ProudGreenHome, a news outlet seeking to “inspire homes that honor the human experience,” recently interviewed Kevin Miskewicz, our senior manager, commercial marketing, on what it calls “the crossroads of quality HVAC and energy efficiency” – ductless technology.
In the interview, Kevin talks about the new Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH heat pump systems, the most recent additions to our ductless offering. He details their energy efficiency, SEER rating, zone control capabilities, lifespan, unobtrusive sound and aesthetics – all in under one minute.
Check out the video below to learn more about this groundbreaking technology.
We’re excited to announce that two of our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) heat pump systems have received industry recognition for their innovation:
Our H2i MXZ multi-zone heat pump took the top spot in the Heating category of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards. A panel of ASHRAE members recognized products that provide safer, healthier and more efficient environments. The winning products showcase innovation, market impact and value to users. Attendees will be able to see the H2i MXZ and other award winners center stage at the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago in January
Our H2i R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems won Architectural Products’ 2014 Product Innovation Award in the Building Systems category. A jury of more than 40 industry experts identified products that offer qualities, design, functionality and performance beyond the industry standard and bring ingenuity and innovation to the design industry. You can read more about all the winners in the November issue of the magazine or on their website.
We pride ourselves on our forward thinking. These award wins reinforce our product innovation.
Our customers and engineers got a unique tour of New Orleans, courtesy of our Southwest Business Unit (SWBU). The SWBU held a special event while down in The Big Easy for Greenbuild 2014 and guided select attendees on a tour of the French Quarter. The outing included stops at landmark establishments that highlighted successful CITY MULTI®
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning installations in the popular neighborhood.
The Palace Café, French Market Inn and Tableau Restaurant rounded out the tour destinations. Our Commercial Manager Steve Jones, Mechanical Engineer Henry Delgado and Commercial Regional Manager Keith Reihl discussed VRF zoning technology, its efficiency and benefits at each stop. Attendees also learned about the HVAC problems these historic buildings presented and why our technology was selected as the solution:
- Palace Café: The restaurant’s large, open, two-story atrium features a glass store front that provided an unusual cooling challenge. The previous air-conditioning system simply could not handle the incredible heat-gain from the glass. Our Y-Series heat pump system was installed conveniently using the building’s existing ductwork. Our high-static PEFY ducted indoor units deliver the precise cooling loads of the entire space and optimal comfort for the café patrons, no matter what the temperature is outside.
- French Market Inn: The 1800s hotel needed a highly-efficient system that offered zone control, simultaneous cooling and heating and the ability to preserve its historic architecture. Our R2-Series VRF zoning system offered a solution that did not require structural alterations and the technology needed to better maintain the hotel’s historic integrity. The system’s simultaneous cooling and heating resulted in increased efficiency, energy savings and comfort for all guests.
- Tableau Restaurant: The high-end restaurant needed a system that could maintain the desired temperature throughout the entire dining area, especially when crowded during peak hours, and quiet operation to not disturb guests. Ceiling space was also limited and, because it’s a historic building, the HVAC design had to comply with historical codes and requirements. The restaurant’s owner also owns Palace Café. He was so pleased with the comfort, efficiency, performance and ease of maintenance of our systems that he had our heat pumps installed in the sister restaurant.
Events such as this highlight our commitment to our Mitsubishi Electric supporters and show how proud we are of our installations in historic districts such as the French Quarter.
A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) showed significant regional differences in new single-family homes. NAHB analyzed the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction and focused on a variety of characteristics, from price and design features to building materials and financing. The most drastic differences were in the average sales prices and home sizes from region to region.
Here are other highlights from NAHB’s report:
- Most Expensive. The most expensive homes built for sale last year are located in New England, where the median sales price reached $400,000. Interestingly, New England homes also ranked as some of the smallest, with a median size of 2,240 square feet.
- Least Expensive. Homes located in the East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee) and West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) regions tend to be the least expensive. The median sales prices were $221,000 and $223,000 respectively.
- Siding. Vinyl took the top spot in home siding preferences and was used in nearly 31 percent of homes built in 2013. Brick came in second at 24 percent. Vinyl was most popular in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Brick took the No. 1 spot in the South and stucco was the top choice in the West.
