US20090100851A1 - Indoor unit of air conditioner - Google Patents

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US20090100851A1
US20090100851A1 US12/063,641 US6364107A US2009100851A1 US 20090100851 A1 US20090100851 A1 US 20090100851A1 US 6364107 A US6364107 A US 6364107A US 2009100851 A1 US2009100851 A1 US 2009100851A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F13/00Details common to, or for air-conditioning, air-humidification, ventilation or use of air currents for screening
    • F24F13/08Air-flow control members, e.g. louvres, grilles, flaps or guide plates
    • F24F13/10Air-flow control members, e.g. louvres, grilles, flaps or guide plates movable, e.g. dampers
    • F24F13/16Air-flow control members, e.g. louvres, grilles, flaps or guide plates movable, e.g. dampers built up of parallelly-movable plates
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F1/00Room units for air-conditioning, e.g. separate or self-contained units or units receiving primary air from a central station
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F1/00Room units for air-conditioning, e.g. separate or self-contained units or units receiving primary air from a central station
    • F24F1/0007Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units
    • F24F1/0043Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units characterised by mounting arrangements
    • F24F1/0047Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units characterised by mounting arrangements mounted in the ceiling or at the ceiling
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F1/00Room units for air-conditioning, e.g. separate or self-contained units or units receiving primary air from a central station
    • F24F1/0007Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units
    • F24F1/0071Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units with means for purifying supplied air
    • F24F1/0073Indoor units, e.g. fan coil units with means for purifying supplied air characterised by the mounting or arrangement of filters
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F1/00Room units for air-conditioning, e.g. separate or self-contained units or units receiving primary air from a central station
    • F24F1/02Self-contained room units for air-conditioning, i.e. with all apparatus for treatment installed in a common casing
    • F24F1/032Self-contained room units for air-conditioning, i.e. with all apparatus for treatment installed in a common casing characterised by heat exchangers
    • F24F1/0323Self-contained room units for air-conditioning, i.e. with all apparatus for treatment installed in a common casing characterised by heat exchangers by the mounting or arrangement of the heat exchangers
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F13/00Details common to, or for air-conditioning, air-humidification, ventilation or use of air currents for screening
    • F24F13/20Casings or covers
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F13/00Details common to, or for air-conditioning, air-humidification, ventilation or use of air currents for screening
    • F24F13/28Arrangement or mounting of filters
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F11/00Control or safety arrangements
    • F24F11/50Control or safety arrangements characterised by user interfaces or communication
    • F24F11/56Remote control
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F13/00Details common to, or for air-conditioning, air-humidification, ventilation or use of air currents for screening
    • F24F13/02Ducting arrangements
    • F24F13/06Outlets for directing or distributing air into rooms or spaces, e.g. ceiling air diffuser
    • F24F2013/0616Outlets that have intake openings

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  • the present invention relates to an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner in which an inlet of air is disposed at a bottom surface of the indoor unit.
  • a ceiling-mounted indoor unit of an air conditioner is equipped with a bottom panel that constitutes a bottom surface of the indoor unit.
  • the bottom panel is disposed with an inlet for sucking air, and this inlet has a filter attached thereto for removing dust (See Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2005-241243 (disclosed on Sep. 8, 2005)).
  • the bottom panel is easily noticeable by people.
  • the design of the bottom panel is an important factor in selecting a product.
  • the necessity lies in designing the bottom panel such that the basic functions of an inlet and a filter are not impaired, and the design of the bottom panel is always subjected to the limitation.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner is an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner.
  • the indoor unit includes a bottom panel, an inlet, a movable panel, and a driving unit.
  • the inlet is disposed at the bottom panel. During non-operation, the inlet is closed by the movable panel.
  • the driving unit moves or rotates the movable panel. During operation, the movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above a bottom surface of the bottom panel.
  • the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a second aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, further including a fan and a filter.
  • the fan sucks air from the inlet, and the filter removes dust in air sucked from the inlet.
  • the filter is connected to the movable panel, and moves to a predetermined mounting position of the filter along with the movement of the movable panel.
  • the filter and the movable panel are assembled as one unit. Accordingly, the filter can be easily removed, and the maintainability of the filter improves.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a third aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, wherein the movable panel is formed by a plurality of small-sized movable panels, and during operation, the plurality of small-sized movable panels move and recede above the bottom surface of the bottom panel and are arranged in a pyramid shape.
  • the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a fourth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, wherein the movable panel is formed by at least a first movable panel and a second movable panel, and during operation, the first movable panel and the second movable panel rotate and recede above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
  • the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a fifth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, further including an outlet and a second movable panel.
  • the inlet is closed by the first movable panel
  • the outlet is closed by the second movable panel.
  • the driving unit moves or rotates the first movable panel and the second movable panel.
  • the first movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
  • the second movable panel moves or rotates away from the outlet.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a sixth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the fifth aspect of the present invention, wherein, during operation, the second movable panel moves in a parallel manner toward the center of the bottom panel.
  • the second movable panel moves along the inlet and is housed in the inlet, and thus there is no need to newly provide a space for housing the second movable panel.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a seventh aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to any one of the first, third, fourth, and fifth aspects of the present invention, wherein the driving unit uses a motor as a driving source.
  • the driving unit achieves a small size and thus can be easily housed in a casing. Accordingly, the flexibility of the layout and the flexibility of the design improve.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an eighth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to any one of the first, third, fourth, and fifth aspects of the present invention, wherein the bottom panel and the driving unit are provided as a set of assembly.
  • the bottom panel and the driving unit can be replaced at the same time, and even after the installation is completed, the user can select a movable type or a fixed type as desired. Thus, an improved service can be provided.
  • the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • the filter can be easily removed, and the maintainability of the filter improves.
  • the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • the second movable panel moves along the inlet and is housed in the inlet.
  • the second movable panel moves along the inlet and is housed in the inlet.
  • the motor is used as a driving source.
  • the driving unit achieves a small size and can be easily housed in the casing.
  • At least the bottom panel and the driving unit are provided as a set of assembly, and the user can select a movable type or a fixed type as desired even after the installation is completed.
  • an improved service can be provided.
  • FIG. 1 is an external perspective view of an indoor unit according to a first embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is an operational block diagram of a movable panel of the same indoor unit as above.
