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Sexy Cool – Energy Efficient Home Renovation Update

Sexy Cool – Energy Efficient Home Renovation Update
October 3, 2013 Cassee Cunningham

pinup girl with fan represents hvac update in eco-friendly home renovationCome on…would you have kept reading if I had titled this post “High efficiency Heating and Cooling”? I know it’s not that exciting to read about HVAC systems but give it a shot.  A lot has happened inside and out on our energy efficient home renovation, but the HVAC system is really cool, and it’s finally getting us to the energy efficient stuff.

We chose a ductless system for our downstairs. We have precious few feet to work with on ceiling height and keep the square footage within legal living- area requirements.  So, we took out the soffits that held the old ducting for the big, old Trane furnace and replaced it with a wall mounted ductless unit.  It mounts on the wall, is the size of a suit box, and that’s it.

We chose a Mitsubishi unit for our renovation since they offer some of the most technologically-advanced heat pump systems in the world.  Mitsubishi uses eco-comfort technology to make these systems smarter in how they use energy and minimize their impact on the environment. In addition, advanced features like the i-see™ Sensor, that automatically detects room temperature differences and adjusts for greater comfort, increases the eco-friendly aspect of the unit. The advanced multi-stage filtration systems offered by Mitsubishi dramatically reduce allergens and help eliminate odors. These units also operate with sound levels quieter than a human whisper.

Unlike the inefficient heat pumps of the past, no cold air is blown with Mitsubishi Electric’s Cooling & Heating systems. The Hot StartTM system doesn’t activate the fan until the desired temperature is reached, so it never blows cold air. Select Mitsubishi models also use Hyper-Heating INVERTER (H2i®) technology that operates effectively down to -13º F. These models give true year-round comfort from a single system.

In the upstairs we put in a duct system, because it is cheaper, but used the attic to house all of the ducting and gained much needed floor space from the old vents that are now in the ceiling.  The upstairs and downstairs share the same high efficient condenser unit that is outside.

For more information on the ductless unit we chose, check out the Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling website.  And to see the work we’ve done up to now, check out the past blog posts written about the energy efficient renovation house!

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