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September 1, 2015, 2:22 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Century Bank & Trust

Century Bank & Trust had a “wish list” when they were on the market for an HVAC unit to replace their 25-year-old system: high efficiency, more controls capabilities and an easy installation that wouldn’t interfere with daily operations. The bank consulted with HVAC Contractor Scott Reaves, senior project manager, Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc., who used EnergyPro modeling software to track the energy consumption at the time and predict future energy consumptions in various scenarios. The best scenario? Installing our R2-Series VRF system.

Hear Scott discuss the actual energy savings post-installation, and the other factors that turned the standard HVAC remodel into a “much larger story.”

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August 13, 2015, 2:14 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Bill and Pam Kirby

Bill and Pam Kirby were interested in selling their Wilmette, Illinois home. They remodeled the home with the latest bells and whistles to appeal to prospective home buyers. When it came to updating the HVAC system, Bill and Pam wanted it to be high-performing, efficient, capable of being controlled remotely and zoned for different areas of the home. Our system was a perfect fit.


Watch the video below to hear Pam, a real estate agent, explain how our ductless system maximizes their home’s appeal. Hear how it fits their needs while they’re still living in the home.


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April 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Consumer Testimonials: Ed & Stephanie Pacheco

Neighbors of Ed and Stephanie Pacheco were investigating a carbon monoxide leak when they discovered another serious health risk – asbestos in their HVAC ductwork. After hearing the news from next door, Ed and Stephanie took a look at their own HVAC unit and decided it was time to replace the 39-year-old natural gas system. High energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact were at the top of the couple’s list.

Listen to Stephanie, an environmentalist, explain how our ductless system maximizes the home’s energy- and water-saving features. Click here to learn what Ed likes most about their comfort system.

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November 25, 2014, 2:06 pm

How VRF Zoning Help Hospitals Save

There were 7,156 hospitals in the U.S. in 1975; currently, there are 5,723. The competition among hospitals to attract patients, and thus stay in business, has never been stiffer. As Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter explained at the recent Hospital of Tomorrow Conference, hospitals that provide the highest value care at the lowest cost will outlast those that don’t, so cost savings is key.’s Executive Editor Greg Zimmerman points out that hospitals can start saving with energy management. Hospitals are one of the largest consumers of electricity in the commercial sector so managing a building’s energy usage smartly and efficiently can offer substantial savings. You need to be able to evaluate the building’s performance and have hard data in order to optimize its efficiency and reduce energy costs. “We collect data so we can understand operational and demand profiles. When you focus on how systems are being used, where there is inherent energy waste, you can determine where the energy savings are,” said Michael Della Barba, director of commissioning services at Environmental Health & Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts.

Cooling and heating contributes to nearly half of a building’s energy consumption. So outdated, inefficient HVAC systems can be significant energy drains. Hospitals that choose Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems make a particularly wise investment. Here’s why:

  • Zoning. Although hospitals provide around-the-clock care, seven days a week, not even half of the facility is used 24/7. You wouldn’t leave every light on in a hospital, only the ones in the occupied rooms. The same is true for HVAC. The zoning capabilities of VRF zoning systems give hospital administrators control where and when energy is spent by conditioning only the areas in use.

  • Control. VRF zoning systems feature intelligent, intuitive controls that allow facility managers to easily and conveniently control the building’s systems. Our CITY MULTI Controls Network lets them set an operating schedule tailored to the needs of the patients, staff and the building.

  • Savings. In addition to lower utility bills, some of our VRF zoning systems are ENERGY STAR®-qualified and can help earn tax rebates. VRF zoning systems are cost effective over time as well. The systems’ payback period is just 10 years.

Click here to learn about hospitals that have benefited from our VRF zoning systems. To read Zimmerman’s full article, click here.

October 1, 2014, 1:58 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Josée Lavoie

DeLand, Florida homeowner Josée Lavoie was looking for an energy-efficient HVAC system that would help her home achieve green certification, and our MXZ multi-zone heat pump system fit the bill. Watch the video above to hear about the installation and what Josée likes most about her new comfort system.

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September 25, 2014, 11:22 am

Project Profile: Governor’s Mansion, Augusta, Maine

Efficiency Maine reports that more than 5,000 ductless heat pumps have been installed in Maine since 2012. Buildings throughout the state are becoming more energy-efficient as awareness and encouragement of ductless technology continues to spread. The 181-year-old Blaine House, the mansion where Maine’s presiding governor lives, is one of them.

Our heat pump was installed in the sleeping quarters of the Blaine House in fall 2013 to provide adequate heating for the governor throughout last year’s exceptionally harsh winter season. The rest of the Blaine House, however, still relied on an oil boiler system for heating and 26 window air-conditioning units for cooling. The mansion guzzled 5,074 gallons of oil last year alone, which led to a costly $16,775 utility bill and sparked the governor’s search for a new and better HVAC system for the house.

Augusta Fuel Company (AFC), Augusta, Maine, was tapped for the HVAC makeover. AFC’s Marty Roy has a wealth of experience with our technology and immediately knew our systems would be the best fit for the job. “I knew I could save a ton of electrical work using Mitsubishi [Electric], and provide the Blaine House with a better product,” Roy said. Governor LePage was also “sold on them,” having witnessed the benefits firsthand last winter.

With everyone on board, the team installed 22 units in June 2014 to replace all the window air-conditioning units. The indoor units were painted to blend into the interior décor and the outdoor units were camouflaged behind shrubbery to maintain the Blaine House’s quaint exterior appearance. The ductless design, installation flexibility and minimal demolition allowed the project team to preserve the historic architecture. Perhaps the biggest feat? At least 75 percent of the mansion’s heating is expected to come from our systems, which will optimize the building’s efficiency and comfort while decreasing its energy costs and environmental impact.

The Blaine House makeover is one step in Maine’s plans to install energy-efficient HVAC systems in all of Augusta’s state-owned facilities, which will displace 1.1 million gallons of oil a year. To learn more about the installation, click here.

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