  • FIG. 3( a ) is a cross sectional view of the indoor unit according to the first embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 3( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 4( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a second embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 4( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 5( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a third embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 5( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 6( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a fourth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 6( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 7( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a fifth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 7( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 8( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a sixth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 8( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 9( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a seventh embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 9( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 1 shows an external perspective view of an indoor unit according to a first embodiment of the present invention.
  • a casing 2 of an indoor unit 1 is constituted by a casing upper portion 3 and a casing lower portion 4 , and is embedded in a ceiling at the time of installation. Note that part of the casing lower portion 4 is exposed from the ceiling, and this portion is referred to as a bottom panel 5 .
  • the bottom panel 5 is disposed with an inlet 6 into which air is sucked, and an outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • FIG. 2 is an operational block diagram of the movable panel 7 .
  • the movable panel 7 can move into the casing 2 by a driving unit 10 installed in the casing 2 .
  • a control unit 13 controls the driving unit 10 to move or rotate the movable panel 7 .
  • Positional information of the movable panel 7 is detected by a position detecting unit 14 and transmitted to the control unit 13 .
  • FIG. 3( a ) is a cross sectional view of the indoor unit according to the first embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 3( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • the casing upper portion 3 and the casing lower portion 4 are interconnected at a junction area 3 a .
  • the casing lower portion 4 is disposed with an air passage 4 a , a flange 4 b , and an inner frame 4 c .
  • the air passage 4 a serves as a passage when air is blown out, and is connected to the outlet 4 d .
  • the flange 4 b comes to contact with the ceiling surface, thereby positioning the casing 2 .
  • the flange 4 b closes a gap between a working hole disposed on the ceiling and the casing 2 , preventing the working hole from being exposed from the ceiling surface.
  • the inner frame 4 c forms a space in which the movable panel 7 , a filter 9 (described later), and the like are housed.
  • the filter 9 is housed inside of the casing 2 and removes dust in the air sucked in from the inlet 6 .
  • the filter 9 is formed by a filter element 9 a and a filter frame 9 b .
  • the filter element 9 a removes dust in the air
  • the filter frame 9 b is supported at a predetermined mounting position on the inner frame 4 c of the casing lower portion 4 in a state in which the filter frame 9 b holds the filter element 9 a .
  • the filter 9 is disposed with a hole 9 c through which passes a wire 10 b (described later).
  • the driving unit 10 is constituted by a motor 10 a , the wire 10 b , a plurality of pulleys 10 c , and a plurality of hooks 10 d , and moves the movable panel 7 .
  • the motor 10 a is housed in the space of the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the wire 10 b is a rope with the diameter of approximately 1 mm having an appropriate strength. One end thereof is connected to a rotor of the motor 10 a , and the other end thereof is connected to the movable panel 7 by the hooks 10 d .
  • the wire 10 b is supported by the pulleys 10 c at a plurality of positions such that the driving force of the motor 10 a is transmitted without attenuation. Positions to install the hooks 10 d can be arbitrarily set according to the shape of the movable panel 7 .
  • a fan 11 is arranged in the casing upper portion 3 .
  • the fan 11 is a centrifugal fan, and constituted by an impeller 11 a , a motor 11 b that rotates the impeller 11 a , and a bellmouth 11 c that collects air sucked in.
  • the fan 11 sucks air into the casing 2 from the inlet 6 and blows out the air in the peripheral direction.
  • the air blown out passes through the air passage 4 a and exits from the outlet 4 d.
  • a heat exchanger 12 is arranged so as to surround the periphery of the fan 11 in a state in which the heat exchanger 12 is held at a base portion 3 b in the casing upper portion 3 .
  • An entrance of the aforementioned air passage 4 a is arranged adjacently to the heat exchanger 12 .
  • the movable panel 7 When the operation of the indoor unit 1 of an air conditioner is stopped, the movable panel 7 completely closes the opening of the inlet 6 . Only the boundary of the movable panel 7 is visible on the bottom panel 5 .
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the movable panel 7 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 (see FIG. 2 ) that the movable panel 7 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • the operation of the fan 11 starts and air is sucked in from the inlet 6 that is open. After the dust is removed from the air by the filter 9 , the air is taken into the fan 11 and blown out in the peripheral direction. The air blown out undergoes heat exchange by passing through the heat exchanger 12 . The air that passed through the heat exchanger 12 passes through the air passage 4 a and is blown out from the outlet 4 d.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 (see FIG. 2 ) that the movable panel 7 has reached the inlet 6 , and stops the motor 10 a.
  • the indoor unit 1 is the indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type air conditioner, and is equipped with the bottom panel 5 , the inlet 6 , the movable panel 7 , and the driving unit 10 .
  • the bottom panel 5 is exposed from the ceiling surface and disposed with the inlet 6 .
  • the inlet 6 is closed by the movable panel 7 .
  • the driving unit 10 moves or rotates the movable panel 7 .
  • the movable panel 7 moves and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel 5 .
  • the inlet 6 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 5 improves. In addition, the shape of the bottom panel 5 is hardly limited by the filter 9 and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 5 improves. Further, since the filter 9 is located at a position that is not noticeable by people, contamination on the filter 9 does not impair the external appearance of the bottom panel 5 . In addition, since the movable panel 7 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 5 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 5 does not become impaired.
  • FIG. 4( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the second embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 4( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 25 is disposed with an inlet 26 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • a movable panel 27 completely closes the inlet 26 and thus the inlet 26 is not exposed.
  • the movable panel 27 and the filter 9 are interconnected by a connecting rod 27 a with a predetermined gap therebetween.
  • the wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the filter 9 and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the movable panel 27 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the filter frame 9 b of the filter 9 comes into contact with a mounting surface 4 e at a filter mounting position.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the movable panel 27 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • the motor 10 a rotates backward, the wire 10 b is loosened, the movable panel 27 and the filter 9 descend, and the inlet 26 is closed by the movable panel 27 .
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the movable panel 27 has reached the inlet 26 , and stops the motor 10 a.
  • the filter 9 is connected to the movable panel 27 , and the filter 9 moves to the predetermined mounting position of the filter 9 along with the movement of the movable panel 27 .
  • the filter 9 and the movable panel 27 are assembled as one unit, the filter 9 can be easily removed and the maintainability of the filter 9 improves.
  • FIG. 5( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the third embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 5( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 35 is disposed with an inlet 36 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • a movable panel 37 completely closes the inlet 36 and thus the inlet 36 is not exposed.
