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Topeka, KS Contractors

Topeka is the capital of Kansas as well as the county seat of Shawnee County. Topeka is located in the northeast corner of Kansas along Interstate 70 and the Kansas River. It is home to around 128,000 residents within an area of 60 square miles. In the languages of the Kansas and Ioway, Topeka meant "to dig potatoes."

History

Topeka began in the 1840s when three Kansas Indian sisters married to three French-Canadian brothers established a ferry to allow those traveling along the Oregon Trail to cross the Kansas River at Topeka’s present location. Topeka later became a center of steamboats carrying supplies for the west and raw crops back to the east. When Kansas was became a state in 1861, Topeka was chosen as the capital. Topeka's economic growth continued as railroads replaced the Oregon Trail and steamboat traffic continued.

Attractions

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, which commemorates the Supreme Court decision ending racial segregation in schools, is located in Topeka. The Kansas State Capitol is a majestic building that took 37 years to build beginning in 1866 and is open for tours of the original legislative chambers and other areas. Lake Sherwood is located just outside the city limits and offers fishing, boating, and one of the largest Fourth of July events in the area. The Topeka Zoo features exhibits with both local and exotic wildlife ranging from river otters to lions.

Demographics

Topeka’s population lives in approximately 60,000 households. About 30% have children under 18 and about 37% are married couples. Approximately 43% are singles or nontraditional families and about 14% are senior citizens over the age of 65. The median household income is about $40,000.

Climate

Topeka is located in between the humid continental and humid subtropical climate zones. It has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The rainy season is May through August, with the remaining months being relatively dry. There is an average of between one and two feet of snow each year. Average high temperatures are in the upper 80s during the summer months and around 40 degrees during the winter months. The average lows are about 20 degrees cooler. Topeka also sees extreme temperatures from 25 degrees below zero in the winter to over 110 degrees during the summer.

Ductless Air Conditioning in Topeka

Ductless HVAC systems provide a good alternative for homes built without central air conditioning or for those wanting individualized temperature control in each room. A ductless system utilizes independent pairs of units with their own temperature control for each room, with each room having an indoor and outdoor unit connected by a small hole in the wall. To reduce the outdoor footprint, a ductless mini split can be used to connect multiple indoor units located near each other to a single outdoor unit.

Ductless heat pumps Topeka provide both cooling during the summer and a good supplement to furnace heat during the coldest parts of the winter. Ductless heat pumps are one of the more common choices because of their versatility in providing both heat and cooling, but this comes at a price of lower energy efficiency. If adequate heating is already present in the building, a dedicated ductless AC can provide cooling in a more efficient way. Mitsubishi ductless air conditioning dealers specialize in both types of units and are always happy to help decide which kind to choose, what size is needed, and how to properly install the chosen units.