October 23, 2014, 9:20 am Filed Under: Industry News

Join Us at Greenbuild 2014 While You Still Can!

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The popularity of the green movement is undeniable, which is why you don’t want to miss out on the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Greenbuild), the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building. Thousands of building


USGBC President Roger Platt presents
the USGBC Best of Building Award to
our Senior Director of Commercial Sales,
Dennis Cobb.

enthusiasts attended the first day of this year’s conference, which takes place this week (October 22-24) in New Orleans. The annual event invites attendees to participate in LEED® workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, network with other professionals and check out new green building products and technologies.

Day 1 was certainly a success for our team. We had the pleasure of visiting with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President Roger Platt, who stopped by our booth on the exhibition floor (booth #2947) to congratulate us on our recent USGBC Best of Building Award win. Many attendees stopped by to learn about our unique, state-of-the-art HVAC systems and solutions as well, including our most recent advancement in intelligent zone control. The SmartME Zone Controller is an innovative single-source integrated controls solution that offers easier, more convenient, system-wide HVAC control and monitoring.

Today’s the last day of the exhibition so stop by our booth while you still can and say hello!

October 22, 2014, 12:31 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

New Partnership Offers Homeowners Financing Options

October 23_Synchrony Financial Partnership ImageNow is the time for homeowners looking for a new HVAC system to take the plunge. We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital) that now makes it easier than ever for homeowners to finance a new cooling and heating system.

The new partnership includes a private label credit card program that applies to consumer purchases of our HVAC products and services. The program allows our nationwide network of contractors to offer special payment options to their customers who purchase our ductless and ducted heat pump systems and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems.

Contractors should contact Synchrony Financial at 877-891-9803 to learn more about leveraging the program’s many benefits. For more information on eligibility, homeowners can visit to find a local certified contractor.

October 20, 2014, 2:04 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

The Washington Post Features One of Our Own!

October 20_The Washington Post Features Smiley El-Abd ImageIf you picked up the October 19 edition of The Washington Post and flipped to Post Magazine (Page 30), you’ll find the friendly face of Smiley El-Abd, one of our commercial area sales managers. The reputable newspaper heard about the comfort Smiley’s been bringing to local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. residents and decided to do a feature on his work in the community. Surprisingly enough, we’re not talking about Smiley’s experience with cooling and heating systems but another lifestyle staple, especially in the nation’s capital: cycling.

During the day, Smiley meets with HVAC customers – architects, contractors and engineers – to educate them on how our systems bring comfort to people’s lives. At night and on the weekends, his clients are cyclists and his systems are bicycles but the way he approaches the job is the same. In fact, he draws on his experience as a mechanical engineer – using physics, geometry and a thorough attention to detail – and applies the same philosophy:

  • The machine should adapt to the consumer, not the other way around.
  • Good performance begins with good “bones.”
  • Make adjustments to optimize performance and enjoyment.
  • Diagnose problems and devise solutions.

Please join us in congratulating Smiley on this well-deserved recognition! To read the full article in The Washington Post, click here.

Written by MitsubishiHVAC
October 16, 2014, 9:51 am Filed Under: Corporate News

TV Star Shares Stories at Diamond Contractor™ Conferences

Richard Trethewey, the famed plumbing and heating expert for “This Old House” programming since 1979, was a special guest speaker at one of our Diamond Contractor™ Conferences held in Atlanta last week.

Richard TretheweyMore than 300 Diamond Contractors attended one of the two back-to-back two-day events that featured presentations from Mike Cappuccio (“Are You Making All You Can Make Selling Ductless?”) and Weldon Long (“The Power of Consistency – Rock your Business –Rock your Life”), among others.

Trethewey shared his experiences as an HVAC contractor over the years as well as some humorous HVAC stories from his projects on “This Old House.”

In addition to his role on the popular home improvement television program, Trethewey consults on residential plumbing and heating projects throughout the country, with current projects in Massachusetts, New Mexico and Hawaii.

Listening to Tretheway’s storytelling, it’s evident that his outlook on the industry hasn’t dulled over the past 30 years. In a recent interview with This Old House magazine, Trethewey shared “the HVAC innovation I’m most excited about is electric heat pump INVERTER technology. Traditional units are either 100 percent on or off. These cold-weather heat pumps use sensors to vary compressor speed based on need.”

Not only is Tretheway a long-time advocate of Mitsubishi Electric systems, but he also shares our enthusiasm for achieving maximum comfort using minimal energy. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a part of the conference’s events.

Trethewey is scheduled to speak at the upcoming conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 26-28. Click here for more information about the conference or to see if you are eligible to attend. To learn more about becoming a Diamond Contractor, talk with your local distributor.

October 15, 2014, 2:34 pm Filed Under: Consumer Testimonial

Consumer Testimonial: Naomi Shimoda

Temperature needs can vary greatly when more than one generation is living under the same roof. Our ductless system lets California homeowner Naomi Shimoda individually control the temperature of each room to meet the precise comfort needs of her large family. Hear why she says our system was the “most logical choice”:

October 14, 2014, 6:10 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

2014 Diamond Service Advisory Conference Recap

Two of our fundamental goals as an HVAC manufacturer are to provide the best products for consumers and the environment and the best support for our customers. We founded the Diamond Service Group (DSG) program in 2003, a nationwide network of qualified Mitsubishi Electric distributors trained to provide top-of-the-line technical support. Every year, our service management team sits down with a select group of DSG members – our Diamond Service Advisors (DSA) – to discuss the current state of the program and ensure that we’re keeping our promise to our customers.

