The Southwest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, like Linden Hills, are full of great shops, parks, and homes like this stucco bungalow. Many of the homes are older and don’t have central air conditioning, and rely on window air conditioners for relief in the summer.
Our homeowners had been relying on their great shade trees to help keep their home cool, but the new owners were having their parents come from Japan to live with them, and it was clear they were going to need more comfort in the summer to make sure the seniors would be comfortable.
The homeowners gave us a call to see if we could design a better cooling system for their home than relying on the noisy, bulky and inefficient window air conditioner units.
4 Zones of Heating and Air Conditioning
When we sat down with the homeowners, one of their largest concerns was to make sure each of the three bedrooms in the home was comfortable, and the kitchen area, where the family spent a lot of time, like most families these days! We knew that a Mitsubishi mini-split ductless heat pump system could deliver the comfort the family needs, while also bringing increased efficiency that will help save them money on energy bills as well.
Mitsubishi mini-split systems are called that because they consist of two main parts- an outdoor heat pump condenser unit, which is then attached to up to eight indoor heads, or cassettes, that are mounted high up on the walls. Each cassette can be independently controlled, creating a separate zone of comfort wherever it is installed. That means that if Mom is cooking in the kitchen and needs a little cooling, she can adjust the temperature there, while someone reading in a bedroom can have an entirely different level of comfort, easily controlled by a hand-held remote. You can even add a thermostat of wi-fi control option for these units as well, if you want to go beyond the hand-held remote, making the systems very flexible for whatever you need.
Mitsubishi ductless heat pump systems also can act as supplemental heaters as well, which can be particularly important when we’ve had the cold winters we’ve had recently, and there are Seniors in the home. As we age, we naturally become less efficient in regulating our body temperatures, (not unlike our homes!) That means Seniors are more sensitive to temperature changes, so having the ability to regulate the comfort levels in each area of the home, and even add a little supplemental heat right where you need it can go a long way to ensure the Parents are comfortable wherever they are in the home.
With this installation, each of the three bedrooms also got its own indoor cassette, meaning that each bedroom can be adjusted as needed. The homeowners might like it chillier on hot summer nights, but the parents might want it a touch warmer or cooler- and by creating separate zones- each person can independently choose that comfort level, keeping everyone happy.
Best of all, this zoning allows you to simply turn off the units as well when they aren’t in use, saving significant money by not heating and cooling areas of the home when no one’s there. And Mitsubishi ductless is also known for being whisper quiet- operating at only 22 db- the level of a quiet library. That means if anyone needs help in the middle of the night, there’s no additional background noise from a bulky, noisy air conditioner to mask the sound- and that will also be important if the family decides to add any little ones in the future!
Quality Installation from the Ductless Experts in Minneapolis, MN
As you can see from the pictures, here at Freedom Heating and Air Conditioning, we also take the time to make sure the lines we install are well hidden and blend into the home as much as possible. That way, you not only get the comfort you want, you also do it with minimal disruption to your home.
We know the family will be happy with their new system and get the year round, customizable comfort they need to make sure everyone in the home is comfortable and gets a great night’s sleep, no matter what Mother Nature dishes out. And we know they will be extra- pleased with the high-efficiency Mitsubishi ductless delivers, which can often save as much as 40% off of energy bills- that’s something every family like this one can appreciate!