Posts tagged ‘retrofit’

May 13, 2014, 3:41 pm

Construction Notes: Novogratz Design Team Chooses Ductless Zoning System for First LA Remodel

Cortney and Bob Novogratz are known for designing, developing and renovating properties around the world. Now, for the first time in over 20 years, the duo is taking their talents to the West Coast with a renovation project in Los Angeles. The project began earlier this month and is scheduled to be finished in mid-July.

The Novogratz were in need of a new cooling and heating system for the home and selected our ductless zoning system for the job. The system will provide indoor comfort for the future homeowners of the charming one-story bungalow, while maintaining the home’s unique aesthetics and openness. Five indoor units will provide individual temperature control. The future owners will be able to remotely control the units through a RedLINK Internet Gateway.

The 1,700-square-foot home has already been gutted and new floors and landscaping will soon be added. The kitchen and bathroom will also be updated with new cabinetry, countertops and tile. New trees and fencing will help spruce up the exterior and add curb appeal. Once completed, the renovated mid-century modern house will be a site to see.

This isn’t the first venture between us and the Novogratz. They’ve been using our systems in their designs for years. Cortney has even been a Mitsubishi Electric spokesperson, touting our systems and how they can be seamlessly incorporated into a home’s interior design. Special thanks to Diamond Contractor Sirius Mechanical who completed the installation.

Check out photos of the LA renovation on the Novogratz’ blog and visit our blog again in July for photos of the finished home.

October 29, 2013, 12:55 pm

Project Profile: Green Acres Barn, Eden Prairie, Minn.

October 29_Green Acres Barn Image 1“If it was a 90 degree day, you just couldn’t be in there,” said Craig Schumacher, president of Countryside Heating & Cooling, about the Green Acres Barn in Eden Prairie, Minn. Schumacher was part of the team tasked with renovating the oldest-standing barn in the city, a project necessitated to avoid its demolition due the county’s plans to widen the Pioneer Trail and consequently replace Green Acres Barn with a drainage pond.

Schussler Creative and well-known as the creator of the Rainforest Café®, teamed up with Schumacher after he read about the fate of Green Acres Barn and purchased the structure from the county. Schussler decided to restore the 6,000-square-foot space into a place that could be used for a variety of events, from weddings and bar mitzvahs to community and charity events.

With that end goal in mind, Schussler, Schumacher and the crew were determined to find a way to maintain as much of the barn’s historic architecture and authenticity as possible while at the same time create a space where people would be comfortable inside. The existing traditional ducted HVAC system just didn’t cut it. The lack of sufficient air conditioning in the hot summer months forced people outside to fight the heat inside. So in order to transform the space into one that’s functional and pleasant to be in, Schumacher recommended our ductless system because “it simply was the right one.”

October 29_Green Acres Barn Image 2The historic elements and structural beauty of Green Acres Barn weren’t sacrificed by the new comfort system but preserved due to the minimal demolition required for ductless installations. Special brackets were made to mount the indoor units and protect the Gothic Arch-shaped roof made of ancient timbers and rare yellow glazed tile. The indoor units were painted to blend in with the wood interior and maintain the barn’s rich and enchanting ambiance.

Most importantly, thanks to the fresh and comfortable air supplied by our ductless system, party-goers can now enjoy the ambient lighting from the 35 crystal chandeliers, the old-fashioned player pianos and vintage jukeboxes, the coziness of the fireplace and wine cellar – all the things that has given Green Acres Barn that wow factor.

For more information on the Green Acres Barn restoration, click here.

September 18, 2013, 10:42 am

Ductless on Every Job: Focus on Older Homes

Last week, we announced the launch of our Ductless on Every Job campaign, which aims to encourage contractors to consider ductless as a solution on every call. On the blog, we’re running biweekly posts that focus on specific installations or situations where contractors can offer ductless as a home comfort solution. This week, we’re highlighting older homes.

September 18_Ductless Older Homes_Image 2The existing home market is growing. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales are up 6.5 percent, the National Association of Home Builders reports that home improvement spending is up 7 percent over the previous year and the median age of the American home is around 36 years. If you haven’t been on a sales call for an older home yet, you’re going to find yourself on one sometime soon.


Here are some common issues associated with cooling and heating older homes and ways that a ductless solution can address them:


The existing HVAC systems in older homes are outdated and ineffective. Let’s face it: HVAC systems in homes that are more than 30 or 40 years old are simply not effective. They run inefficiently, sending energy bills through the roof, and the outdated technology can’t adequately heat and cool the space.

September 18_Ductless Older Homes_Image 1With the zoning capabilities of ductless systems, each room can be individually controlled, providing precise comfort and eliminating hot and cold spots.

Some older homes have no existing ductwork. Often built before central heating and air conditioning were widely available, many older homes have no ductwork at all. A unitary system would require extensive construction and are costly, time intensive and a huge disruption to the homeowner’s daily life.

With a ductless solution, the indoor air handlers are either wall- or floor-mounted and require no ductwork, so homeowners can avoid the enormous cost and inconvenience of installing ductwork.

Ductwork requires extensive space. To retrofit ductwork in an existing home requires taking away from space to make way for the ducts. Ceilings would be lowered or space would have to be carved out of the rooms.

Unlike ducted systems, the footprint of a ductless system is very small. The bundle of refrigerant piping and wires is so compact that only a 3-inch opening in the wall is required to run the lines connecting the indoor unit to the outdoor unit.

Many older homes feature historic architecture. For many homeowners, part of the appeal of an older home is the architectural charm of older structures. Moldings, large windows and other details throughout these homes could be compromised in order to accommodate ductwork.

A ductless solution will modernize the home while keeping the architectural integrity intact. The National Park Service (NPS) and Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings have recognized ductless systems for their ability to help maintain this historic character.

To see how our ductless systems were able to meet the needs of a historic renovation, check out this case study of the the Waggoner Family home in Washington, D.C. – a nearly 90-year-old house that cut its energy bills by 87 percent with Mitsubishi Electric ductless zoning systems.

Keep checking the blog to learn more on how you can get the most out of this Ductless on Every Job campaign. For more information on the promotion, ask your Mitsubishi Electric distributor.

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