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January 26, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Concord Riverwalk

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A few years ago, Dan Gainsboro, founder and principal of NOW Communities, LLC, Concord, Massachusetts, built the award-winning community of Concord Riverwalk. The West Concord, Massachusetts, development consists of 13 Zero Energy Ready Homes.

While planning the development, Gainsboro faced his largest challenge ‒ finding a system that would cool and heat the homes in an unpredictable climate while also offering impressive energy efficiency. With research and expertise from ZeroEnergy Design, Boston, Gainsboro knew our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ would keep these houses comfortable and efficient even in New England’s icy winter weather.

Gainsboro said, “Japanese-designed mini-splits are just bulletproof. They require little maintenance and are reliable. And the efficiencies!” Gainsboro also noted how year-round performance was a big consideration in the selection process. He continued, “I’ve had good luck with Mitsubishi [Electric] in the past; they’re a bit ahead of the others in terms of addressing concerns related to heating.”

Since project completion, Concord Riverwalk has received media attention across the building industry, applauding its innovative concept and exceptional performance. According to Gainsboro, the residents have also been extremely pleased, especially with their homes’ comfort and low energy costs. Gainsboro said, “I think people are generally pretty satisfied with the return-on-investment for their high-performance home. I believe one resident’s daily electricity is 25 cents a day!”

To read more about Concord Riverwalk, check out the full case study here.

January 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Stash Residence

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When Jenny and Aaron Stash wanted to settle down in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, they searched for a house that would meet their requirements. For the Stashes, that meant sustainability, high indoor air quality and energy efficiency. After an unsuccessful search, the Stashes decided to build a home of their own. They carefully designed and built a three-floor, 3,500-square-foot house and incorporated many sustainable elements into its architecture. The Stashes outfitted the home with bamboo flooring, fiber-cement siding, LED lighting and one of our extremely energy-efficient cooling and heating systems.

The Stashes called in Michael S. Kollman, AIA, LEED AP and the president of SmartHaus, Inc., Prairie View, Illinois, a high-performance home design-build company, to find an HVAC system. The selected system would need to provide year-round comfort and be energy-efficient. Kollman worked with two University of Illinois engineers to find an answer for the house. The result: our Zoned Comfort Solutions™.

Kollman said, “Mini-split heat pumps with a conditioned energy recovery ventilation system would give us all the features we wanted and the highest-obtainable indoor air quality. We also looked at geothermal, radiant and forced air systems, but because the envelope is so efficient we just didn’t need a tremendous amount of energy. Mini-splits were the perfect solution.”

The Stashes’ home qualified for LEED® Platinum certification thanks, in part, to our system’s ability to reduce distribution losses and optimize energy. In addition to helping achieve LEED certification, our system also allowed the Stashes to see a great reduction in energy usage. Compared to other houses in Illinois, the Stashes’ home uses just one-quarter of the energy each month!

To read more about the Stashes’ LEED-certified home and how it saves energy all year round, check out the full case study.

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September 14, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Tiny Surf House

In the early 2000s, the tiny house trend hit the ground running when homeowners wanted to embrace a simplified lifestyle. As featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living, tiny house owners Mark and Jen Athanacio loved this new lifestyle because it combined affordable living and comfort in a small space. However, these advantages also came with a question – how can you adequately cool and heat a 224-square-foot house?

When the Athanacios moved from an efficiency apartment to a tiny house in Naples, Florida, they wanted an HVAC system that would provide quality cooling and heating without the stress of having to pay hefty household bills. The Athanacios worked with Speedy Air Conditioning, Inc., Naples, one of our Diamond Contractors™ to select a system that would also give them the ability to adjust airflow throughout the small space.

Limited interior space can be a challenge, but our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ proved to be a perfect fit for this tiny house. Just because the Athanacios’ cooling and heating system is small and their bills are low doesn’t mean their comfort is reduced. Talking about our M-Series system, Mark said, “It’s so quiet. I’m standing under [the indoor unit] right now and still talking on the phone! Overall, it’s just been fantastic. The system is so much more efficient and it looks so much better than window units. I don’t know why more people don’t do this.”

To learn more about how easy it is to install one of our zoned systems in a tiny house, read here.

