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July 21, 2016, 9:00 am

Comfort, Over the Airwaves

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In our newest radio ad, our “official-sounding scientist” takes listeners through the personalization abilities of our Zoned Comfort Solutions, emphasizing lower cost for greater comfort. It goes something like this –

Regulating the temperature in a car happens in one of two ways: either the air is on full blast, or the windows are open, often battering back seat passengers with whipping highway winds. Without either option, the car quickly becomes a mobile sauna. It’s difficult to regulate temperature in such a small space and for a relatively brief time, so it’s a necessary evil. That shouldn’t be the case in a home or office, however, where many rooms can satisfy many needs, yet that is exactly what traditional cooling systems do.

Catch this new ad over the airwaves to see for yourself how our official-sounding scientist captures this key messaging.

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June 20, 2016, 9:00 am

How Can More People Use Less Energy?

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Ensuring that everyone has a comfortable place to live is always a concern for municipal housing authorities, but as rental space is increasingly scarce and homeownership less frequent, increased low-income housing developments are a mainstay.  ProudGreenHome.com recently highlighted a low-income retrofit in Washington, D.C. – an area desperately in need of financially viable housing solutions. The challenge of low-income retrofits like these is designing high-capacity housing units with low energy consumption.

Specifically with low-income housing – which is primed for retrofit applications and caters to a variety of families and their needs – the challenge is two-fold. First: How do you conserve energy usage while trying to build larger facilities to house more people, inevitably requiring more energy consumption? Secondly: How do you provide quality, comfortable housing without being cost-prohibitive?

You may be involved in a large public works project. If so, keep in mind that our systems offer a compelling solution for energy efficiency. The ability to target specific zones and varying energy needs make our systems an appealing option for this type of retrofit since they help many families meet many needs. For example, the J.L. Young Apartments run by the Tampa Housing Authority, Tampa, Florida used our split-ductless solutions to reduce its yearly HVAC consumption by 1,149,980 kWh, equating to a yearly expenditure reduction of $97,207.

Projects like these illustrate just how effectively our systems can reduce energy waste and ensure that, regardless of how much energy is used, it is only energy that is needed.

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June 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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Pastoral vistas are almost a prerequisite for a winery, as are unique entertainment spaces where customer comfort is key. At MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (MacRostie), Healdsburg, California, Luke Higgins, director of operations, wanted “an environment of casual sophistication.” The selected HVAC system had to contribute to that environment.

“They also wanted a very open feel to the project,” said Sean Froom, PE, LEED AP, project manager, TEP Engineering, Santa Rosa, California. As the engineer on the project, Froom worked to have a clean, open aesthetic, which meant, “ceilings as high as possible with no exposed ductwork.”

For such an interior space, especially in a building where the options for system location were limited, our system was an excellent solution. Higgins said, “The facility is not ideal for HVAC with so much indoor-outdoor flowing space. So a multi-zone approach made sense.”

Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system could meet every request on the wish list: quiet operation for customer conversation, a small footprint in tight spaces, high efficiency and an aesthetic fit. Moreover, for the cooler, autumn months, Higgins wanted their concrete floor to give off radiant heating. Using a hydronic heat exchanger, Froom’s team was able to tie in this radiant heating system with the VRF system. The result of the decision to go with VRF over a conventional HVAC system was “our dream tasting room,” according to Higgins.

To read more about MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, check out the case study.

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May 11, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: North End Apartments

In Boston’s historic North End, the combination of extreme cold weather and colonial architecture make bringing comfort systems into old, closed-off buildings a demanding challenge. This is especially difficult while trying to maintain the charm and aesthetic of these structures.

Matt Donaghey – builder and managing director at Cricket Realty Holdings, LLC, Waltham, Massachusetts – was familiar with our products. Because of this, he knew that they would be the ideal fit for the strict demands of his Prince Street apartment building. “For the space, we knew that this system was the only realistic option,” Donaghey said.

Part of that was guaranteeing operation during extreme weather. “Usually, the cold isn’t something we need to consider all that often – most systems can handle our weather – but last year (when Boston experienced record snowfall) that really changed. Now we need something that can be highly efficient, especially in really cold weather.” This was the mindset that brought Donaghey to the decision to select our compact Zoning Comfort Solutions™ with Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) technology.

A once old and inefficient building that relied on unattractive window units for cooling and an ancient boiler for heating now has a clean look and reliable efficiency – not to mention heat! “When you have continuous days of sub-zero weather, you have to have the confidence that the system can continue to work,” Donaghey said of his completed project.

To read more about the North End Apartments, check out the case study.

May 4, 2016, 9:00 am

Shades of Comfort

We always work to make our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ fit personally into consumers’ homes and lives. Our newest television ad series, “Shades of Comfort,” shows how our zoning systems help each family member stay comfortable – whether they are sitting down to dinner together or reading in a room alone. It also shows the power of saving money by not conditioning unoccupied rooms! In short, it’s a visual representation of what it means to personalize one’s comfort. The new ad series went live in March on Golf Channel, where it will run for the remainder of 2016. It will also be featured throughout the summer on home improvement channels such as DIY and HGTV, as well as other national cable channels like Food Network, Travel Channel and Discovery.

