Alpine Ductless: Ductless Heat Pumps Are The Environmentally Responsible Choice
May 30, 2017
Ductless heat pumps are environmentally responsible heating and air conditioning systems. That’s why
we chose to sell and install them. Here are some of
the ways that ductless systems are considered ‘green’.
· About 30%
of a home’s energy can be lost through traditional ductwork...That’s 30% of
your home’s energy lost! Ductless systems require no ductwork.
Ductless heat pumps have earned ENERGY STAR’s ‘Most
Efficient’ rating for being 2.35 times more efficient than the government’s
minimum standard for energy efficiency.
Ductless systems use ‘Inverter Technology’. This
translates to energy efficiency, continuous comfort and quieter operation due
to lower RPMs
Many manufacturers include sensors in
their indoor units that adjust temperatures and air flow based on room occupancy
thereby reducing energy use.
But the environmental impact of a Ductless Heat Pump's consumer-use
stage is only part of the picture. The major manufacturers of Ductless Heat Pumps (Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and Daikin) all have strong environmental policies and strive to be good stewards of the environment during manufacturing, and through community activities. Here is a brief summary of those policies:
· Reduction of CO2 emissions by products through
more advanced, energy-saving technologies
· Reduction of harmful emissions during
manufacturing process for cleaner, safer air quality
Reduction of waste water and harmful chemical emissions during manufacturing process
Recommendation that their global business offices
and manufacturing plants practice environmentally responsible daily procedures,
such as recycling
Education of employees in wise environmental
practices in the work place.
Initiating global activities that help promote
Let’s look at some specific environmental policies. Mitsubishi
has Eco Changes. Within that is ‘Environmental Vision 2021’ that aims to contribute
to a sustainable society through advanced technologies and activities. They
emphasize recycling and reducing manufacturing waste. Read more about
Mitsubishi’s commitment to the environment at http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/eco/
Fujitsu promotes environmental conservation
through the sales and distribution of environmentally responsible products.They strive to use environmentally friendly resources from suppliers who follow
They provide ‘In-House Environmental Educational and
Enlightenment Activities’ for their employees aimed at better work place
environmental management. Employees participate in three educational activities
to learn how to be more environmentally aware in their daily work tasks, and earn
rewards for contributing to environmental awareness in their work place.
Daikin’s Environmental Policy includes
making products that reduce CO2 emissions through the use of better
refrigerants and developing more energy-efficient technologies. By the year
2020, Daikin plans to contribute to CO2 reductions of 60 million tons by
selling more of its energy efficient inverter products and convert to
low-global-warming-potential refrigerants. Their Action Plan 2015 included a
mission to contribute to global CO2 emissions reductions by 30 million tons. In 2015, it was estimated that 29.93 million
tons were eliminated. They are committed to better use of resources to reduce
waste; reduce the amount of water used in manufacturing; reduce the amount of
emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds); have more factories achieve ‘Green
Heart Factories’ and ‘Green Heat Offices’ certifications, meaning that the
factories and workers adhere to environmentally responsible practices; and to implement
and contribute to global environmental activities. To see how Daikin is
contributing to reducing CO2 emissions through global projects, go to http://www.daikin.com/csr/forests/index.html
Changing the way we heat and cool our homes is a start at reducing our impact on the environment. And, choosing products from manufacturers that have strong environmental policies in place is important.
Alpine Ductless is a certified Master Installer with the Northwest Ductless Project. We proudly serve the Thurston, Pierce, Mason, Lewis and South King county areas. Our goal is to help you determine the best system for heating and cooling your home.