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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.

November 12, 2015, 12:25 pm

Another Ductless System for Another ‘Blog Cabin’

© 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC

© 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC

The grand prize in this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin™ Giveaway was a masterful 1970s home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Twenty-three million people entered for a chance to call this ‘Blog Cabin’ home, but it is Albert Zaranka and his wife Ellen who will enjoy the comfort and breathtaking views of this hilltop property.

Builder and design manager Dylan Eastman kept what was salvageable of the original one-story ranch – the foundation and the concrete walls, which he wanted to keep exposed. There were two challenges when it came to the HVAC: the cold, concrete interior and the Upper Northwest climate. Our M-Series Hyper-Heat system offered the solution. Zoned cooling and heating affords the Zarankas personalized comfort in each area of their now multi-level home. Our high performing heat pump will deliver that comfort even in Idaho’s sub-zero winter nights.

This is the third consecutive year we have sponsored the Giveaway. In 2013, our M-Series system helped transform an 1890s rundown home into an awe-inspiring waterfront property in Atlantic, North Carolina. In 2014, it was used in the renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Lake Hamilton, Florida.  Each year, Eastman and his team have turned houses that no one wants into homes millions desire – and we’re proud to have been a part of it.

Got a good transformation story? Share in a comment below!

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October 1, 2015, 5:24 pm

Look for Us on NBC TV!

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Emmy Award-winning TV host George Oliphant and a team of contractors and designers are “helping families one home at a time.” In the October 3 episode of “George to the Rescue,” we join George and crew in transforming one home and the lives of one family in need.

Each episode of the NBC TV special project follows the renovation of a home in the Tri-State area. The upcoming episode shows how our ductless system improves the comfort of a single-family home in Queens, New York.

“George to the Rescue” is broadcasted by NBC affiliate stations in 10 of the largest TV markets nationwide: Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington. Check your local listings to catch the airing this weekend or watch the episode online afterwards.

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September 3, 2015, 5:53 pm

Project Profile: Fahnestock House

Few problems create as much of a challenge in HVAC design as small spaces. This challenge became very familiar to all involved in the renovation of Fahnestock House (Fahnestock) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The building, which provides housing to the elderly and disabled, has 26 apartments ranging in size from 420 to 600 square feet. Fahnestock needed an energy-efficient HVAC system that could handle such tight spaces and long runs for copper lines due to the building’s design.

Only one system was able to meet those needs: our M-Series heat pump. Our indoor units measure only eight inches in height, allowing optimal living space for the residents. Our system also offers up to 100 feet for line sets, providing the necessary design and installation flexibility. “Of all the companies, this is the only one I could get to work. The configurations just fit perfectly,” said Contractor Ken Adams, Ken Adams Mechanical, Inc., New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

The HVAC overhaul improved more than just occupant comfort, however. Window units were replaced with air handlers installed behind the drop ceiling, improving the aesthetics of the building inside and outside. It also significantly improved the building’s efficiency, resulting in a 40 percent decrease in monthly energy bills.

Learn more about the renovation of Fahnestock House.

August 26, 2014, 2:12 pm

Blog Cabin Sweepstakes Gives Homeowners a Chance to Win a Luxury Getaway!

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DIY Network’s Blog Cabin is not your average building show. Viewers don’t just watch the renovation of a house on television; they participate in the “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” process. Viewers vote online on the design features and a panel of expert hosts team up to transform the home. Viewers can then enter a sweepstakes to win the home they’ve helped create!

This year’s home was a 1920s bungalow overlooking Lake Hamilton, Florida. The house had water damage, outdated furniture and an aging furnace system. Project manager Dylan Eastman worked to incorporate the house’s original architecture and materials in the renovation while opening up the space and upgrading the technology. The HVAC system was upgraded to a Mitsubishi Electric M-Series system. This allows the home to retain its charming touches, but transforming into a comfortable and modern space.

Click here to see the home’s dramatic transformation and click here for a chance to make it yours!

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May 2, 2014, 12:19 pm

The Vanilla Ice Project: Round 2

April 25_Vanilla Ice Project 1 ImageIf you missed last week’s episode of the popular DIY Network program “The Vanilla Ice Project,” you’re in luck! A new episode airs this weekend.

