How to Design Around Your HVAC - Bob Vila

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Designing Around Your HVAC

Homeowner fact: We have to “live around” certain home necessities—like electrical cords, utility meters, and ugly, loud HVAC components—right? Wrong! Read on to learn how you can achieve comfort at home with design-smart cooling and heating options.

How to Design Around Your HVAC

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Comfort and convenience don’t have to compromise your home’s design aesthetic. Innovative and viable alternatives to conventional heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating (Mitsubishi Electric) are so compact and subtle that the delivery of conditioned air goes practically undetected. A combination of ducted and ductless components offers nearly invisible comfort, from installation through operation.

How to Design Around Your HVAC

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SIMPLE, SPEEDY INSTALLATION
A conventional system utilizes an extensive amount of ductwork which runs a higher risk of being installed improperly. Looping and dipping in long duct runs can lead to compromised airflow. The more ductwork throughout the home, the more likely you are wasting energy through leaks and inefficiencies.

Zoned Comfort Solutions™ from Mitsubishi Electric are turning these conventional methods on their heads. In fact, depending on the configuration recommended to heat and cool any space in your home, the system can often be installed in less than a day by a qualified Diamond Contractor™ (a certified Mitsubishi Electric installer). If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Ductless options, for example, need only a three-inch opening in the outside wall to run two small pipes between the outdoor condenser and an indoor air-handler. No extensive remodeling or renovations required!

UNOBTRUSIVE DESIGN
What sets Mitsubishi Electric apart from the rest? Their cooling and heating systems are equipped with variable speed heat pump technology, meaning it can save homeowners up to 40 percent on energy costs. Now most homeowners who have heard of mini-splits, or variable speed technology, immediately think of an indoor unit sitting prominently on the wall, but Mitsubishi Electric provides many more options than the wall-mounted product. Indoor unit options are dependant on the configuration of the system, style needs, and engineering design, and even include ducted versions. Ducted systems typically utilize shorter duct runs but can be utilized to condition small or large spaces depending on the requirements and function like a traditional air conditioning system. Added bonus: Installation is so painless that you may hardly see the contractors, let alone the new HVAC components!

“Mitsubishi Electric has always prioritized the needs of homeowners, which are often comfort, indoor air quality, and energy savings,” says Michelle Robb, director of residential marketing at Mitsubishi Electric, “but now we can also reach those who want a beautiful room.” That’s right: On top of the advanced comfort control, dependable service, and innovative technology (for instance, the heat pumps’ Hyper-Heating INVERTER technology can deliver heat even when outdoor temperatures drop to -13 degrees Fahrenheit), Zoned Comfort Solutions are also easy on the eyes.

Even ducted units from Mitsubishi Electric tuck neatly into wall and ceiling cavities, with their short-run, low-profile ductwork fully concealed and, as already mentioned, the flexible multi-position air handler can be strategically positioned nearby. For rooms without enough space behind the walls, Mitsubishi Electric offers its Designer Series, attractive wall-mounted mini-split units that allow your HVAC system to complement your design scheme rather than fight it. These appliances boast a sleek and modern design that comes in three finishes: a glossy black that exudes luxury; a silver that pairs well with stainless steel appliances; and a white that effortlessly integrates with light, modern interiors.

And, thanks to the unique compatibility among most Mitsubishi Electric products, homeowners don’t have to choose just one style for the whole house—they can mix and match! Any home can feature both slim ductless units and ducted styles. In the same way that Zoned Comfort Solutions offer more control by splitting a home into zones that can be cooled or heated by separate temperature controllers, so too can the system offer greater design customization from zone to zone.

 

How to Design Around Your HVAC

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WHISPER-QUIET OPERATION
Given all the effort Mitsubishi Electric has put towards designing Zoned Comfort Solutions that are practically invisible, rest assured that the system won’t disturb your comfortable indoor sanctuary by making lots of noise. Unlike old, outdated cooling and heating systems, ductless and short-run ducted systems deliver cooled and heated air directly to the rooms they serve, with quiet variable-speed fans. Indoor units function as low as 19 dB(A), quieter than a human whisper, while the outdoor units operate as low as 58 dB(A)—about the level of a restaurant conversation or background music.

The secret to the system’s enhanced invisibility? All the components are designed to work in quiet harmony and incorporate sound-limiting features like an insulated compressor compartment and vibration dampeners. You won’t even hear the system start up as you would conventional HVAC equipment, because its highly efficient INVERTER-driven compressor technology lets the system run constantly. When the temperature set point is adjusted, or conditions outside change, the compressors ramp up or down using the minimum energy required. That way, your cherished interior spaces will be free of distraction, whether auditory or visual, and all you’ll experience is calm, quiet comfort.

 

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