Smarter Heat, Warmer Home: The Efficiency of an Energy-Saving Algorithm

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27th February, 2019

For people living in colder climates, keeping the house warm in winter is both a priority and a formidable challenge.

Without an efficient heating system, the simple act of warming your home can catapult your carbon emissions and energy bills to new heights — a burden on both the environment and consumer.

Mitsubishi Electric’s Air to Water (ATW) Heat Pump System offers a new, efficient solution for heating homes. And its unique Energy-Saving Algorithm made it even smarter.

Sustainable Comfort

Mitsubishi Electric leads the field when it comes to manufacturing for heating and cooling systems – proof of high-quality standards and dedication to balancing comfort with sustainability. Energy efficiency comes first, which sets Mitsubishi Electric’s products at the forefront of this field.

Mitsubishi Electric’s Air to Water (ATW) Heat Pump System embodies this dedication to sustainability. Already found in homes across Europe and other parts of the world, it exemplifies an expertise in devising innovative solutions that deliver comfort without sacrificing efficiency.

Compared to traditional boiler systems using electricity, gas, or oil, the ATW Heat Pump System exhibits markedly higher efficiency. Conventional heating systems exhaust one kilowatt of energy yet yield less than a kilowatt of heat output; Mitsubishi Electric’s system, however, uses a pump that absorbs external heat to produce two to five times more heat with a hot water boiler.

But it’s not just about understanding these ideas conceptually – one also needs to keep their eyes trained on real, local conditions. This is why Mitsubishi Electric sets up a test facility in Scotland — known for its harsh winters and biting winds — that evaluates HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems in residential areas. The Scotland facility will continue research and development on the ATW Heat Pump System for customers around Europe.

Algorithm at Work

The ATW Heat Pump System already exhibits greater energy efficiency than conventional methods. But Mitsubishi Electric’s resolve towards excellence refuses to let it end there. So, the next question is – how can this system get even better?

After conducting thorough studies, researchers discovered that in houses nearly identical in design and material, heat (how much escapes, how quickly it spreads, and how long it stays) operates differently. The differentiating factor here is what year and era the houses were built – something attributed to improvements in ventilation material over the years. To balance this difference, researchers developed an algorithm that picks up the unique thermal characteristics of each residence to more evenly distribute heat.

Mitsubishi Electric calls it the Energy-Saving Algorithm (or by its full name – Energy-Saving Algorithm for Air to Water Heat Pump Systems). By gathering temperature data of hot water in the boiler tank, the thermostat, various rooms, and outside, the algorithm can pinpoint the optimal water temperature for each part of the house – helping bridging the gap between the actual room temperature and that of the thermostat.

When adjusting the thermostat temperature, the algorithm responds by narrowing the heat gap and reducing unnecessary use of the heat pump. This means less carbon emission, more consistent temperatures in each room, and comfort indoors – even in frigid conditions.

Smarter Sustainability

Sustainability; Safety, Security, and Comfort – tenets that Mitsubishi Electric lives by. And naturally, these ideals align closely with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By enhancing its existing lines of products, Mitsubishi Electric hopes to contribute to realizing the SDGs, especially Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, along with Goal 13, Climate Action.

And the Energy-Saving Algorithm fine-tuned for the ATW Heat Pump System moves us one step closer – taking a renewable solution and making it even more energy efficient. Now, consumers can reduce their carbon footprint, stay environmentally conscious, and keep comfortably warm in their homes.

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