The SKY series is a range of environment-friendly and energy-saving air conditioners that touts comfort, health and beauty as the main selling points.
Electronics conglomerate Panasonic aims to grab 10 percent of the whole air conditioner market share, and register a growth of 30 percent by 2017-18, and it seeks to do this with the launch of the Elite Inverter SKY Series, a range of air conditioners that integrate radiant cooling technology and come built in with purifiers. Focusing on comfort, health and beauty, this new line is the first of its kind in India, and it provides a solution to combat the rising issue of air pollution in the country.
The SKY Series air conditioners are notable for using radiant cooling technology, which adopts a multidirectional SKYWING flap design to provide a uniform cooling system by first removing heat from the ceilings, walls and other surfaces before gliding down to work on the rest of the room. The units also feature a fast cooling option by maximizing airflow. They are equipped with R410 refrigerant to decrease greenhouse gas emissions as well.
The Japan-based company is also planning to incorporate nanoe-G systems in upcoming air conditioners without any price hikes. Currently, the SKY series units are built with a dust sensor that activates automatically the purifier once airborne particulates, including those smaller than PM2.5, are detected. This feature can aid in reducing pollution and preventing coughs and colds.
Design-wise, Panasonic's air conditioner boasts a minimalist yet elegant design. It has a sliding cover, backlit LED screen and remote control.
Starting March, the Sky Series will be offered with 1- and 1.5-ton capacities, listing at around $1,050 and $1,300, respectively.
Last 2016, Panasonic saw an increase of 20 percent in its air conditioner sales, which amounts to 15 percent share in the total turnover.