What: “The Vanilla Ice Project
Where: DIY Network
When: Saturday, May 3, 10 p.m.
Why: The show picked our ductless air-conditioning system to retrofit several rooms of a Palm Beach mansion.

As we mentioned last week, this season of “The Vanilla Ice Project” follows famous 90s rapper Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) as he renovates a Palm Beach mansion. The episode airing this Saturday, called “Shift Into Gear”, tells the story of the garage and workshop remodel. Vanilla Ice turns a once forgotten space into a finished, practical and conditioned part of the home.

Diamond Contractor Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc., Lantana, Fla., again assisted us on this project. Many thanks to the McGill team!

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments.

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April 25, 2014, 3:04 pm

Watch Us Team Up with Vanilla Ice

April 25_Vanilla Ice Project 1 ImageIf you’re staying home to unwind this Saturday night, tune in to DIY Network for an episode of “The Vanilla Ice Project” – the network’s second-highest rated primetime show.

What: “The Vanilla Ice Project
Where: DIY Network
When: Saturday, April 26, 10 p.m.
Why: The show picked our ductless air-conditioning system to retrofit several rooms of a Palm Beach mansion.

This season of “The Vanilla Ice Project” follows famous 90s rapper Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) as he renovates a Florida home. Each episode focuses on a new room and new job in the house remodel. The episode airing this Saturday, called “The Upstairs Upheaval,” will tackle the second floor, including the game room, deck and kids’ bedrooms.

We’d like to thank Diamond Contractor Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc., Lantana, Fla., for assisting us on this project.

Be on the lookout for another episode of “The Vanilla Ice Project” – featuring our ductless system installed in a remodeled garage – next weekend!

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March 19, 2014, 11:03 am

A Second Time Around for “A Taste of New York”

March 19_Re-airing of A Taste of New York Episode ImageOn March 12, we gave New York Metro Area residents a heads up to tune in to the “Ultimate Home” episode of the city’s popular weekly TV show, “A Taste of New York.”

No need to fret if you missed last week’s episode, which follows the complete makeover of a small historic colonial Long Island home into an awe-inspiring city home with modern-day amenities. The show will re-air on Time Warner Cable Channel 79 at 7 p.m. EDT tonight and then again on March 26 and April 2 at the same times.

Busy on Wednesdays? No problem. Click here to watch a video clip from the episode of our own John Hanley on how our ductless cooling and heating system helped bring the outdated home to life.

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March 12, 2014, 1:46 pm

Look for Us on “A Taste of NY”

March 12_A Taste of New York Episode Airs ImageNew York Metro Area residents: make sure to tune in to tonight’s episode of “A Taste of New York,” to see how we helped transform a small historic colonial home on Long Island into what the show dubs the “Ultimate Home.” The show will air on Time Warner Cable Channel 79 at 7 p.m.

Our ductless cooling and heating system was identified as the ideal solution for the 1,320-square-foot city dwelling, which includes a finished basement and attic as well as three bedrooms. Thanks to its space-saving benefits and industry-leading technology, our system was able to successfully rejuvenate the outdated home and provide the homeowners with the most comfortable environment possible.

So, if you’re in the Big Apple, tune in tonight to catch the episode. But if you miss it, don’t worry – the episode airs again next Wednesday, March 19.

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February 28, 2014, 10:44 am

BPI Partners with BBB to Build Consumer Knowledge

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When it comes to home improvement, consumers aren’t always sure where to turn for trustworthy and accurate information. In fact, home-related topics were the No. 1 search category on Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) websites, with more than 25 million page views last year alone. That’s why the BBB – the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the U.S. and Canada – has partnered with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to develop a new, reliable resource for consumers seeking advice on the subject.

The program, which BBB plans to roll out later this year, is a nationwide initiative to help homeowners make informed decisions on everything from buying, building or renovating a home to improving its comfort, safety and energy efficiency.

What’s more? This partnership will perfectly complement BPI’s upcoming consumer marketing campaign, which will educate homeowners on the best ways to achieve comfort and optimize energy efficiency in their homes through home performance upgrades.

We’re glad to see these two organizations team up to provide consumers with a much-needed resource in the residential building industry. To learn more about the partnership and BPI’s new consumer marketing campaign, read this article on ForResidentialPros.com.

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