Friedrich Introduces IAQ Solutions to Combat Pathogens and Pollutant Threats

A range of room A/C options are now available throughout Friedrich’s product line-up to ensure safer, healthier indoor air quality.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – April 14, 2021 –Thanks to added capabilities and available new options, Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. is solidifying its reputation as the leading U.S.-based manufacturer of complete room air conditioning solutions designed to deliver healthier indoor air quality (IAQ) and tackle serious issues such as the removal of pathogens and pollutants from the air.

Under a suite of new accessory offerings called Friedrich FreshAire™ IAQ, the company has embraced scientific recommendations for how to best achieve exceptional indoor air quality by addressing not only advanced make-up air and filtration, but also integrating sophisticated dehumidification and air purification capabilities. The launch of Friedrich FreshAire IAQ makes Friedrich the first company in the U.S. to offer complete and effective room-by-room A/C solutions that meet rigorous standards for delivering safer, healthier indoor air quality. A variety of Friedrich FreshAire IAQ options are now available for products designed for commercial and residential customers, including lodging and hotel properties, multi-family housing units, schools, assisted living and nursing home facilities.

Friedrich FreshAire IAQ utilizes an arsenal of sophisticated technologies proven to be highly effective for delivering exceptional indoor air quality and reducing the quality of microcontaminants such as airborne bacteria, mold spores and viruses. These options work in separate and multiple combinations–depending on product configurations and specific IAQ needs–to address the essential aspects of how to deliver safer and cleaner indoor air quality, including:

  • Advanced filtration: Advanced filtration that removes microcontaminants as small as viruses is especially important in today’s indoor environments. New Friedrich FreshAire IAQ accessories include industry-leading MERV 13 filtration, which experts verify is more effective at reducing the quantity of airborne bacteria, mold spores and viruses. Leading authorities–including the CDC, EPA, and ASHRAE–recommend upgrading filters to a MERV 13 or higher to help guard against the spread of infectious airborne particles, including COVID-19. MERV 13 filters are 85% or more effective at capturing particles down to 1 micron in size* (COVID-19 virus travels on particles and nuclei between 1 and 6 microns in size). Thanks to powerful performance capable of producing needed air pressure for effective filtration without sacrificing temperature accuracy or comfort, Friedrich now offers a variety of products compatible with ASHRAE-recommended MERV 13 filtration, including being the first and only window A/C manufacturer to do so.
  • Air cleansing: Destroying harmful pollutants and pathogens is the ultimate goal for exceptional indoor air quality. Through a new partnership with FreshAire UV, an innovator of IAQ technology, Friedrich FreshAire IAQ options include UV light technology known to kill bacteria, mold and viruses. Additionally, Friedrich is offering advanced iWave air purification capabilities through a new partnership with NuCalgon, a leading manufacturer of bipolar ionization equipment. iWave purifies air by creating negative and positive ions that attach to particles such as bacteria, mold and viruses and allow them to be better captured via filtration, while also safely reducing allergens, smoke, static electricity and controlling odors without creating ozone or harmful byproducts.
  • Make up air (MUA)/ventilation: The delivery of fresh, outside air that helps dilute and replace stale, stagnant air is fundamental for improving indoor air quality. Unlike other HVAC solutions that only handle cooling and heating and necessitate a different system to deliver make up air, many of Friedrich‘s products equipped with FreshAire IAQ integrate both functions, providing an all-in-one solution for fully conditioned, cleaner air while helping building owners meet ASHRAE 62.1 standards.
  • Dehumidification: Improper moisture levels can contribute to the growth of organic matter and organisms, such as mold and fungus, causing unhealthy indoor air and uncomfortable conditions. If left uncontrolled, high interior humidity also can damage furnishings and interior spaces. Many of Friedrich’s heating and cooling products with FreshAire IAQ offer sophisticated dehumidification capabilities designed to remove excess moisture and maintain proper humidity levels to help protect interior spaces and their occupants.

“These methods of purifying indoor air are scientifically proven as effective ways to solve the complete IAQ puzzle and help address the huge challenge and need for achieving healthier indoor environments,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing. “As with all of the products Friedrich offers, we’ve made it easy for customers to customize the right solution depending on the specific needs of their space and occupants to ensure safer indoor air quality.”

A range of FreshAire IAQ options that incorporate these leading technologies can now be found throughout Friedrich’s product line up, including Friedrich VRP® (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pumps, Friedrich FreshAire PTAC, Friedrich Vert-I-Pak, Friedrich ductless systems and Friedrich Kühl room air conditioners. For more information about specific FreshAire IAQ options available for individual Friedrich products and solutions, visit

*Based on ASHRAE Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

SOURCE: Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.