Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division Helps Reduce Nonprofit Apartments’ Operational Costs

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SUWANEE, Ga., January 30, 2013 - Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division, America's No. 1 selling brand of ductless cooling and heating systems, has donated new high-efficiency cooling and heating equipment for use in the renovation of a six-unit apartment building owned and operated by Washington, D.C.-based Community Connections.

Community Connections is the largest not-for-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in Washington, D.C. The donation of the energy-saving equipment is expected to greatly reduce the operating costs of the building, allowing the nonprofit service provider to use the money saved to increase its services to those in need.

The project was completed in December 2012 by nonprofit charitable construction program HomeAid Washington DC (HomeAid DC), a local chapter of HomeAid America. It is part of the national Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) launched by HomeAid America and initially funded through a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Mitsubishi Electric donated equipment from its energy-efficient Hyper-Heating (H2i®) line of split-ductless HVAC systems, which provide heating at 100 percent capacity at temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit and operate at efficiencies of up to 26 SEER.

The Mitsubishi Electric units replaced window air conditioning units and forced-air, gas-fired furnaces - some of which were original to the 1956 building - in each of the apartment units.

ESP enables organizations such as HomeAid DC to retrofit existing facilities serving homeless and at-risk populations with energy-efficient upgrades, resulting in a minimum 40 percent reduction in energy use. According to HomeAid DC, organizations such as Community Connections can benefit from lower monthly energy expenses, allowing them to expand service capacity based on the overall reduction in operational costs.

"Heating and cooling costs comprise approximately half of an average building's energy bills," said John Clements, senior product marketing manager, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division. "By replacing the existing 50-year-old HVAC units in the apartments with our efficient split-ductless technology, we knew we had the opportunity to make a huge impact on Community Connections' bottom line. Now, the organization is free to use the funds otherwise spent on high energy bills towards expanding its services in the community."

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About Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division

Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division is headquartered in Suwanee, Ga. We are a leading marketer of Mitsubishi Electric intelligent air-conditioning and heating technology in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1982, we introduced our state-of-the-art, split-ductless air conditioners and heat pumps in North America. We expanded our product line with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) zoning heat pump systems using INVERTER technology to offer simultaneous cooling and heating capabilities. We also offer compressors and a full line of air-conditioning accessories. Mitsubishi Electric's HVAC products have won numerous awards for innovation and excellence, including a 2013 Top Products Award from Building Operating Management, a 2012 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products, a 2012 Record Products Award from Architectural Record, a 2012 BuildingGreen Top-10 Products Award for split-ductless and VRF systems, and the 2011 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award for the Dedicated Outdoor Air System. For more information, visit or follow Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About HomeAid Washington DC

HomeAid DC is a program of the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable construction program affiliated with the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association. Founded in 1984, HBCF's mission is to complete shelter-related construction projects by utilizing the building industry's specialized skills and collaborating with existing community service and care providers serving the homeless and other at-risk families and individuals. HomeAid DC is also a local chapter of HomeAid America.

About HomeAid America

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. The HomeAid mission is to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed more than 275 housing projects nationwide with an additional 40 projects in development. HomeAid's facilities provide more than 5,000 beds per night nationwide.

About Community Connections (CC)

Community Connections' core purpose is to improve the lives of women, men and children in the District of Columbia by providing comprehensive mental health services. Since its founding in 1984, CC has been committed to innovative and compassionate mental health, addictions and residential services for the District of Columbia's most vulnerable citizens. Nearly 250 consumers at CC receive apartment support through their supported independent living program. CC has provided affordable housing options for consumers in both the District of Columbia and in Montgomery County, Maryland, since 1986.

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