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Green Builder Chooses Mini-Splits for Whole-House HVAC

One of the “greenest” home builders in North Carolina, a firm widely recognized for green innovation and commitment to environmental sustainability, has taken their commitment to high efficiency HVAC to a new level. 

Anne & Bradshaw General Contractors, Inc., based in Wrightsville Beach, NC, a suburb of Wilmington in an area known as Cape Fear, chose “green build” as their strategic path several years ago.  “We’ve never regretted the move,” said Pamela Fasse, general contractor and partner in the firm. “I’ve considered myself an environmental builder for many years, with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability, but went all-out ‘green’ about four years ago.  It appears that we were green before green was in style.... > more 

Ductless System Rescues a Home from Decades of Discomfort

Barrie and Jaqie Coxe own a two-story, 2,400 square foot, three bedroom home in Kaleden, BC.  Three years ago they bought the 16-year-old house.  But the family’s discomfort settled in as they experienced the approach of their first winter in the home. 

“Some parts of the home were too warm.  Other spaces were too cold.  And the cost of attempting to heat the house added a whole new level to our discomfort,” said Jaqie.  They quickly discovered that the home’s electric resistance heaters were burning the bank account... > more

 Fujitsu Wins Rural Pennsylvania Home Tug-of-War

When they built their two-story, 3,000 s.f. home in rural Lancaster County, PA seven years ago, the Thomas’ were sure that the bonus room above the three-bay garage would be used for storage.  But eventually their interest in using most of the space as a media room won the tug-of-war. 

When Dave Yates, president of York, PA-based F. W. Behler, Inc. was called in to offer an opinion, he recommended a ductless split system heat pump by Fujitsu. The installation was completed by two professionals in less than three hours.  Today, the Thomas’ enjoy year-round comfort with 20 SEER, and 10 HSPF operational efficiency – almost off the charts for standard (non-geothermal)... > more

 When Mom Returns from War

After 22 years in the US Air Force, Staff Sergeant Sue Preiss learned that she would soon leave her home and family near Honolulu, Hawaii to spend six months in Iraq. 

News coverage of the war, focusing on the risks of duty half way across the world, stirred her husband’s resolute commitment.  When she returns from her tour of duty in Iraq,” he recalled, “I knew that we’d have to make a lasting statement.” 

At Sue’s departure, tears rolled and promises were made.  Sue vowed that this would be her last tour of duty.  Just before she boarded the jet, she spoke the words... > more

75-year-old mini-Tudor gets inverter technology
As seen in Contractor Magazine, December 2008

ARLINGTON, VA. — There’s very little that’s typical about Rich Abernathy, president of Air Cool & Heating Systems, a seven-person firm based in Alexandria, Va. He’s an explorer, always looking for new ways to tackle a challenge. “I need to be aware of new and emerging technology solutions.

Especially now, with energy concerns riding high on my customer’s list of concerns,” said Abernathy. In the past year or so, they’ve seen a dramatic shift away from standard HVAC systems. His customers want solar heat and photovoltaic, geothermal, radiant heat and high efficiency ductless systems. ... > more

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