  • the movable panel 37 is formed by a plurality of plate-shaped small-sized movable panels 37 a - 37 e .
  • guides 39 allow the small-sized movable panels 37 a - 37 e to move in the vertical direction but not in the horizontal direction.
  • a right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 a and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 b are held by the guide 39 , and the small-sized movable panel 37 a can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 b by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 .
  • a right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 b and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 c are held by the guide 39 .
  • the small-sized movable panel 37 b can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 c by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 .
  • a right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 c and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 d are held by the guide 39 .
  • the small-sized movable panel 37 d can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 c by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 .
  • a right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 d and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 e are held by the guide 39 .
  • the small-sized movable panel 37 e can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 d by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 .
  • the wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e , and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39
  • the small-sized movable panels 37 b , 37 d start rising and rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 .
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the height to which the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e have risen becomes equal to the height of the two guides 39 , and stops the motor 10 a .
  • the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 b , 37 d , and 37 e are arranged in a downward convex pyramid shape with the small-sized movable panel 37 c as the center of the shape, and the inlet 36 is opened.
  • the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, first, the small-sized movable panels 37 b , 37 d descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 and reach the inlet 36 . Subsequently, the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e further descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 and reach the inlet 36 . At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e have reached the inlet 36 , and stops the motor 10 a . In this way, the inlet 36 is closed.
  • the movable panel 37 is formed by the plurality of the small-sized movable panels 37 a - 37 e .
  • the plurality of the small-sized movable panels 37 a - 37 e are horizontally arranged on the inlet 36 , and thereby the inlet 36 is closed.
  • the driving unit 10 first raises the small-sized movable panels 37 a , 37 e at both ends, and subsequently raises the small-sized movable panels 37 d , 37 e .
  • the small-sized movable panels 37 a - 37 e are arranged in a downward convex pyramid shape, and the inlet 36 opens.
  • the inlet 36 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 35 improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 37 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 36 , the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • the movable panel 37 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 35 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 35 does not become impaired.
  • FIG. 6( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the fourth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 6( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 45 is disposed with an inlet 46 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • the movable panel 47 completely closes the inlet 46 and thus the inlet 46 is not exposed.
  • the movable panel 47 is formed by a plurality of plate-shaped small-sized movable panels 47 a - 47 e .
  • Guides 49 allow the small-sized movable panels 47 a - 47 e to move in the vertical direction but not in the horizontal direction.
  • the wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the small-sized movable panel 47 c , and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the small-sized movable panel 47 c is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the small-sized movable panel 47 c rises by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49
  • the small-sized movable panels 47 b , 47 d rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49 .
  • the height to which the small-sized movable panel 47 c has risen is equal to the height of the two guides 49 .
  • the motor 10 a further rotates and raises the small-sized movable panels 47 a , 47 e.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panel 47 c has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a . Consequently, the small-sized movable panels 47 a , 47 b , 47 d , and 47 e are arranged in an upward convex pyramid shape with the small-sized movable panel 47 c as the center, and the inlet 46 is opened.
  • the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, first, the small-sized movable panels 47 a , 47 e descend and reach the inlet 46 . Subsequently, the small-sized movable panels 47 b , 47 d further descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49 and reach the inlet 46 . The small-sized movable panel 47 c further descends by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49 and reaches the inlet 46 . At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panel 47 c has reached the inlet 46 , and stops the motor 10 a . In this way, the inlet 46 is closed.
  • the movable panel 47 is formed by the plurality of small-sized movable panels 47 a - 47 e .
  • the plurality of small-sized movable panels 47 a - 47 e are horizontally arranged on the inlet 46 , and thereby the inlet 46 is closed.
  • the driving unit 10 first raises the small-sized movable panel 47 c at the center of the movable panel 47 , subsequently raises the small-sized movable panels 47 b , 47 d , and lastly raises the small-sized movable panels 47 a , 47 e .
  • the small-sized movable panels 47 a - 47 e are arranged in an upward convex pyramid shape, and the inlet 46 opens.
  • the inlet 46 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 45 improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 47 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 46 , the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • the movable panel 47 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 45 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 45 does not become impaired.
  • FIG. 7( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the fifth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 7( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 55 is disposed with an inlet 56 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • a movable panel 57 completely closes the inlet 56 and thus the inlet 56 is not exposed.
  • the movable panel 57 is formed by a first movable panel 58 and a second movable panel 59 , and the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 can rotate in a direction into the casing 2 .
  • a left end of the first movable panel 58 is rotatably supported at a left end of the inlet 56 by a hinge mechanism.
  • a right end of the second movable panel 59 is rotatably supported at a right end of the inlet 56 by a hinge mechanism.
  • a right end of the first movable panel 58 and a left end of the second movable panel 59 are disposed side by side on the inlet 56 and close the inlet 56 .
  • the wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the free end side of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 , and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the free ends of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 . Consequently, the first movable panel 58 rotates counterclockwise about a left end 58 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 59 rotates clockwise about a right end 59 a as an axis.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting means unit 14 that the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 have rotated approximately 90 degrees, and stops the motor 10 a . Consequently, the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 move in a double door opening manner and the inlet 56 is opened.
  • the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, the free ends of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 descend in the direction of the inlet 56 . Consequently, the first movable panel 58 rotates clockwise about the left end 58 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 59 rotates counterclockwise about the right end 59 a as an axis.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 have reached the inlet 56 , and stops the motor 10 a . In this way, the inlet 56 is closed.
  • the movable panel 57 is formed by the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 .
  • the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are both arranged on the inlet 56 in a freely rotatable manner.
  • the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are both horizontally arranged on the inlet 56 , and thereby the inlet 56 is closed.
  • the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 both rotate toward the inside of the casing lower portion 4 , and thereby the inlet 56 is opened.
  • the inlet 56 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 55 improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 57 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 56 , the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 move without protruding from the bottom panel 55 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 55 does not become impaired.
  • FIG. 8( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the sixth embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 8( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 65 is disposed with an inlet 66 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • a movable panel 67 completely closes the inlet 66 and thus the inlet 66 is not exposed.
  • the movable panel 67 is formed by a first movable panel 68 and a second movable panel 69 , and the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 can rotate in a direction into the casing 2 .
  • a right end 68 a of the first movable panel 68 and a left end 69 a of the second movable panel 69 are rotatably supported on the inlet 66 by a hinge mechanism.
