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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.

October 15, 2015, 10:28 am

‘Life-Changing Products’ Tour Lands in Maryland

Author and former editor of BUILDER magazine, Boyce Thompson, is taking his “14 Life-Changing Home Products” show on the road again. This time he’ll be sharing our product – and the others he dubs the latest and greatest – at the Maryland Home & Garden Show.

The annual show, held October 16-18, celebrates the transition into fall. The exhibition floor showcases crafts and decorations to get homeowners excited for the new season, and innovative home products to get homes prepared for the cooler months. Boyce will be on the show floor educating attendees on the products they should incorporate into their homes this fall, including our M-Series system.

The show brings together thousands of potential customers who are looking to improve their home. If you’re in the mid-Atlantic area, be sure to stop by!

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October 8, 2015, 4:31 pm

Chattanooga Gets a Net-zero Home

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Last year, we told you how our M-Series systems were featured in the winning design at the NextGen Homes Design Competition. The purpose of the competition was to push the Chattanooga, Tennessee, region’s boundaries by designing, building and offering four homes with net-zero capabilities. The winning design achieved net-zero by pairing our energy-efficient systems with a 9 kW solar photovoltaic array on each home’s roof.

When we last wrote, construction was just beginning. Now, one of the homes is completed and on the market. The house is truly the first of its kind in the area, and we’re honored to have our technology contribute to its sustainability and healthfulness.

Within the next year, all four homes will be completed. We look forward to seeing how this next generation of houses fares – and we’ll keep you updated. Something tells us it will be very inspiring!

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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 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 5, 2015, 2:21 pm

Project Profile: Screven Elementary School

Screven Elementary School (Screven) in Sylvania, Georgia underwent an extensive renovation but one problem still remained: an inefficient and dated HVAC system. The original pipes had deteriorated, and a simple repair was out of the question. Superintendent William Bland found a solution when he attended an educational session on our CITY MULTI® units. “The more we studied and researched and questioned other users, the more we liked the product,” said Bland.

Our VRF system provides easier maintenance with less impact on ongoing operations. The entire installation, completed in less than 12 weeks, took place during the summer when school was out of session. The system is compartmentalized, meaning one part can be serviced without having to shut down the whole system. School officials can control the cooling and heating in each individual classroom from a centralized controller as well.

That control has provided the school with substantial cost savings. The average yearly savings post-renovation is $16,226 a year. Screven was also able to remove the boiler and cooling tower, saving on both energy and gas.

To learn more about this project, click here.

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May 28, 2015, 10:51 am

Project Profile: Sixth St. Passive House

Joey Conover and Jeff Erkelens own Latitude 38, a company committed to sustainable building and energy efficiency. They are so dedicated to this cause that they live in one of their own projects – the Sixth St. Passive House.

When selecting the HVAC for their new 3,168-square-foot home, the couple was tasked with finding a system that would meet the stringent energy efficiency requirements for Passive House certification. They called in Certified Passive House Consultant John Semmelhack, who said our M-Series multi-zone system was “a given” for the job. The bottom floor of the three-story house functions as a rental apartment. The zoning feature gives Joey, Jeff and the tenants personalized comfort control. The system’s INVERTER technology and cooling and heating capabilities deliver the efficiency a Passive House necessitates. In fact, the Sixth St. Passive House currently uses a fifth of the energy that would be expected from a house of its size.

To read more about the project, click here.

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March 5, 2015, 2:32 pm

Project Profile: Little Green House

The lot where the Little Green House resides in Nashville, Tennessee, sat vacant for some time before builder Ryan Nichols, co-founder, Green Home, took interest. The land was tricky to build on due to steep topography and its small size. Nichols, however, saw the lot’s limitations as inspiration to design one of the area’s first passive solar houses.

The result was an 1,100-square-foot icon of sustainable residential development. The home features an angled tin roof with an overhang to control incoming light, a cantilevered second floor, charred oak siding, a rain garden and a glass garage door. Nichols’ team selected our ductless zoning system for the HVAC design. The system’s high efficiency, quiet operation and zone control made it a perfect fit for this sustainable bungalow.

Our ductless system also helped the team achieve its energy goals. The Little Green House averages an impressive $75 per month in electricity bills and earned LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Click here to learn more about the construction of this home.

February 18, 2015, 3:52 pm

Operation FINALLY HOME: Our First Donation for a Hero!

Last month, we were honored to donate our residential systems to a true American hero, and mark the beginning of our official partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME!

The new home belongs to Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey, who was forced to retire after several insurgent attacks left him with severe injuries, following two deployments to Iraq. Ray returned home with a brain injury that required the temperature in his family’s home be kept so low that they had to wear heavy jackets while indoors.

Henley Homes Inc., Liberty Hill, Texas, built the custom and mortgage-free home for Ray and his family.

With the installation of our systems, Henley Homes Inc. was able to provide both Ray and his family with an environment that suits each of their needs.

“In Ray’s situation when you have migraine headaches, PTSD, he needed a dark room that we could get very cold. Mitsubishi stepped up and gave us individual room air conditioners,” said Gary Henley, co-owner of Henley Homes, Inc.

Ray’s incredible story, as well as footage of the home dedication, was picked up by broadcasting stations in Austin and Philadelphia. One anchor, Jennifer Kendall, anchor, Fox News, had it right when she said, “That means for the first time in a long time one American hero can live comfortably in his home of the brave.”

Ray’s full story can be seen here on My FOX Austin.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to Casa Mechanical Services for installing the equipment. We wish Ray and his family the best in their new home and look forward to our continued partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME in the years to come!

We first blogged about our official partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME last Veterans Day.

April 10, 2014, 1:06 pm

Project Profile: Community Connections, Washington, D.C.

April 10_Community Connections ImageCommunity Connections is the largest not-for-profit mental health agency in Washington, D.C., and provides innovative health care and residential services to men, women and children in need. The organization continually strives to improve the lives of the city’s most vulnerable citizens. As part of this commitment, Community Connections installed our systems to help increase comfort and reduce operational costs in one of its apartment facilities.

The Community Connections building used gas-fired furnaces original to the 1950s building and window air-conditioning units for heating and cooling. The system was outdated, inadequate and inefficient. The organization was spending more money on utility bills than it should.

Using our ductless M-Series systems, Community Connections now provides its residents with a consistently comfortable and healthy environment, and the organization is benefiting from the system’s efficiencies as well. The M-Series helped achieve more than a 40 percent reduction in energy use, which led to lower utility bills for Community Connections. More importantly, it allows the organization to better allocate funds to carry out its mission.

Click here to read an article about the project in ACH&R News. To learn more about our ductless systems, visit

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