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June 23, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile – Bonobo Winery

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When it comes to wineries, comfort can be dramatically different from room to room. This was a challenge for brothers Todd and Carter Oosterhouse, the latter of shows like TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and HGTV’s “Carter Can.” The Oosterhouses selected our zoned comfort solutions to condition a variety of spaces at their new Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, Michigan, including the barrel room, office space and hallways. Todd noted that, “Our winemaker likes to keep everything cold, so it’s been helpful that the units maintain the desired temperature for us. You can raise the temperature in individual offices, though, if someone wants it warmer. Not everyone likes it so cold!” Our zoned comfort solutions have made handling each of Bonobo’s zones possible.

In conceiving, opening and running the winery, the Oosterhouse brothers’ focus beyond just making Bonobo a pleasant destination for visitors was “to be as energy-conscious as possible through the whole project,” said Todd. This concern was not just a product of the brothers’ upbringing, but being in environmentally conscious California. Todd, Carter and Carter’s wife, Amy Smart, fully-embrace the environmental goals of their home state, so “mini-splits just made sense.”

Pat Harrison, estimator, Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, Traverse City, recommended our system to meet the Oosterhouses’ needs, because he knew that it would be reliable. Harrison said, “Mitsubishi [Electric] product is our No. 1 product for split systems. The reason is performance – fewer callbacks.” Todd agreed, saying, “The Mitsubishi [Electric] system was right in line with our energy-conscious goals. So we went for it. And, happy to say, the installation was pretty seamless.”

To read more about Bonobo Winery, check out the case study.

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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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May 25, 2016, 9:00 am

Diamond Contractor Spotlight: Darin Almeida

Our residential solutions provide convenient, specialized installations for contractors and comfortable, personalized spaces for homeowners. To see how Climate Heating and Cooling, Inc. brought targeted comfort to a home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, check out Diamond Contractor Darin Almeida on our Diamond Contractor Spotlight, featured on YouTube.

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.

April 19, 2016, 9:00 am

Compact Enough for Your Beach Bag – The Tiny Surf House on HGTV

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This Sunday, April 24, HGTV will be re-airing the episode “Mark and Jen’s Tiny Surf House” on the show Tiny House, Big Living. Complete with a kitchen, bedroom, office and loft space, as well as a patio and garage, this home covers just 224 square feet. A single Mitsubishi Electric split-ductless unit conditions the entire space.

To see more of the Tiny Surf House, tune into HGTV on Sunday at 12 p.m. EST.

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April 12, 2016, 9:00 am

Introducing the New HM Model Line

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Later this month, we are releasing our new HM model wall-mounted system, a value-line that appeals to cost-conscious customers. The HM models offer competitive options across various models. Model features include:

  • Single-zone heat pump systems: 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 kBtu/h
  • Efficiency: 18 SEER / 8.5 HSPF
  • Blue fin coating on outdoor system for increased coil protection and longer life
  • Four fan speeds
  • Cooling operating range: 14° F to 115° F
  • Heating operating range: 5° F to 75° F
  • Handheld remote controller
  • 12-hour timer
  • ECONO COOL mode
  • Auto restart
  • Auto changeover
  • M-NET interface (CN105)

This new pro-line model is perfect for installation in expansive residential projects such as condominiums and apartments, especially given the product’s increased energy efficiency and reduced footprint.

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April 5, 2016, 12:22 pm

Last Chance to Take Advantage of Our “Bundle Up For Spring” Incentive Program

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In this spring season of rebirth and renewal, we are rewarding contractors who sell our ductless products on more jobs through our “Bundle Up For Spring” incentive program. But hurry, because the program ends on April 30, 2016.

For every qualified claim, we will reward the contractor monetarily via a prepaid Visa card, which will be reloaded as additional sales are reported. Other details include:

  • Contractors need to register claims on ductlessrewards.com.
  • Proof of purchase for verification (e.g. shipping receipt, invoice or packing list) should be uploaded, emailed or faxed. Units must be purchased during promotion dates (give promotion dates here February 15 – April 30, 2016).
  • Only residential applications qualify. Multifamily projects with an existing quote and/or special pricing do not qualify.
  • The deadline for contractors to submit claims is Friday, May 13, 2016.
  • Qualified equipment includes all M-Series unit, the new Altios™ system and the wireless interface for kumo cloud™.

For additional questions about the program, email support@rewardhq-cs.com or call (800) 278-1517.

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