5 Ways Purchasing a Zoned Comfort Solution Pays You Back - Bob Vila

5 Ways Purchasing a Zoned Comfort Solution Pays You Back

Are sky-high energy bills driving you to rethink how you achieve comfort in extreme temperatures? Get to know the five ways in which mini-split systems from Mitsubishi Electric can start sparing your wallet as soon as they're installed.

5 Ways a Mini Split Can Save You Money

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Is your existing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system due for an upgrade, or even approaching the end of its life? (The expected lifespans are, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, 10 years for air conditioners and heat pumps, and 15 for furnaces and boilers.) Well, chances are that most of the options for simply replacing it will translate into some energy savings. Not every new system, however, will stretch your energy dollar to its fullest potential. For that, you need to look for a system that offers uncomplicated installation, superior efficiency, and flexible settings. Homeowners can expect all these benefits and more with ductless and ducted Zoned Comfort Solutions™ from Mitsubishi Electric. Keep reading to learn what sets these systems apart from the rest of the field—and how each defining feature can mean more money in your pocket.

1. Easy, Efficient Installation

When you’re upgrading your home’s AC system, there are many options to consider. Do you have uncomfortable areas in the home today? If the answer is yes, consider zoning. A Zoned Comfort Solution from Mitsubishi Electric can provide many possibilities for energy efficiency and comfort. You can go completely ductless, utilize existing ductwork, or combine the two. You may choose to simply replace the existing outdoor and indoor system in an ultra-efficient system from Mitsubishi Electric or decide to treat certain areas of the home as separate zones. This allows each zone to be controlled separately for personalized comfort and energy savings. Each of these zones may utilize ducted (short duct runs) or ductless technology. Ductless is a simple installation connecting the outdoor unit to the indoor unit with two small pipes. No need for extensive duct runs throughout the house. These systems have a  wide range of capacity allowing use in small to large applications. Ducted options provide the ability to use existing ductwork or better yet make use of shorter duct runs by splitting the large zone into smaller zones. A Zoned Comfort Solution from Mitsubishi Electric can connect up to eight indoor units to one outdoor unit providing an efficient cost for installation.

What it means for your wallet: Minimal renovation requirements mean minimal labor costs (not to mention time!) to install a new system.

2. Individualized Comfort

5 Ways a Mini Split Can Save You Money

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Unlike traditional central HVAC systems that treat the entire home like one area with a bunch of ductwork and just one thermostat, Zoned Comfort Solutions help homeowners achieve greater comfort precisely where they need it. Install a mini-split in a sunroom, bedroom, or basement, and you’ve divided your home into distinct zones that can be controlled by separate controllers and heated or cooled to different temperatures simultaneously. The zones themselves can be individual rooms or larger areas, like an entire floor. Not only does zoning result in greater comfort for everyone in the home, it also ensures that no conditioned air goes to waste. When a zone is not in use, simply turn that zone off. You’re not paying to condition unused spaces, unlike conventional systems. This precise targeting of heating and cooling saves energy and lowers operating costs.

What it means for your wallet: By bucking the idea of cooling or heating an entire house at once, Zoned Comfort Solutions from Mitsubishi Electric enable homeowners to use energy only where it counts and save money by not conditioning unoccupied spaces.

3. No More Hot Spots

By definition, a home treating all spaces the same is a single-zoned home—but the target temperature is determined by the conditions nearest the home’s one thermostat, which can’t account for temperature differences elsewhere in the house. Yet, because different rooms are subject to varying amounts of shade or direct sun, and because people move between rooms, some stay cooler or warm up faster than others. In a single-zoned home, in order to cool off a hot spot, for example, you either have to lower the temperature throughout the whole home (a financial drain) or rely on extra help from unattractive, bulky appliances like window air conditioners and box fans. Mitsubishi Electric’s Zoned Comfort Solutions offer a built-in, unobtrusive remedy for these temperature differences: a ducted or ductless zoned product. The problem spot becomes its own zone, providing control of the space independent of the rest of the home.

What it means for your wallet: By isolating hot or cool spots with Zoned Comfort Solutions, you can condition them without affecting the rest of the house.

4. Higher Energy Efficiency

In addition to its ability to better target cooling or heating where it’s most needed, mini-split technology from Mitsubishi Electric also addresses two other sources of energy inefficiency associated with conventional HVAC equipment: their long runs of ductwork and their constant on-off cycling. For starters, the ductless indoor unit option eliminates possibilities of air leaks, which, in a whole-home forced-air system can account for energy loss of up to 30 percent. With the ductless system, heating and cooling power has to travel only a short distance through refrigerant piping from the outdoor unit to the compact indoor unit, which dispenses cool air directly into the space.

Equally important, the system avoids wasting additional energy through starts and stops, as the noisy cycles of forced-air systems do. Zoned Comfort Solutions from Mitsubishi Electric run continuously and almost silently on very little energy, thanks to its highly efficient inverter-compressor technology. These sophisticated models use sensors to continually respond to changes in outdoor and indoor temperature conditions, and then ramp up or down accordingly rather than wasting energy by turning off and on Together, these improvements can shave an impressive 30 to 40 percent off energy costs for homeowners who switch over from a traditional forced-air system.

What it means for your wallet: Shorter duct lines and consistent, low-power usage saves homeowners on their energy bills month after month.

5 Ways a Mini Split Can Save You Money

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5. More Usefulness Year-Round

Homeowners in the market for a new air conditioner should also evaluate their boiler to see how much time it has left, as investing in a system that combines the two appliances’ functions means one less thing to worry about. The installation of a Zoned Comfort Solution from Mitsubishi Electric delivers year-round comfort by using a ductless heat pump to both cool and heat. In the summer, the system collects heat from the home and expels it outdoors. Then, in the winter, the operation reverses: Heat from compression is used to warm the air indoors—and, thanks to the advanced Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology, it does so reliably even when temperatures dip below zero outside, even as cold as -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Even better, homeowners can expect energy savings in the winter similar to those they enjoy in summer!

What it means for your wallet: Because Zoned Comfort Solutions are high-performance heat pumps, you get efficiencies all year long, possibly eliminating the need for the costly heating fuels and auxiliary heating systems.



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