  • the wire 10 b extends upwardly from a left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and a right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 , and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 . Consequently, the first movable panel 68 rotates clockwise about the right end 68 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 69 rotates counterclockwise about the left end 69 a as an axis.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 have rotated 90 degrees, and stops the motor 10 a . Consequently, the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 move in a folding movement and the inlet 66 is opened.
  • the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened.
  • the left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 descend in the direction of the inlet 66 . Consequently, the first movable panel 68 rotates counterclockwise about the right end 68 a as an axis.
  • the second movable panel 69 rotates clockwise about the left end 69 a as an axis.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 have reached the inlet 66 , and stops the motor 10 a . In this way, the inlet 66 is closed.
  • the movable panel 67 is formed by the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 .
  • the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 are both arranged on the inlet 66 in a freely rotatable manner.
  • the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 are both horizontally arranged on the inlet 66 , and thereby the inlet 66 is closed.
  • the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 both rotate toward the inside of the casing lower portion 4 , and thereby the inlet 66 is opened.
  • the inlet 66 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 65 improves.
  • the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 67 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 66 , the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 move without protruding from the bottom panel 65 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 65 does not become impaired.
  • FIG. 9( a ) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the seventh embodiment during non-operation
  • FIG. 9( b ) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • a bottom panel 75 is disposed with an inlet 76 into which air is sucked, and an outlet 78 out of which air is blown.
  • a first movable panel 77 closes the inlet 76
  • a second movable panel 79 closes the outlet 78 .
  • the inlet 76 and the outlet 78 are not exposed from the bottom panel 75 .
  • the first movable panel 77 moves in the vertical direction, thereby opening and closing the inlet 76 .
  • the second movable panel 79 moves in the horizontal direction, thereby opening and closing the outlet 78 .
  • the driving 10 includes the motor 10 a , the wire 10 b , the plurality of pulleys 10 c , and the plurality of hooks 10 d , and moves the first movable panel 77 .
  • the driving unit 10 includes another motor 10 a , a ball screw 10 e , and slide screws 10 f , 10 g , and moves the second movable panel 79 .
  • the first movable panel 77 closes the inlet 76
  • the second movable panel 79 closes the outlet 78 . Therefore, only the peripheral boundaries of the first movable panel 77 and the second movable panel 79 are visible on the bottom panel 75 .
  • the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the first movable panel 77 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4 .
  • the other motor 10 a rotates the ball screw 10 e and moves the slide screw 10 f and the slide screw 10 g in a sliding manner toward the center of the bottom panel 75 .
  • the slide screw 10 f is connected to the second movable panel 79 on the left, and the second movable panel 79 on the left moves to the right as the ball screw 10 e rotates.
  • the slide screw 10 g is connected to the second movable panel 79 on the right, and the second movable panel 79 on the right moves to the left as the ball screw 10 e rotates.
  • the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 77 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the second movable panel 79 has moved to a predetermined position, and stops the other motor 10 a.
  • control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 77 has reached the inlet 76 , and stops the motor 10 a . Further, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the second movable panel 79 has reached the original position, and stops the other motor 10 a.
  • the indoor unit 71 is equipped with the casing 2 embedded in a ceiling and the bottom panel 75 exposed from a ceiling surface.
  • the bottom panel 75 is disposed with the inlet 76 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 78 out of which air is blown.
  • the driving unit 10 moves the first movable panel 77 in the vertical direction without causing the first movable panel 77 to protrude from the bottom panel 75 , thereby opening and closing the inlet 76 .
  • the driving unit 10 moves the second movable panel 79 in the horizontal direction without causing the second movable panel 79 to protrude from the bottom panel 75 , thereby opening and closing the outlet 78 .
  • the filter 9 is housed in the casing 2 , and is arranged away from the bottom panel 75 .
  • the inlet 76 and the outlet 78 are closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 75 improves.
  • the first movable panel 77 and the second movable panel 79 move without protruding from the bottom panel 75 , the external appearance of the bottom panel 75 does not become impaired.
  • the shape of the bottom panel 75 is hardly limited by the filter 9 and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 75 improves. Further, since the filter 9 is located at a position that is not noticeable by people, contamination on the filter 9 does not impair the external appearance of the bottom panel 75 .
  • the driving unit 10 is constituted by the motor 10 a , the wire 10 b , and the pulleys 10 c , however, the driving unit 10 may be constituted by a motor and a gear.
  • the indoor unit of the present invention is useful as an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner in which the flexibility of the design of a bottom panel thereof is desired to be improved.

Abstract

An indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner with an improved flexibility of the design of a bottom panel is provided. An indoor unit includes a bottom panel, an inlet disposed to the bottom panel, a movable panel that closes the inlet during non-operation, and a driving unit. The driving unit moves or rotates the movable panel. During operation, the movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above a bottom surface of the bottom panel.

Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • This U.S. National stage application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(a) to Japanese Patent Application No. 2006-114821, filed in Japan on Apr. 18, 2006, the entire contents of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner in which an inlet of air is disposed at a bottom surface of the indoor unit.
  • 2. Background Information
  • Typically, a ceiling-mounted indoor unit of an air conditioner is equipped with a bottom panel that constitutes a bottom surface of the indoor unit. The bottom panel is disposed with an inlet for sucking air, and this inlet has a filter attached thereto for removing dust (See Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2005-241243 (disclosed on Sep. 8, 2005)).
  • Incidentally, the bottom panel is easily noticeable by people. For the user, the design of the bottom panel is an important factor in selecting a product. However, for the manufacturers, the necessity lies in designing the bottom panel such that the basic functions of an inlet and a filter are not impaired, and the design of the bottom panel is always subjected to the limitation.
  • It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner in which the flexibility of the design of a bottom panel is improved compared to the conventional bottom panel.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a first aspect of the present invention is an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner. The indoor unit includes a bottom panel, an inlet, a movable panel, and a driving unit. The inlet is disposed at the bottom panel. During non-operation, the inlet is closed by the movable panel. The driving unit moves or rotates the movable panel. During operation, the movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above a bottom surface of the bottom panel.
  • With this indoor unit, the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a second aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, further including a fan and a filter. The fan sucks air from the inlet, and the filter removes dust in air sucked from the inlet. The filter is connected to the movable panel, and moves to a predetermined mounting position of the filter along with the movement of the movable panel.
