel…don’t make me look like an idiot in front of all these people!” As Dr. Hogan starts to wrap up her speech, she points to me and says, “The winner of the DOE RTU Challenge was Daikin McQuay’s Rebel” (applause then erupted). YES! I can breathe.
How do you create the world’s smartest and most efficient RTU? Daikin reinvented the 5 most common items within every RTU and added a ton of additional features. The compressors, condenser fan motors, indoor blower motors, gas-fired burner assembly and outside air economizers are unlike any other in the Rooftop industry. See for yourself (video).
The new Daikin McQuay Rebel commercial packaged rooftop system offers building owners unprecedented energy savings using quality manufactured McQuay equipment incorporated with advanced, industry-leading technologies that include VAV operation from 3-15 tons, variable speed Daikin heat pump with hybrid (gas, electric, hot water) heat options, Variable speed ECM motors on all fans, ultra-quiet composite Daikin condenser fans, energy recovery wheel, and a variable speed Daikin inverter scroll compressor that minimizes on/off cycling.
Rebel’s innovative design creates air conditioning part-load energy efficiencies (as high as 20.6 IEER) that overwhelmingly surpass ASHRAE’s 90.1 performance standard by a staggering 84%.
Rebel also offers great energy savings in the heating mode with COP’s at 47°F that are as high as 3.8. And during winter months, Rebel’s heat pump provides significantly lower operating costs than any type of alternative mechanical heat, including traditional gas furnaces.
With Daikin’s new inverter compressors, ECM (Electronically Commutated Motor) condenser motors, ECM blower motors, ECM powered exhaust and turn down to 10% on the gas burners, this Rebel rooftop unit is 100% variable speed. Meaning this unit will operate and a multitude of variable speeds for part load, full load and dehumidification.
No more short cycling. No more wasted energy. No more humidity problems. No more temperature fluctuations. No more high utility bills.
Daikin compressors provide industry-leading energy efficiencies unmatched by typical fixed speed, digital scroll, or 2-stage scroll compressors. Typical compressors cycle excessively resulting in locked rotor current spikes, increased compressor wear, temperature fluctuations, erratic economizer control and over-cooling. The Daikin compressor modulates, delivering only the required energy to satisfy space conditions, providing you with exceptional energy savings, temperature control, acoustics, and quick payback.
Here is a list of 17 Rebellious Reasons why this unit is the world’s most advanced RTU (click here for the detailed list)
- Variable Speed Inverter Scroll Compressor
- Variable Speed Heat Pump
- Variable Speed ECM Motors on All Fans
- Electronic Expansion Valves
- MicroTech® III Unit Controller
- Seamless Top Panel
- Hinged Access Doors
- Hybrid Backup Heat Option
- Ultra-Quiet Condenser Fans
- Double Wall Foam Cabinet
- Durable Construction
- 100% Outdoor Air Option
- Dehumidification Control
- Stainless Steel, Double-Sloped Drain Pan
- Low Radiated Noise
- 2” and 4” Slide-Out Filter Racks
Click here for the Daikin McQuay Rebel brochure to learn more. Available in 3-15 Tons.
When you see James Dean, you see a “Rebel Without a Cause” and the persona of cool. Now when you see an air conditioning system, think of the “Rebel With a Cause” and the new definition of cool: Daikin McQuay. Don’t fall victim to the establishment in your industry. Be a thinker. Be a visionary. Be a Rebel.
For more information on the Rebel air conditioner or any of Daikin’s products, call us at Ewing|Kessler. We are the local distributor for Daikin McQuay and we are the rebel in HVAC Solutions, Equipment, Support and Automation. We can help determine if the Rebel is right for your building. Ask us how the Rebel can reduce your bottom line, increase comfort and put your building on the path of sustainability. Click here for our Line Card.
I want to hear from you. Tell me who your favorite “rebel” is and why. Email me or leave a comment on this page. I look forward to seeing you and your building soon!
Jimmy Veteto, LEED AP
Business Development, Ewing|Kessler, Inc.