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Coo l STAYING
Louisiana’s climate is its own main character with heat and humidity. But guests of the hotel will find nothing but perfect temperatures, thanks to mini-split AC units from MRCOOL, a Kentucky-based air conditioning company.
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• CLIMATE CONTROL. The MRCOOL team are experts on climate, and know which type of unit will work for local weather patterns. “Louisiana is a warmer area. Air conditioning is a necessary respite from hot weather that can sometimes be dangerous to spend too much time in,” says the MR COOL team. “Our units also remove humidity from the air as it cools, ensuring you’re comfortable as well as safe.”
• MINI SPLIT UNITS. Central AC units have air handles that push air into rooms through a vent. But the MRCOOL team suggested mini-split AC units for the Villas, which allow homeowners to choose precisely where their air handler goes. “In the case of the Villas, it will allow each separate Villa to have its own temperature control,” the team says.
• DIY FRIENDLY. Most AC units require professional installation, but MRCOOL has an option for those who want to DIY their air conditioning. “We came onto the scene with a product that was almost unthinkable,” the team says. “It’s called the DIY and it allows homeowners to take control of their own system’s installation.”
EXPECTATIONS VERSUS REALITY
Sara is extremely organized while juggling several areas of entrepreneurship at once, from filming an HGTV show to overseeing the Villas’ renovations. Her organization and firm control of her projects lets her adapt, no matter the circumstance. “My organization is the scaffolding for when things go awry,” Sara says. “And something always will, especially with delays.” For example, Sara learned that the Villas would be inaccessible to her as their environmental hazards were remedied. So she prepared for the delay and figured out ways around the closures. “I had the buildings closed off one at a time,” she says. “That way, I was able to work on the open ones. When the first building was closed off, I took measurements prior to the remediation and had contractors also come and take measurements of the floors, windows and cabinet spaces.” Thanks to her planning the project has moved forward, even when no one could set foot inside.