  • With this indoor unit, the filter and the movable panel are assembled as one unit. Accordingly, the filter can be easily removed, and the maintainability of the filter improves.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a third aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, wherein the movable panel is formed by a plurality of small-sized movable panels, and during operation, the plurality of small-sized movable panels move and recede above the bottom surface of the bottom panel and are arranged in a pyramid shape.
  • With this indoor unit, the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a fourth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, wherein the movable panel is formed by at least a first movable panel and a second movable panel, and during operation, the first movable panel and the second movable panel rotate and recede above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
  • With this indoor unit, the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a fifth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, further including an outlet and a second movable panel. During non-operation, the inlet is closed by the first movable panel, and also during non-operation, the outlet is closed by the second movable panel. The driving unit moves or rotates the first movable panel and the second movable panel. During operation, the first movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel. Likewise, during operation, the second movable panel moves or rotates away from the outlet.
  • With this indoor unit, during non-operation, both the inlet and the outlet are closed and thus the panel forms a flat surface without an opening. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet and outlet, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a sixth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the fifth aspect of the present invention, wherein, during operation, the second movable panel moves in a parallel manner toward the center of the bottom panel.
  • With this indoor unit, the second movable panel moves along the inlet and is housed in the inlet, and thus there is no need to newly provide a space for housing the second movable panel.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to a seventh aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to any one of the first, third, fourth, and fifth aspects of the present invention, wherein the driving unit uses a motor as a driving source.
  • With this indoor unit, the driving unit achieves a small size and thus can be easily housed in a casing. Accordingly, the flexibility of the layout and the flexibility of the design improve.
  • An indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an eighth aspect of the present invention is the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to any one of the first, third, fourth, and fifth aspects of the present invention, wherein the bottom panel and the driving unit are provided as a set of assembly.
  • With this indoor unit, the bottom panel and the driving unit can be replaced at the same time, and even after the installation is completed, the user can select a movable type or a fixed type as desired. Thus, an improved service can be provided.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the first aspect of the present invention, the movable panel closes the inlet during non-operation. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the second aspect of the present invention, the filter can be easily removed, and the maintainability of the filter improves.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the third, fourth, and fifth aspects of the present invention, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel improves. In addition, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the sixth aspect of the present invention, the second movable panel moves along the inlet and is housed in the inlet. Thus, there is no need to newly provide a space for housing the second movable panel.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the seventh aspect of the present invention, the motor is used as a driving source. Thus, the driving unit achieves a small size and can be easily housed in the casing.
  • With the indoor unit of an air conditioner according to the eighth aspect of the present invention, at least the bottom panel and the driving unit are provided as a set of assembly, and the user can select a movable type or a fixed type as desired even after the installation is completed. Thus, an improved service can be provided.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is an external perspective view of an indoor unit according to a first embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is an operational block diagram of a movable panel of the same indoor unit as above.
  • FIG. 3( a) is a cross sectional view of the indoor unit according to the first embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 3( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 4( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a second embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 4( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 5( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a third embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 5( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 6( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a fourth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 6( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 7( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a fifth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 7( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 8( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a sixth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 8( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • FIG. 9( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to a seventh embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 9( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • FIG. 1 shows an external perspective view of an indoor unit according to a first embodiment of the present invention. A casing 2 of an indoor unit 1 is constituted by a casing upper portion 3 and a casing lower portion 4, and is embedded in a ceiling at the time of installation. Note that part of the casing lower portion 4 is exposed from the ceiling, and this portion is referred to as a bottom panel 5. The bottom panel 5 is disposed with an inlet 6 into which air is sucked, and an outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • When the indoor unit 1 is not operated, a movable panel 7 completely closes the inlet 6 and thus the inlet 6 is not exposed. FIG. 2 is an operational block diagram of the movable panel 7. The movable panel 7 can move into the casing 2 by a driving unit 10 installed in the casing 2. A control unit 13 controls the driving unit 10 to move or rotate the movable panel 7. Positional information of the movable panel 7 is detected by a position detecting unit 14 and transmitted to the control unit 13.
  • FIG. 3( a) is a cross sectional view of the indoor unit according to the first embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 3( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation. As shown in FIG. 3, the casing upper portion 3 and the casing lower portion 4 are interconnected at a junction area 3 a. The casing lower portion 4 is disposed with an air passage 4 a, a flange 4 b, and an inner frame 4 c. The air passage 4 a serves as a passage when air is blown out, and is connected to the outlet 4 d. When the casing 2 is embedded in the ceiling, the flange 4 b comes to contact with the ceiling surface, thereby positioning the casing 2. Further, the flange 4 b closes a gap between a working hole disposed on the ceiling and the casing 2, preventing the working hole from being exposed from the ceiling surface. The inner frame 4 c forms a space in which the movable panel 7, a filter 9 (described later), and the like are housed.
  • The filter 9 is housed inside of the casing 2 and removes dust in the air sucked in from the inlet 6. The filter 9 is formed by a filter element 9 a and a filter frame 9 b. The filter element 9 a removes dust in the air, and the filter frame 9 b is supported at a predetermined mounting position on the inner frame 4 c of the casing lower portion 4 in a state in which the filter frame 9 b holds the filter element 9 a. In addition, according to need, the filter 9 is disposed with a hole 9 c through which passes a wire 10 b (described later).
  • The driving unit 10 is constituted by a motor 10 a, the wire 10 b, a plurality of pulleys 10 c, and a plurality of hooks 10 d, and moves the movable panel 7. The motor 10 a is housed in the space of the casing lower portion 4. The wire 10 b is a rope with the diameter of approximately 1 mm having an appropriate strength. One end thereof is connected to a rotor of the motor 10 a, and the other end thereof is connected to the movable panel 7 by the hooks 10 d. The wire 10 b is supported by the pulleys 10 c at a plurality of positions such that the driving force of the motor 10 a is transmitted without attenuation. Positions to install the hooks 10 d can be arbitrarily set according to the shape of the movable panel 7.
  • A fan 11 is arranged in the casing upper portion 3. The fan 11 is a centrifugal fan, and constituted by an impeller 11 a, a motor 11 b that rotates the impeller 11 a, and a bellmouth 11 c that collects air sucked in. The fan 11 sucks air into the casing 2 from the inlet 6 and blows out the air in the peripheral direction. The air blown out passes through the air passage 4 a and exits from the outlet 4 d.
