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Fire, water and wind - a short history of heat

Press Release, September 12th, 2018 

Since the beginning of mankind, the process of heat generation has been the focus of attention. After all, warmth not only ensures survival, but also provides a sense of well-being. Nowadays, heat is only a click away, but that was not always the case.


Vienna, September 2018 - If an early ancestor was born today, he would be surprised at the development of heating solutions. It all began as a flame and became an open campfire, which served as a source of warmth for mankind until the Middle Ages. However, it only warmed if it was burning and the heat quickly escaped in all directions. Therefore, stones were used as heat accumulators. They lay in the fire and took the heat. In the 14th century in Japan, the "Kotatsu" – a hole filled with embers and stones, covered by a blanket – was created. This was mostly under the dining table, where family members could gather and warm themselves. Even today, electrically powered “Kotatsu” are still present in Japan.

With the Romans, underfloor central heating arrived. It was mainly used in public baths. Air was heated in a central kiln and routed into gaps below the floor. The floor slabs got warm. Energy efficiency was low and fuel consumption high. Energy efficiency was therefore one of the driving forces behind the development of heating technology – from brick fireplaces, iron and tiled stoves, central heating in the 18th century, to oil and gas central heating in the 20th century.


Modern heat pump: the epitome of well-being.

Nowadays heat pumps are the ideal choice for staying warm and comfortable at home. They are not only economical in the long-term but also have a positive effect on the environment. Thanks to the use of renewable energies from air, ground or water together with utilization of sun energy through solar and photovoltaic panels, heating is more sustainable than ever before. Daikin´s Altherma 3 is quick and easy to install, providing homeowners with the highest energy rated comfort – no matter how cold it may be outside, thanks to Daikin´s pedigree trademark in frost protection down to -25°C. Rated A+++* [1], the heat pump is equally suitable for new and retrofit installations, as well as for connecting to underfloor heating systems and radiators. With an integrated domestic hot water tank, continuously available hot water can be used with minimal electrical input. Settings can be controlled remotely from anywhere via the Daikin Online Controller smartphone app or an online controller – for consistent room temperatures at any time. It has taken a long way in history, but now heat pumps are one of the most energy-friendly heating systems on the market.

[1] *According to EU n°811/2013 label layout 2019


Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe was founded in 1999 with its headquarters in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria. The product portfolio comprises products and solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Roughly 320 employees are in charge of the sales and service activities in 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania).
About Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe N.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Limited and a major European producer of air conditioners, heating systems and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 6950 employees throughout Europe and major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
Globally, Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions. With more than 90 years of experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technologies, Daikin is a market leader in heat pump technology.
Press contact:
Marijke Slijkhuis
Marketing & Communication, Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH
Tel.: 43 (0)2236 32557-175
Campus 21, Europaring F12/402, 2345 Brunn am Gebirge, Austria 

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