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January 20, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile – Bethesda Passive House

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Bethesda, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Washington, DC enjoys mild winters but endures oppressive summers. As a result, the challenge when planning the area’s first certified Passive House project was installing a system that could handle these hot, humid summers, even in a tight space. The design team selected our S-Series system to answer that need.

The neighborhood produced an additional challenge: aesthetics. Bethesda is full of high-end neighborhoods, so choosing a system that could match the area’s upscale look and feel presented limitations. Our systems provided an easy solution. Architect David Peabody said, “Working the equipment into my design didn’t present many challenges.”

He continued, “[Multi-zone systems] are pretty much the only approach anyone’s using for Passive Houses,” and with good reason. Using our technology, the Lindholm family – who purchased the home post-construction – pays just $57/month on average for cooling and heating. The average energy bill in Maryland is $193/month, and $280/month in the Bethesda area alone. Martin Lindholm said, “We were looking for a bigger house and were interested in a smaller carbon footprint.” We’re glad that our products could be such a flexible solution on this monumental project.

Read the full case study for more details.

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January 8, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Garland DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

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For homebuilder Steve Brown, working around the renovation constraints of a 51-year-old home in Garland, Texas, proved as overwhelming as some good ol’ Texas heat. Nevertheless, Brown pushed that challenge further – seeking to create a home so energy-efficient that a renewable energy system could offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. What resulted was the country’s first “deep rehab” home to earn certification from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. We’re excited to say that our technology helped make it possible.

Brown described the layout of the house as “static” and “closed-off.” Since natural airflow was stifled, in-home comfort was entirely left to the HVAC system. Brown said, “Mitsubishi [Electric] is whisper-quiet and it has a good circulation pattern. We’re getting a throw of 20 feet.” The fact that our system was “whisper-quiet” was a particularly important factor. Brown said, “We’d used Daikin before but the blowers are a little loud.”

The final product in Garland is unmatched. While neighbors have paid upward of $400 per month for electricity, homeowner Bonnie Sanchez has spent an average of $102 – and as low as $37. We’re thrilled (but of course not surprised) to see such savings, and honored that our technology was selected to show what the ZERH program can accomplish.

Read the full case study for more details.

December 23, 2015, 9:00 am

Keep Warm at Work This Winter Without Worrying About Costs

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From extreme temperatures to weather-related absences and sporadic holiday schedules, office spaces can often waste energy and become uncomfortable in the winter months. This discomfort can cause employees to struggle through an on-again-off-again wrestling match with their sweaters. Happily, FacilitiesNet said there’s a solution: “If people are allowed to talk to and control the Internet of Things, it will be advantageous.”

With an abundance of smart technology – especially smart phones – employees can provide information about their individual comfort, and help to make heating systems more efficient in the process. Encouraging employees to interact with automation systems through app-based technology helps these systems to easily account for a wide range of data – identifying and maintaining the most agreeable office space. Businesses can further maximize employee comfort and minimize energy use by investing in interconnected systems that recognize fluctuations in weather and need.

We’re excited that as temperatures continue to drop, the Internet of Things continues to build momentum. Perhaps this is the last year office workers will need to do the sweater wrestle.

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December 21, 2015, 11:32 am

Project Profile: Jesuit Spirituality Center at Saint Charles College

 

dec22Most retrofits are challenged by the difficulty of replacing old, cumbersome ductwork, but imagine retrofitting a building designed before air conditioning! That was the challenge in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where Reverend James P. Bradley, S.J., wanted to update the HVAC system at the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Saint Charles College. The solution to that challenge: our VRF technology.

The century-old building houses a novitiate (Jesuit training center), a spirituality center for retreats and a 22-bed assisted living facility. For such a large, diverse project, Larry Blanchette, the project’s engineer, elected to use our VRF technology for a number of reasons:

  1. Cost Efficiency – Compared to the chilled water and hot water system that Blanchette initially planned to incorporate, VRF simply priced out better.
  2. Spacing – In a building that covers the equivalent of a city block, there were a number of large beams hidden in the structure. The building’s size and layout presented a challenge that VRF’s compact design was able to help navigate.
  3. Mold – With high humidity and 22 elderly residents, mold was a constant threat. VRF offered personalized comfort and better indoor air quality. “A couple men had asthma and allergy problems, but they’ve gone away,” said Bradley.

Above all, a central controls system has made managing the facility not only convenient, but has also kept the project under the expected cost.
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December 14, 2015, 2:34 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Sister Joyce Hollkamp



The Sisters of St. Joseph (Sisters), Third Order of St. Francis, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, had three goals when renovating their circa 1925 building: cut energy costs, go green and expand individual comfort and control. To do this, the Sisters replaced their boiler system with our WR2- and R2-Series VRF systems. The result: a 74 percent reduction in energy usage and $80,000 a year in savings.

Watch Sister Joyce Hollkamp reflect on VRF’s benefits in the below video, and read more about the project.

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