  • A heat exchanger 12 is arranged so as to surround the periphery of the fan 11 in a state in which the heat exchanger 12 is held at a base portion 3 b in the casing upper portion 3. An entrance of the aforementioned air passage 4 a is arranged adjacently to the heat exchanger 12.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 1 of an air conditioner is stopped, the movable panel 7 completely closes the opening of the inlet 6. Only the boundary of the movable panel 7 is visible on the bottom panel 5. When the indoor unit 1 is about to start operating, prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the movable panel 7 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. Note that the control unit 13 (see FIG. 2) detects by the position detecting unit 14 (see FIG. 2) that the movable panel 7 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • After the movable panel 7 is stopped, the operation of the fan 11 starts and air is sucked in from the inlet 6 that is open. After the dust is removed from the air by the filter 9, the air is taken into the fan 11 and blown out in the peripheral direction. The air blown out undergoes heat exchange by passing through the heat exchanger 12. The air that passed through the heat exchanger 12 passes through the air passage 4 a and is blown out from the outlet 4 d.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 1 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backward, the wire 10 b is loosened, the movable panel 7 descends, thereby closing the inlet 6. Note that the control unit 13 (see FIG. 2) detects by the position detecting unit 14 (see FIG. 2) that the movable panel 7 has reached the inlet 6, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • First Embodiment
  • The indoor unit 1 is the indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type air conditioner, and is equipped with the bottom panel 5, the inlet 6, the movable panel 7, and the driving unit 10. The bottom panel 5 is exposed from the ceiling surface and disposed with the inlet 6. During non-operation, the inlet 6 is closed by the movable panel 7. The driving unit 10 moves or rotates the movable panel 7. During operation, the movable panel 7 moves and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel 5.
  • With this indoor unit 1, the inlet 6 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 5 improves. In addition, the shape of the bottom panel 5 is hardly limited by the filter 9 and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 5 improves. Further, since the filter 9 is located at a position that is not noticeable by people, contamination on the filter 9 does not impair the external appearance of the bottom panel 5. In addition, since the movable panel 7 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 5, the external appearance of the bottom panel 5 does not become impaired.
  • Second Embodiment
  • Next, a second embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 4( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the second embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 4( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 25 is disposed with an inlet 26 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown. When an indoor unit 21 is not operated, a movable panel 27 completely closes the inlet 26 and thus the inlet 26 is not exposed.
  • The movable panel 27 and the filter 9 are interconnected by a connecting rod 27 a with a predetermined gap therebetween. The wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the filter 9 and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • Prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the movable panel 27 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. When the movable panel 27 and the filter 9 rise to a predetermined height, the filter frame 9 b of the filter 9 comes into contact with a mounting surface 4 e at a filter mounting position. At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the movable panel 27 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 21 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backward, the wire 10 b is loosened, the movable panel 27 and the filter 9 descend, and the inlet 26 is closed by the movable panel 27. Note that the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the movable panel 27 has reached the inlet 26, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • With this indoor unit 21, the filter 9 is connected to the movable panel 27, and the filter 9 moves to the predetermined mounting position of the filter 9 along with the movement of the movable panel 27. With this indoor unit 21, since the filter 9 and the movable panel 27 are assembled as one unit, the filter 9 can be easily removed and the maintainability of the filter 9 improves.
  • Third Embodiment
  • Next, a third embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 5( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the third embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 5( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 35 is disposed with an inlet 36 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown. When an indoor unit 31 is not operated, a movable panel 37 completely closes the inlet 36 and thus the inlet 36 is not exposed.
  • The movable panel 37 is formed by a plurality of plate-shaped small-sized movable panels 37 a-37 e. In addition, guides 39 allow the small-sized movable panels 37 a-37 e to move in the vertical direction but not in the horizontal direction.
  • In FIG. 5( a), a right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 a and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 b are held by the guide 39, and the small-sized movable panel 37 a can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 b by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39.
  • A right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 b and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 c are held by the guide 39. The small-sized movable panel 37 b can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 c by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39.
  • A right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 c and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 d are held by the guide 39. The small-sized movable panel 37 d can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 c by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39.
  • A right end of the small-sized movable panel 37 d and a left end of the small-sized movable panel 37 e are held by the guide 39. The small-sized movable panel 37 e can move in the vertical direction with respect to the small-sized movable panel 37 d by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39.
  • The wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e, and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • Prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. When the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39, the small-sized movable panels 37 b, 37 d start rising and rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39. At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the height to which the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e have risen becomes equal to the height of the two guides 39, and stops the motor 10 a. Consequently, the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 b, 37 d, and 37 e are arranged in a downward convex pyramid shape with the small-sized movable panel 37 c as the center of the shape, and the inlet 36 is opened.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 31 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, first, the small-sized movable panels 37 b, 37 d descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 and reach the inlet 36. Subsequently, the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e further descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 39 and reach the inlet 36. At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e have reached the inlet 36, and stops the motor 10 a. In this way, the inlet 36 is closed.
  • With this indoor unit 31, the movable panel 37 is formed by the plurality of the small-sized movable panels 37 a-37 e. The plurality of the small-sized movable panels 37 a-37 e are horizontally arranged on the inlet 36, and thereby the inlet 36 is closed. During operation, the driving unit 10 first raises the small-sized movable panels 37 a, 37 e at both ends, and subsequently raises the small-sized movable panels 37 d, 37 e. Thereby, the small-sized movable panels 37 a-37 e are arranged in a downward convex pyramid shape, and the inlet 36 opens.
  • With this indoor unit 31, the inlet 36 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 35 improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 37 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 36, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted. In addition, since the movable panel 37 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 35, the external appearance of the bottom panel 35 does not become impaired.
  • Fourth Embodiment
  • Next, a fourth embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 6( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the fourth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 6( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 45 is disposed with an inlet 46 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown. When an indoor unit 41 is not operated, the movable panel 47 completely closes the inlet 46 and thus the inlet 46 is not exposed.
  • The movable panel 47 is formed by a plurality of plate-shaped small-sized movable panels 47 a-47 e. Guides 49 allow the small-sized movable panels 47 a-47 e to move in the vertical direction but not in the horizontal direction.