- Foundation. Homes in colder climates like the Northeast and Midwest tend to have basements, while homes in the South are typically built on concrete slabs. Nearly 58 percent of homes nationwide have two or more stories, with the majority located in the West.
- Outdoor Features. Porches ranked as the most popular feature nationwide. Patios were widely popular in the West and West South Central regions. Despite a nationwide decline, decks still remain a top choice for homes in New England, and are featured in 63 percent of the homes built last year.
As the economy and building industry continue to rebound, these findings help us better understand the diverse housing demands from one region of the U.S. to the next. Click here to read the full results of NAHB’s study.
Since today is Veterans Day, we thought you’d like to know about a partnership we’re working on with Operation FINALLY HOME. Operation FINALLY HOME is a nonprofit organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life. The nationwide charity brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations and professionals, individual contributors and volunteers. Operation FINALLY HOME and its supporters help veterans and their families transition to the homefront by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.
Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting partnership. In the meantime, click here to learn more about Operation FINALLY HOME.
Last week, This Old House announced our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH model as one of its Top 100 Products of 2014. This morning, the magazine featured our award-winning cooling and heating system in a special segment on The Weather Channel. The folks at This Old House demonstrated the H2i MSZ-FH heat pump and other Top 100 products to give weather gurus insight on the best home products for the upcoming winter season.
Missed the airing this morning? No worries. Check out the segment online.
We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Conference, hosted this year in partnership with the Association of Energy Service Professionals Southeast chapter and the Cadmus Group. The third annual event starts today in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Attendees will join over 200 SEEA members, energy efficiency experts and stakeholders to examine the multifaceted role of energy efficiency innovations in finance, technology, public policy and programs.
Our very own Paul Doppel, senior director of industry and government relations, will be a speaker to talk on energy efficiency’s role in job creation and economic growth. Paul will be joined by four other industry professionals for the session, “We’re All Hired! Energy Efficiency and Job Creation,” which takes place on Thursday, November 6. The three-day conference includes other panel discussions, networking opportunities and learning sessions, covering everything from “Innovative Approaches to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Clean Power Plan” to “Using Utility Bills to Facilitate Energy Efficiency.” Suzanne Shelton, president and CEO of the Shelton Group, Scott Jenkins, general manager of the Atlanta Falcons stadium, and Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission will deliver the keynote speeches.
To learn more about the conference, click here.
On October 16, we shared with you the activities at the Diamond Contractor Conference in Atlanta. This week we traveled to the West Coast, where more than 400 Diamond Contractors joined us at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the final conference of the year.
The Diamond Contractor Conferences are part of an ongoing initiative to give certified Diamond Contractors the tools they need to grow their businesses through selling ductless technology, today’s fastest-growing segment of the HVAC market. As part of the Diamond Contractor Program, the conferences coach contractors on the valuable business-building benefits of ductless technology. The event consisted of business and sales training, networking opportunities as well as presentations on the current state of the economy, in-home selling tips and techniques and the profitability of selling ductless. Weldon Long delivered his popular seminar titled, “The Power of Consistency – Rock your Business – Rock your Life.”
These events demonstrate our continuing commitment to develop the most extensive, highly-qualified contractor network in the industry. To learn how you can join this elite group, talk with your local distributor.
We’re proud to announce that our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH model was named one of This Old House‘s Top 100 Products of 2014. The magazine’s editors sifted through thousands of submissions to find the best new home products that they believe can make a difference in the lives of the nine million This Old House readers and their families. The winning products, according to the editors, help homeowners save time and money during their home renovations without sacrificing ease or style.
Pick up the November/December issue of the magazine to learn more about the Top 100 products. For information about our award-winning product, click here.
Please join us in wishing Salvatore “Bud” Nardello a dear farewell. Our loyal, long-time employee will be retiring this Friday, October 31.
Bud first joined the division more than 25 years ago as the western regional manager. He was one of the four original team members on board when Mitsubishi Electric first launched ductless technology in the U.S. He served in a number of leadership positions before taking on his role for the past seven years as our vice president of sales.
Bud’s outstanding leadership and enthusiasm for our products and the industry has been integral to our success. We congratulate him on a triumphant career and wish him the best of luck as he moves forward into the next chapter of his life.