SUWANEE, Ga. — Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC (METUS), a supplier of all-climate ductless and ducted mini-split and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat-pump and air-conditioning systems, announced it was the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award in the 2022 CEE Integrated Home Competition in the Connected Heating and Cooling Equipment category for the Deluxe Wall-mounted System with H2i plus and kumo touch wireless controller.
The Integrated Home Competition, presented by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), identifies and supports newly available products designed for comfortable, convenient, connected homes. 2022 marks the first year METUS entered the competition. Judges honored 16 innovative connected home devices demonstrating the four tenets of the CEE Integrated Home Initiative: energy savings, demand flexibility, consumer amenity, and security.
"Thanks to CEE for selecting one of our variable-capacity heat pump systems to be included amongst this year’s honorees,” said Chris North, senior specialist, residential product marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US. “CEE is a true change agent accelerating the development and availability of energy-efficient products. Our systems help homes in all climates maximize their potential for energy efficiency, decarbonization, and comfort without fossil fuels, so we appreciate CEE as a fellow traveler with a complementary mission.”
The honored product, Deluxe Wall-mounted Heat Pump System with Hyper-Heating INVERTER (H2i plus) technology, uses an enhanced compressor system to deliver 100% of rated heating capacity at outdoor temperatures as low as -5º F and continued operation down to -13º F without supplemental heat. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, cold-climate air-source heat pumps can reduce household energy consumption by up to 40%, with homeowners currently using electric resistance (e.g., baseboard heat) or fuel oil heating systems likely to see the most cost savings. Homeowners can use the kumo touch controller, a wall-mounted wireless controller with touchscreen operation, for remote control of personal comfort.
The Integrated Home Competition judges included individuals with expertise in usability, interoperability, energy-efficiency program administration, product installation, technology performance, sales and design. Judges carefully considered detailed product submission information and observed the entries’ operation and user interfaces. The award-winning products will be recognized at industry events, showcased on the Integrated Home Competition website, and promoted by select CEE member energy-efficiency program administrators through local offerings.