  • The wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the small-sized movable panel 47 c, and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • Prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the small-sized movable panel 47 c is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. First, the small-sized movable panel 47 c rises by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49, and subsequently the small-sized movable panels 47 b, 47 d rise by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49. At this time, the height to which the small-sized movable panel 47 c has risen is equal to the height of the two guides 49. At this point, since the small-sized movable panels 47 a, 47 e have not risen yet, the motor 10 a further rotates and raises the small-sized movable panels 47 a, 47 e.
  • The control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panel 47 c has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a. Consequently, the small-sized movable panels 47 a, 47 b, 47 d, and 47 e are arranged in an upward convex pyramid shape with the small-sized movable panel 47 c as the center, and the inlet 46 is opened.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 41 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, first, the small-sized movable panels 47 a, 47 e descend and reach the inlet 46. Subsequently, the small-sized movable panels 47 b, 47 d further descend by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49 and reach the inlet 46. The small-sized movable panel 47 c further descends by a distance equal to the height of the guide 49 and reaches the inlet 46. At this time, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the small-sized movable panel 47 c has reached the inlet 46, and stops the motor 10 a. In this way, the inlet 46 is closed.
  • With this indoor unit 41, the movable panel 47 is formed by the plurality of small-sized movable panels 47 a-47 e. The plurality of small-sized movable panels 47 a-47 e are horizontally arranged on the inlet 46, and thereby the inlet 46 is closed. During operation, the driving unit 10 first raises the small-sized movable panel 47 c at the center of the movable panel 47, subsequently raises the small-sized movable panels 47 b, 47 d, and lastly raises the small-sized movable panels 47 a, 47 e. Thereby, the small-sized movable panels 47 a-47 e are arranged in an upward convex pyramid shape, and the inlet 46 opens.
  • With this indoor unit 41, the inlet 46 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 45 improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 47 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 46, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted. In addition, since the movable panel 47 moves without protruding from the bottom panel 45, the external appearance of the bottom panel 45 does not become impaired.
  • Fifth Embodiment
  • Next, a fifth embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 7( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the fifth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 7( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 55 is disposed with an inlet 56 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown. When an indoor unit 51 is not operated, a movable panel 57 completely closes the inlet 56 and thus the inlet 56 is not exposed.
  • The movable panel 57 is formed by a first movable panel 58 and a second movable panel 59, and the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 can rotate in a direction into the casing 2.
  • In FIG. 7( a), a left end of the first movable panel 58 is rotatably supported at a left end of the inlet 56 by a hinge mechanism. Likewise, a right end of the second movable panel 59 is rotatably supported at a right end of the inlet 56 by a hinge mechanism. A right end of the first movable panel 58 and a left end of the second movable panel 59 are disposed side by side on the inlet 56 and close the inlet 56.
  • The wire 10 b extends vertically upwardly from the hooks 10 d attached to the free end side of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59, and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • Prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the free ends of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. Consequently, the first movable panel 58 rotates counterclockwise about a left end 58 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 59 rotates clockwise about a right end 59 a as an axis.
  • The control unit 13 detects by the position detecting means unit 14 that the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 have rotated approximately 90 degrees, and stops the motor 10 a. Consequently, the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 move in a double door opening manner and the inlet 56 is opened.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 51 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. Then, the free ends of the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 descend in the direction of the inlet 56. Consequently, the first movable panel 58 rotates clockwise about the left end 58 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 59 rotates counterclockwise about the right end 59 a as an axis.
  • The control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 have reached the inlet 56, and stops the motor 10 a. In this way, the inlet 56 is closed.
  • With this indoor unit 51, the movable panel 57 is formed by the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59. The first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are both arranged on the inlet 56 in a freely rotatable manner. The first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 are both horizontally arranged on the inlet 56, and thereby the inlet 56 is closed. The first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 both rotate toward the inside of the casing lower portion 4, and thereby the inlet 56 is opened.
  • With this indoor unit 51, the inlet 56 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 55 improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 57 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 56, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted. In addition, since the first movable panel 58 and the second movable panel 59 move without protruding from the bottom panel 55, the external appearance of the bottom panel 55 does not become impaired.
  • Sixth Embodiment
  • Next, a sixth embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 8( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the sixth embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 8( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 65 is disposed with an inlet 66 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 4 d out of which air is blown.
  • When an indoor unit 61 is not operated, a movable panel 67 completely closes the inlet 66 and thus the inlet 66 is not exposed.
  • The movable panel 67 is formed by a first movable panel 68 and a second movable panel 69, and the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 can rotate in a direction into the casing 2.
  • In FIG. 8( a), a right end 68 a of the first movable panel 68 and a left end 69 a of the second movable panel 69 are rotatably supported on the inlet 66 by a hinge mechanism.
  • The wire 10 b extends upwardly from a left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and a right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69, and is led to the motor 10 a via the plurality of pulleys 10 c.
  • Prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 are pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. Consequently, the first movable panel 68 rotates clockwise about the right end 68 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 69 rotates counterclockwise about the left end 69 a as an axis.
  • The control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 have rotated 90 degrees, and stops the motor 10 a. Consequently, the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 move in a folding movement and the inlet 66 is opened.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 61 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backwards and the wire 10 b is loosened. The left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 descend in the direction of the inlet 66. Consequently, the first movable panel 68 rotates counterclockwise about the right end 68 a as an axis. Likewise, the second movable panel 69 rotates clockwise about the left end 69 a as an axis.
  • The control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the left end 68 b of the first movable panel 68 and the right end 69 b of the second movable panel 69 have reached the inlet 66, and stops the motor 10 a. In this way, the inlet 66 is closed.
  • With this indoor unit 61, the movable panel 67 is formed by the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69. The first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 are both arranged on the inlet 66 in a freely rotatable manner. The first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 are both horizontally arranged on the inlet 66, and thereby the inlet 66 is closed. The first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 both rotate toward the inside of the casing lower portion 4, and thereby the inlet 66 is opened.
  • With this indoor unit 61, the inlet 66 is closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 65 improves. In addition, since the arrangement pattern of the movable panel 67 changes depending on an open state and a closed state of the inlet 66, the differentiation of the product can be induced by the visual effect in which the design changes. Accordingly, the appeal of the product in the market is promoted. In addition, since the first movable panel 68 and the second movable panel 69 move without protruding from the bottom panel 65, the external appearance of the bottom panel 65 does not become impaired.