This year, our service management team and DSA gathered at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama for the two-day Diamond Service Advisory Conference. The event included in-depth discussions on everything from program engagement, the current support systems and infrastructure to future expansion, and what is needed for continued program success.

“The DSA Conference was a great opportunity for members to come together, sharing knowledge and expertise on the DSG program,” said Tony Hayes, our senior director of service and technical operations. “Our DSA members consistently collaborate with our team to provide us with DSG program intelligence only gained from years of experience at the distributor level.”

This conference is important because it keeps us in touch with the DSG program, gives us insight on what works and what doesn’t, so that we can develop purposeful goals and objectives for continued achievement for years to come.

October 9, 2014, 3:52 pm Filed Under: Industry News

ASHRAE and IAQA Join Forces

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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA) announced on July 14 that they are combining forces. IAQA, the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association, is now part of the prominent industry organization. The groups will work together to improve indoor air quality in the building environment.

The collaboration is expected to result in stronger programming and services. Indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs for industry members should benefit, as well. The most significant result, as suggested by ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix, is “improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Click here to learn more about the merger.

Written by MitsubishiHVAC
October 8, 2014, 10:38 am Filed Under: Industry News

Industry Celebrates Third Anniversary of First VRF Certification Program

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We introduced Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology to the U.S. more than 10 years ago and currently, it’s the fastest growing HVAC technology on the market. There were two critical steps in its path to industry and end-user acceptance: the passing of Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1230 and the launch of the AHRI VRF Certification Program. This year, we celebrate the third anniversary of its success.

We began working with AHRI and other HVAC manufacturers on the program in 2003. AHRI Standard 1230, the first and only standard in the world for testing VRF zoning products, was passed in 2009. The AHRI VRF Certification Program, which validates the performance of VRF zoning equipment based on the standard, was officially launched in September 2011 with five manufacturers on board – us being one of them. To date, the program includes nine manufacturer participants and 1,367 certified models with at least 168 more expected to be certified this year. We are proud to report that all of our systems that have gone through certification verification testing over the past three years have passed! Here’s why the program continues to pick up steam:

All-Inclusive: The program tests a full range of VRF capacities, from 5,000 Btu/h indoor units to 760,000 Btu/h outdoor units. It allows manufacturers to certify ratings including full load cooling capacity, energy efficiency ratio (EER), heating capacity, coefficient of performance (COP) and simultaneous cooling and heating efficiency (SCHE). The program also provides a method for testing and rating integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER), which involves four tests at different capacities and temperatures to simulate annual usage – this is where VRF really shines.

Third-Party Validation: Products are tested, under the direction of AHRI, at a state-of-the art Intertek facility in Plano, Texas, which was designed with input from all manufacturer participants to ensure that equipment is tested fairly and accurately. Manufacturers’ performance claims are independently measured and verified by the experienced Intertek team.

Reassurance: The program ensures that manufacturers are rating and certifying their products honestly and, better yet, adhere to a higher standard when developing VRF zoning systems. It ensures that products will perform as specified, provide predictability, optimize energy efficiency and improve client satisfaction.

Check out the August issue of JARN for more information on the program. To view the certified products and ratings, go to

October 3, 2014, 4:29 pm Filed Under: Industry News

M-Series Featured in Winning Passive House Design

October 7_Green Spaces NextGen Winning Design_ImageWe are proud to announce that our M-Series systems were featured in the winning design in the NextGen Homes Design Competition. green|spaces, a nonprofit that works to advance the sustainability of living, working and building in the Chattanooga, Tennessee region, hosted the competition that plans to produce four next-generation houses to sell on the local market.

The purpose of the competition was to identify the best design solutions for challenging sites with high performance energy goals. Teams were tasked with designing a single-family detached home that met the following requirements:

  • Did not exceed 2,000-square-feet.

  • Featured at least three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

  • Construction costs did not exceed $140 per square-foot.

  • Produced as much energy as they consumed.

  • Protected and promoted human health.

  • Minimized the production of waste in day to day operations of the home.

A panel of judges reviewed the submitted designs, narrowed the list down to 10 finalists and one winning team: Team 210. When it came to the HVAC design, Team 210 wanted a system that would provide efficient operation, require minimal ductwork and aid in achieving Net-Zero Energy Building certification at a reasonable installation cost. The team decided our systems fit the bill and featured our MSZ-FE  and MXZ heat pumps in their design along with a variety of our indoor units.

Team 210 was awarded $10,000 for its winning design and will work with the project team on developing the drawings, specifications and contracts for construction – Phase II of the competition. The actual construction of the homes, the third and final phase, is scheduled for spring 2015.

We look forward to seeing Team 210’s vision come to life as they begin the next steps towards construction!

October 1, 2014, 1:58 pm Filed Under: Consumer Testimonial

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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