Room air conditioners are objects of necessity for some people, but with serious drawbacks. Their noise and low efficiency—as well as the potential issues with water leaks, security and safety—sometimes make them more a source of discomfort than of comfort. The EcoSnap-AC Heat Pump System–winner of a 2016 R&D 100 Award–solves these problems while delivering high-efficiency heating and cooling all at an affordable cost. The key to the technology is the relatively simple, robust, through-the-wall installation provided by one or two small holes. That’s much better than losing the use of a window or cutting an air-conditioner-sized hole in the wall. The EcoSnap-AC heat pump borrows the concept of a split system from the much more expensive mini splits, delivering a similar functionality at a lower equipment cost and with minimal installation costs. It fills a market gap between relatively cheap and inefficient room air conditioners and much more expensive mini splits and central air conditioners.
Each year for more than 50 years, R&D Magazine has honored the 100 best innovations in research and development. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards. Innovators with an exceptional product developed between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 should apply. Submissions close April 14, 2017
For information on the 55th Annual R&D 100 Awards and to enter visit http://www.rd100conference.com