Summer 2016 Marks Start of U.S. Cooling Revolution

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With Interest in Ductless Systems Rising, Friedrich Forecasts Major Changes in How Homeowners Beat the Heat This Summer

"Ductless systems allow homeowners to customize their cooling needs, focusing on certain rooms or zones of their home they use most and tailored to the comfort level of individual family members," said TJ Wheeler

Summer officially begins June 20, and this year, it also may mark a time when the U.S. love affair with central air conditioning starts to cool off.

According to Friedrich, a leading U.S. based air conditioning manufacturer, the hot trend for summer of 2016 is a rising consumer interest for more precise and efficient air conditioning. That includes a bigger demand for ductless air conditioning systems. Unlike central A/C, ductless systems work by cooling only the rooms in use, not those that aren’t. Because they offer the advantage of being extremely quiet, sleek and energy efficient, more homeowners are opting for ductless for its ability to cool rooms faster, maintain a more accurate temperature and reduce energy costs. Friedrich Ductless Systems also use inverter technology to better maintain desired temperature more effectively.

“The problem with central air conditioning is that it’s basically all or nothing,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management. “That’s inefficient for how most families live. Ductless systems allow homeowners to customize their cooling needs, focusing on certain rooms or zones of their home they use most and tailored to the comfort level of individual family members.”

Ductless systems come in a range of sizes and capacities. Friedrich offers ductless systems for as many as up to eight rooms on one system and homeowners can choose from single-zone cooling models, single-zone heat pumps that cool and heat, and multi-zone heat pumps that cool and heat multiple rooms. Options include wall mounted units, slim ceiling cassettes and concealed duct units. Costs for ductless systems are comparable to installing central air, but long-term saving potential is greater due to increased efficiency. Because there is no ductwork required, efficiency is also gained by not losing up to an estimated 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky, dirty ducts, also resulting in fresher air.

Ductless air conditioning systems work via a condensing unit with the compressor installed outside the home, and indoor units that contain a fan in the area to be cooled. Refrigerant lines connect the units through walls and electricity is supplied by the outdoor unit, so no additional wiring is needed in rooms where units are installed.

To gear up for the predicted growth and popularity of ductless systems, Friedrich has made an aggressive effort to conduct contractor trainings through the company’s Advantage program, and has trained over 1,000 contractors throughout the country on ductless system technology and installation methods this year.

To learn more about Friedrich's ductless air conditioning systems, please visit: http://residential.friedrich.com/videos.aspx?video=Friedrich_DSS_Why.mp4&title=Why%20Ductless.

About Friedrich
Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. For more information, please visit http://www.friedrich.com

Friedrich product experts are available for interviews, and high res images and graphics are also available upon request by contacting: Darcie Meihoff, on behalf of Friedrich, (971) 998-3782 or darcie(at)leoketel(dot)com

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