7 Reasons to Choose Zoned Cooling and Heating

For decades, forced-air systems have dominated the cooling and heating market in the United States. Americans have learned to live with it, in part because of their limited exposure to alternatives, even though forced-air provides almost as much frustration as comfort. However, many technologies have advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, including cooling and heating. Now, homeowners in the U.S. are finally beginning to look beyond traditional forced-air and consider a next-generation option already popular in Europe and Asia—zoned cooling and heating. A leader in this growing category, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric) offers a suite of options that delivers superior performance at a low cost. Learn why increasing numbers of budget-conscious, comfort-craving homeowners are steering clear of traditional systems and choosing zoned cooling and heating technology for year-round comfort.

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  1. Total Comfort

    Total Comfort

    You're most likely accustomed to the staccato, stop-and-start operation of traditional forced-air cooling and heating. Systems cycle on and off, in the process creating uncomfortable, sometimes drastic indoor temperature swings. To safeguard your comfort, a Mitsubishi Electric system works in a completely different way. Rather than subject the environment to ups and downs, the system constantly monitors a zone's temperature and precisely adjusts to match the demand at any given time. That way, you always get the temperature that you expect. 


  2. Customization


    Typically, one thermostat controls the temperature of an entire home. To cool or heat any room, you must run the entire system (and pay for the energy consumed) in all rooms, even the ones you’re not occupying. Next-generation systems reject the all-or-nothing approach. With Mitsubishi Electric, you can establish multiple zones and control each one independently. That means no longer paying to make empty spaces comfortable. Plus, different family members with different temperature preferences can all be comfortable at the same time under one roof!


  3. Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency

    It's a common complaint: With forced-air systems, cooling and heating costs an arm and a leg. That's largely because ductwork is notoriously leak-prone, often losing enough energy in transit to compromise overall system efficiency by up to 25 percent. Because zoned systems are, well, zoned, Mitsubishi Electric suffers no similar disadvantage. By distributing air directly into the conditioned spaces of your home, and by operating on comparatively less electricity, Mitsubishi Electric systems can save the homeowner 30 to 40 percent on monthly energy bills.

    Mike Crews

  4. Air Quality

    Air Quality

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in our homes often contains more airborne hazards than outdoor air. Traditional forced-air systems only aggravate the problem, with ducts collecting and then distributing dust and other particulates throughout the entire home. Through advanced multistage filtration, Mitsubishi Electric zoned systems not only remove contaminants from the air, but also reduce the spread of viruses, bacteria and odors. Ultimately, you enjoy improved air quality and a healthier, more comfortable living environment.


  5. Easy Installation

    Easy Installation

    Putting a traditional forced-air system into a home without existing ductwork would entail a large-scale renovation, with contractors opening walls, ceilings, and floors—and sometimes altering the home exterior or individual room dimensions—all to accommodate the network of air conduits. In contrast, zoned systems are compact and noninvasive. A basic Mitsubishi Electric system includes only an outdoor condenser and indoor unit, with refrigerant pipes connecting the two through a discreet three-inch hole. Depending on the home, technicians may be able to complete the installation within a single day.


  6. Versatility


    Though your existing cooling and heating system may be doing a fine job, it's not uncommon for one or a couple of rooms to never feel quite comfortable. In this situation, you may want to rely on a zoned system to provide supplementary cooling and heating, ensuring comfort in peripheral spaces, such as a sunroom addition. In the future, if you were to extend your system, you wouldn’t have to start over. With select outdoor units from Mitsubishi Electric, you can install additional indoor units over time, gradually creating a comprehensive new climate control solution. Talk with your contractor about your plans.

    Mike Crews

  7. Year-Round Performance

    Year-Round Performance

    In the past, in extremely cold climates, zoned systems sometimes failed to deliver home heating with ultra efficiency. But today, thanks to Mitsubishi Electric's patented Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ technology, a zoned system can deliver efficiency and comfort benefits all year round, even at temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Switching between cooling and heating modes? It's as simple as pressing a button on the handheld remote controller. Whether your region faces extreme heat, extreme cold, or both, choose a zoned cooling and heating system from Mitsubishi Electric to achieve lower expenses and, most important, unparalleled comfort.


  8. For More...

    For More...

    For more about ductless cooling and heating, consider:

    Next-Generation Ductless HVAC Brings Home Total Comfort

    Ditch the Ducts: Choose Ductless HVAC for Savings and Comfort

    Streamline Cooling and Heating with One System for Year-Round Comfort

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