St. Joseph's School Outside

St. Joseph School (St. Joseph’s), a small, private Catholic school in Pilot Grove, Missouri, has been in operation since 1902. After many years running on an outdated boiler system and noisy window units, the school needed to find a system that could efficiently cool and heat the 5,400-square-foot building year-round without disrupting day-to-day activities. The solution: Zoned Comfort Solutions® from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.

Cooling and Heating Challenge

Nichole Watring, principal, said, “The boiler system that was in place previously didn’t heat the rooms evenly. The building is a two-story building with a basement and the upstairs rooms were always much warmer than the downstairs rooms. There wasn’t a way for the teachers to control the temperature in their rooms and the HVAC window units were very noisy. It was hard to hear when the units were running but when they were turned off, the rooms warmed up quickly.”

Utility bill savings was also a huge factor in the renovation. The school had previously replaced its air conditioners almost every three years. With these needs in mind, the school began its search for a new system and reached out to Jamie Callahan, director of field operations, Air and Water Solutions, Columbia, Missouri, to assist in the process. Immediately, Callahan believed there was only one solution for St. Joseph’s – zoned technology.

The Comfortable + Efficient Solution

“The school didn’t want to reuse the gas boiler, and with the energy efficiency of Mitsubishi Electric units, it was the only option,” said Callahan.

Since installation, Callahan has received nothing but positive feedback from the school, specifically with the system’s ability to offer cost savings. He said, “From what I’ve heard, the school went from paying thousand-dollar electric bills to paying $245 a month. That’s nearly 25 percent of the original cost.”

Students and faculty have reaped the benefits too. “We have not had any issues with the system and the teachers and students love that they can control the temperature of their rooms,” explained Watring. “It’s much quieter and more efficient than the previous system. The students especially love the burst of cool air when they come in from recess on hot days.”

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