  • Seventh Embodiment
  • Next, a seventh embodiment of the present invention is described. Note that the elements same as those in the first embodiment are denoted by the same reference symbols, and the descriptions thereof are omitted. FIG. 9( a) is a cross sectional view of an indoor unit according to the seventh embodiment during non-operation, and FIG. 9( b) is a cross sectional view of the same indoor unit during operation.
  • A bottom panel 75 is disposed with an inlet 76 into which air is sucked, and an outlet 78 out of which air is blown. When an indoor unit 71 is not operated, a first movable panel 77 closes the inlet 76, and a second movable panel 79 closes the outlet 78. Thus, the inlet 76 and the outlet 78 are not exposed from the bottom panel 75.
  • The first movable panel 77 moves in the vertical direction, thereby opening and closing the inlet 76. The second movable panel 79 moves in the horizontal direction, thereby opening and closing the outlet 78.
  • The driving 10 includes the motor 10 a, the wire 10 b, the plurality of pulleys 10 c, and the plurality of hooks 10 d, and moves the first movable panel 77.
  • Further, the driving unit 10 includes another motor 10 a, a ball screw 10 e, and slide screws 10 f, 10 g, and moves the second movable panel 79.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 71 is stopped, the first movable panel 77 closes the inlet 76, and the second movable panel 79 closes the outlet 78. Therefore, only the peripheral boundaries of the first movable panel 77 and the second movable panel 79 are visible on the bottom panel 75.
  • When the indoor unit 71 is about to start operating, prior to the start of operation, the motor 10 a rotates, the wire 10 b is wound up, and the first movable panel 77 is pulled up into the casing lower portion 4. In addition, when the indoor unit 71 is about to start operating, prior to the start of operation, the other motor 10 a rotates the ball screw 10 e and moves the slide screw 10 f and the slide screw 10 g in a sliding manner toward the center of the bottom panel 75.
  • In the front view of FIG. 9( a), the slide screw 10 f is connected to the second movable panel 79 on the left, and the second movable panel 79 on the left moves to the right as the ball screw 10 e rotates. In addition, in the front view of FIG. 9( a), the slide screw 10 g is connected to the second movable panel 79 on the right, and the second movable panel 79 on the right moves to the left as the ball screw 10 e rotates. Note that the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 77 has risen to a predetermined height, and stops the motor 10 a.
  • Further, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the second movable panel 79 has moved to a predetermined position, and stops the other motor 10 a.
  • When the operation of the indoor unit 71 is stopped, the motor 10 a rotates backwards, the wire 10 b is loosened, the first movable panel 77 descends, thereby closing the inlet 76. Further, the other motor 10 a rotates backward. In the front view of FIG. 9( a), as the ball screw 10 e rotates backward, the second movable panel 79 on the left moves to the left, and the second movable panel 79 on the right moves to the right, thereby closing the outlet 78.
  • Note that the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the first movable panel 77 has reached the inlet 76, and stops the motor 10 a. Further, the control unit 13 detects by the position detecting unit 14 that the second movable panel 79 has reached the original position, and stops the other motor 10 a.
  • The indoor unit 71 is equipped with the casing 2 embedded in a ceiling and the bottom panel 75 exposed from a ceiling surface. The bottom panel 75 is disposed with the inlet 76 into which air is sucked, and the outlet 78 out of which air is blown. The driving unit 10 moves the first movable panel 77 in the vertical direction without causing the first movable panel 77 to protrude from the bottom panel 75, thereby opening and closing the inlet 76. Further, the driving unit 10 moves the second movable panel 79 in the horizontal direction without causing the second movable panel 79 to protrude from the bottom panel 75, thereby opening and closing the outlet 78. The filter 9 is housed in the casing 2, and is arranged away from the bottom panel 75.
  • With this indoor unit 71, the inlet 76 and the outlet 78 are closed during non-operation and forms a planar portion. Accordingly, the percentage of the planar portion without an opening increases and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 75 improves. In addition, since the first movable panel 77 and the second movable panel 79 move without protruding from the bottom panel 75, the external appearance of the bottom panel 75 does not become impaired. In addition, the shape of the bottom panel 75 is hardly limited by the filter 9 and the flexibility of the design of the bottom panel 75 improves. Further, since the filter 9 is located at a position that is not noticeable by people, contamination on the filter 9 does not impair the external appearance of the bottom panel 75.
  • Other Embodiment
  • While the present invention has been described, the specific configuration is not limited to the above-described embodiments, and various changes and modifications can be made herein without departing from the scope of the invention.
  • For example, in the above embodiments, the driving unit 10 is constituted by the motor 10 a, the wire 10 b, and the pulleys 10 c, however, the driving unit 10 may be constituted by a motor and a gear.
  • INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY
  • As described above, the indoor unit of the present invention is useful as an indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded type or ceiling-suspended type air conditioner in which the flexibility of the design of a bottom panel thereof is desired to be improved.

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1. An indoor unit of a ceiling-embedded air conditioner or ceiling-suspended air conditioner comprising:
a bottom panel constituting a bottom surface;
an inlet disposed on the bottom panel;
a movable panel configured to close the inlet during non-operation; and
a driving unit configured to move or rotate the movable panel,
wherein
during operation, the movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
2. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1, further comprising
a fan configured to suck air in through the inlet; and
a filter configured to remove dust sucked in by the inlet, wherein
the filter is connected to the movable panel and moves therewith to a predetermined mounting position.
3. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1,
wherein
the movable panel is formed by a plurality of smaller movable panels, and
during operation, the plurality of smaller movable panels move and are arranged in a pyramid shape above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
4. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1, wherein
the movable panel is formed by at least a first movable panel and a second movable panel, and
during operation, the first movable panel and the second movable panel rotate and open upwardly above the bottom surface of the bottom panel.
5. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1, further comprising:
an outlet disposed in the bottom panel; and
a second movable panel configured to close the outlet during non-operation,
wherein
during operation the movable panel moves or rotates and recedes above the bottom surface of the bottom panel, and
the second movable panel moves or rotates away from the outlet.
6. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 5, wherein
during operation, the second movable panel moves in a parallel manner toward a center of the bottom panel.
7. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1, wherein
the driving unit uses a motor as a driving source.
8. The indoor unit of an air conditioner according to claim 1, wherein
the bottom panel and the driving unit are provided as an assembly.
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