This Winter, Take Control of Your Heating BillsThursday, November 14, 2013
Ductless Heating Systems Customize Your Home to Meet Your Comfort Needs
SUWANEE, Ga., November 14, 2013 - Heating your home accounts for more than 40 percent of your annual energy consumption, according to a 2013 analysis of a U.S. Energy Information Administration study. How can you cut back your energy consumption this winter without sacrificing your comfort? "Remember that each room of your home has unique characteristics," says Mark Kuntz, vice president, marketing & engineered solutions, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division, America's No. 1 brand of ductless cooling and heating solutions. "Spaces and their occupants have various heating needs, so the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to heating your home is ineffective and wastes energy."
That's where ductless zoning systems, which provide heating and cooling without a network of air ducts, come into play. Also referred to as split-zoning, a ductless system links an outdoor compressor to one or more indoor air-handlers (the devices that heat or cool the air) via electrical wiring and small refrigerant lines (see diagram, left). "These systems provide individual comfort control and operate at higher efficiencies than traditional central air systems," says Kuntz. "Because the indoor unit in each room functions as a separate zone, users can easily adjust the climate in each room for optimal energy savings."
The systems are compatible with accessories such as the Honeywell RedLINK Internet Gateway and Portable Central Controller (PCC), which make comfort control easier by allowing users to monitor and operate their systems remotely through Internet-enabled smart devices and use timer functions to selectively cool and heat specific zones as needed. "Rather than keeping each floor or your entire house at one set temperature throughout the winter, you can customize your home to meet your comfort needs," adds Kuntz.
For example, TV personality and New York interior designer Cortney Novogratz uses ductless zoning technology in her own home to fit its unique heating needs. "With the cold winters we have in New York - and all the daylight we have in our Manhattan home - this system gives us the ability to adjust heat from room to room depending upon the amount of sun (or not) and the room temperature preferences of my kids. It gives us ultimate control over our own space."
Infrequently used rooms such as guest bedrooms, bonus rooms and offices can be kept at lower temperatures so the home's energy consumption can be concentrated in the rooms where families spend most of their time, like the kitchen, living room and bedrooms. Temperatures can also be adjusted to reflect personal preference in individual spaces, which means no more fighting between family members on what level to leave the thermostat overnight (see diagram, above, right).
"My kids' rooms can be at a temperature where they're comfortable, while the rest of the house might be set at another temperature," says Novogratz. "One of the reasons my husband and I have Mitsubishi Electric systems in our own home is that they really give us control over our environment."
Kuntz encourages homeowners this winter to reevaluate energy consumption by taking command of their comfort. Mitsubishi Electric ductless zoning systems not only allow you to tailor your home's climate to meet your unique requirements, but these systems can keep your house warm and comfortable, even in extreme cold temperatures, while still operating efficiently. Whether you're planning a home remodel, sprucing up a basement or just tired of wasting energy and money on your outdated heating system, Mitsubishi Electric provides the perfect solution to make your home your comfort zone.
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About Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric) is headquartered in Suwanee, Ga., and is a leading marketer of ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1982, Mitsubishi Electric introduced its state-of-the-art, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps in North America. The product line was expanded with VRF zoning heat pump systems using INVERTER-compressor technology to offer simultaneous cooling and heating. Mitsubishi Electric also offers compressors and a full line of air-conditioning accessories. The Division's HVAC products have won numerous awards for innovation and excellence, including Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2013 Product of the Year Silver Award in the HVAC/R category for the R2-Series, appliance DESIGN's 2013 Excellence in Design Bronze Award, a 2013 Top Products Award from Building Operating Management, a 2012 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products, a 2012 Record Products Award from Architectural Record, a 2012 BuildingGreen Top 10 Products Award for ductless and VRF systems, and the 2011 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award for the Dedicated Outdoor Air System. More information is available at www.mehvac.com and at Mitsubishi Electric's blog, www.mehvac-blog.com. Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
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