Carrier Solution Enhances Comfort and Supports Preservation of Art in the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican Museums

Carrier has designed a new system to provide powerful heating and cooling without altering the historic space

VATICAN CITY, September 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — An innovative air-conditioning solution from Carrier provides optimal ventilation and comfort in the historic Raphael Rooms. During a typical summer, the temperature is in Rome can reach 104°F/40°C, making the decision to install air conditioning in the Raphael Rooms for the first time an easy one. To meet the unique needs of the historic space, Carrier engineers developed and installed a custom solution using a new system design that delivers heating and cooling in a quarter of the traditional footprint, all without the existing historic infrastructure. to change. Carrier, a global leader in high-tech solutions for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent solutions for buildings and cold chains.

During the summer, temperatures in Rome can reach as high as 40°C, making Carrier air conditioning a welcome addition to the Raphael Rooms.  © Governatorato SCV - Direzione dei Musei

During the summer, temperatures in Rome can reach as high as 104°F/40°C, making Carrier air conditioning a welcome addition to the Raphael Rooms. © Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

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“The Vatican Museums are on a mission to ensure the protection and safety of the artworks, spaces and visitors. Carrier was extraordinary because, like his previous work in the Sistine Chapel, the team knew how to work with our technical departments and how to rooms to be updated that are not conceived as museums,” said Barbara Jatta, director, Vatican Museums. “The result not only helps us in our conservation mission for future generations, but also helps us enjoy this heritage which is visited daily by numerous visitors, more than 6 million a year.”

“It was a tremendous honor to be asked again by the Vatican Museums to deliver innovative solutions. This project underscores our role as an industry leader, who has the expertise to develop unique, custom HVAC solutions,” said Didier Genois, vice president and general manager, Carrier HVAC Europe. “We have put our world-class engineering and design resources into this project and are extremely proud of the result.”

The right solution for the space had to be installed without affecting the historical elements in the rooms, but would still function to provide good ventilation and maintain comfortable temperatures. The Vatican Museums again turned to Carrier, who in 2014 launched an innovative HVAC system in the Sistine Chapel. Carrier engineers specially designed small, high-capacity fan coil units to circulate air, which were installed under the windows in the Raphael Rooms and remained invisible to visitors. Energy-efficient Carrier AquaSnap 30RQV chillers have also been installed in a location unnoticeable to visitors, and an iVu building automation system has now been installed to help optimize the HVAC systems to provide a healthier, safer and more efficient indoor climate for visitors. to create.

“The space available for equipment in the Raphael Rooms was very limited. We had to design a small 2.5 kW fan coil unit, but with a power of 10 kW, a powerful device. This solution is unique because this type of product did not exist. We had to devise and develop a product that would fit this function in a limited space,” said Michel Grabon, director, Carrier AdvanTEC/Building Solutions Group Europe.

Decorated with frescoes painted between 1508 and 1524 by the Renaissance artist Raphael, the Raphael Rooms are widely known as one of the greatest works of art ever created and a video highlighting the project can be found here. For more information on Carrier’s tailor-made solutions, please visit: www.carrier.com.

About Carrier

Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is a world leader in high-tech solutions for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. Carrier’s experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building management systems and energy services for customers in residential, commercial, retail, transportation and food service. Carrier is part of Carrier Global Corporation, the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent solutions for buildings and cold chains. For more information visit carrier.com or follow @Carrier on Twitter.

Custom fan coil units were installed under the windows in the Raphael Rooms, which remained invisible to visitors.  © Governatorato SCV - Direzione dei Musei

Custom fan coil units were installed under the windows in the Raphael Rooms, which remained invisible to visitors. © Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

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