Remember the heat last August? Hawaii’s a bit cooler now, but we’re only a few months away from another sweltering summer. Mike Ito, marketing director with Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI), a Diamond Contractor for Mitsubishi Electric, said now is the time to install air conditioning if you want to beat the heat this year. “Don’t wait until the mercury is rising and your family is already uncomfortable — you’ll run into long waiting lists and extra-busy contractors.”

AEI proudly offers and installs quiet, energy-efficient ductless HVAC systems from Mitsubishi.


You may have heard of ductless cooling systems, and you’ve probably seen the small, indoor devices installed high on walls. But what exactly are the benefits of these systems?


Traditional central A/C systems force cooled air through ducts, so they can be inefficient, harder to maintain and costly. Ductless systems (also referred to as split systems) operate on less power —they are smaller than traditional forced-air systems and built according to ENERGY STARĀ® guidelines. Because the temperature-controlled air is directly delivered into a room, there is no loss in efficiency. Multi-split systems also allow homeowners to create cooling “zones” within the home — no more paying to cool rooms that aren’t occupied.

A/C not just for summertime

If you’ve got children with asthma or kupuna suffering from COPD, you know that keeping your breathing environment free of particles and allergens can mean the difference between a pleasant weekend at home or a trip to the ER. With traditional A/C systems, air ducts must be professionally cleaned regularly and even after cleaning, dust and allergens remain. Duct-less systems offer multi-stage filtration that can drastically reduce dust, bacteria, pollen and allergens.


AEI is proud to be one of Hawaii’s few renewable energy contractors technically trained to sell and install high-quality Mitsubishi Electric products, which now come with an industry-leading 12-year parts/12-year compressor warranty in addition to AEI’s two-year workmanship warranty. The company takes care of all HOA and permitting to ensure the warranties are maintained for the life of the system. And its unique design-build approach uses an in-house engineering team to design the most efficient system for your home. It’s no wonder AEI is one of the top residential HVAC contractors in the state with its fully-licensed HVAC journeymen and electricians.

And here’s another good reason to act right now and get a jump on the summer heat: AEI is offering $200 off per outdoor unit — but only through Feb. 29. You also can qualify for Hawaii Energy (HEEP) rebates: $150 rebate for units up to 24,000 BTU/2 tons OR $250 rebate for units from 24,001-36,000 BTU/3 tons. Special financing is available through Central Pacific Bank. Call 842-5853 or visit

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