How Do Mitsubishi Electric Systems Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

How Do Mitsubishi Electric Systems Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

As the U.S. increases its focus on reducing carbon emissions, Mitsubishi Electric heat pump systems help you maintain high levels of year-round comfort while decreasing your impact on the environment. They help reduce your carbon footprint by providing sustainable and energy-efficient operation without burning fossil fuels for heating. 

 

MOVEMENT TOWARDS ELECTRIFICATION

Natural gas, oil and propane furnaces and boilers generate heat by burning fossil fuels which produce carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon emissions are bad for the environment and contribute to global warming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the burning of fossil fuels to heat homes and commercial buildings accounts for 13% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. There’s a movement called Strategic Electrification aimed at reducing GHG emissions by promoting highly-efficient, electric-powered mechanical systems to heat homes and buildings. At the same time, strong efforts are underway to green up the power grid, so electricity is produced by renewable sources like wind, water, and the sun. U.S. consumers generated 21% of their electricity from renewable energy sources in 2020, per the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In the coming years, this percentage will increase due to government mandates, improved technologies, consumer demand and the declining cost of renewable energy for utility companies. Analysis from the Rocky Mountain Institute suggests an evolving risk-reward calculus is leading more investors to finance power plants equipped for renewable energy over projects requiring gas.  

 

ELECTRIFIED COMFORT

Mitsubishi Electric’s mini- and multi-split heat pumps use refrigerant to move outdoor heat energy indoors to keep your home warm. And when the weather’s hot, your Mitsubishi Electric system reverses the process to provide air conditioning by removing heat from inside your home and sending it outdoors. Read more here about how our heat pumps work. As electric grids become cleaner, our all-electric Zoned Comfort Solution® will further reduce your impact on the environment.

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT OF MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MINI-SPLITS

To evaluate the carbon footprint of our mini-split heat pumps, you have to consider the following factors: 

  • the efficiency of the fuel-burning system you’re comparing to (oil, propane, and natural gas)
  • the carbon emissions from your state’s electricity production
  • the climate zone you live in
  • the efficiency rating of our electric heat pumps
  • the zoning advantages of our heat pumps

 

In most cases, there’s a net positive reduction in GHG emissions with our heat pumps. In states like Maine, recognized as a “low-carbon” state, our heat pumps produce significantly less net carbon emissions than fuel-burning heaters. In addition, during the cooling season, our heat pumps are up to 40% more efficient than conventional air-conditioning systems, so you’re significantly reducing your carbon footprint all year long. 

 

EFFICIENCY FOR GOOD

While good for the planet, energy-efficient Mitsubishi Electric heat pump systems also improve your home’s comfort and value. Our mini- and multi-split heat pumps allow you to zone your home with individual indoor units, delivering the precise capacity each space needs. You can set each room to your preferred temperature level. The key technology providing maximum efficiency is our INVERTER-driven compressor. Unlike conventional ON/OFF compressors, ours modulate smoothly to maintain the set point with the least amount of energy required. Read more about our mini-splits here.

 

THE GOAL OF ZERO-CARBON EMISSIONS

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates 50% of consumers want a net-zero-energy home. Intelligent, healthy and sustainable living solutions also help consumers save money on energy, maintenance and operations. A big advantage of our mini-splits is how they facilitate use of renewable energy sources. For example, mini-splits can be paired with solar panels to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. Getting to zero isn't possible with the cleanest fossil fuel burned in the most efficient appliance. And our mini-splits can run on battery-stored power during the night or on a cloudy day. This efficiency makes clean energy immediately practical for more homes.

Whether you’re motivated by a desire to preserve the environment or a need to maintain your home’s value as cities and states mandate decarbonization, Mitsubishi Electric offers solutions to help you reduce your carbon footprint without compromising comfort.