Carrier Ductless Heats and Cools the Straw Bale Home Project
At Hentowski Heating and Air Conditioning, we love to be a part of the community. That’s why we were so excited to be a part of the Straw Bale Home Project in Wilmington. The two 18-year-old founders of Y Innovations came up with the idea of building an ecologically superior home made up of agricultural waste products. Y Innovations had a simple design of a two bedroom, one story home with a driveway and elevated back garden, using firmly packed straw for insulation. The groundbreaking of the project in an empty lot in Wilmington drew dignitaries like Sen. Chris Coons and Ryan Catalani of Family Promise, along with project sponsors.
This home is based on energy-efficiency, so it called for having a highly efficient HVAC system as well. We provided a state of the art Carrier Ductless heating and air conditioning for this two bedroom home, which will not only keep the home comfortable all year long, but it will ensure that all energy bills are low- something that’s really important for people transitioning out of homelessness.
Better yet, the system was also set up to be powered by solar panels, making this energy-efficient system even more affordable to run.
Carrier Ductless Mini-Splits
The systems are made up of two fundamental parts- an external condenser unit, and an internal, wall mounted unit called a cassette, that sits up on the wall, out of the way. The unit uses state of the art sensors to monitor temperature and humidity in a room – REALLY important here in the Delaware Valley- and it adjusts the comfort level as needed- using the bare minimum of energy necessary to keep the temperature constant. This can lead to big savings, especially during the Winter, and these units can run efficiently all the way down to -20F!
This straw bale home has been a great partnership for everyone involved, from Y Innovations to all the community partners- and an example of how we can all bring our expertise together to help create affordable housing for low-income families.
The Carrier ductless mini-split system we installed will be able to provide state of the art air conditioning and heating at the touch of a button for the homeowners. The system is also zoned, ensuring that the family will be able to heat- or cool- the different zones of the home without affecting the comfort level in the other areas. That also means they can turn off the systems when not in use, offering even further energy savings.
You can also see pictures of the installation on the Y Innovations Facebook page
If you’re looking for one of the best energy efficient ways to heat or cool your home, you can’t do better than Carrier Ductless and Hentowski! Give us a call today and see how we can help you heat and cool your home for a song!