And the Winner in the HVAC Competition is…All Around the VRF!

Nov 8, 2023

Government regulations, legislation and building codes are constantly changing, and customers need not only high performance, but energy efficiency from their HVAC systems. All-electric systems are all the rage these days, and they are a huge step in the right direction!

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump and recovery systems literally allow the building owner to check all the regulation boxes; VRF Systems reduce energy costs, increasing efficiency, and free up valuable space.

Consider the design and purpose of multi-story facilities and mixed-use buildings; the hospitality industry is a great example. Owners of these buildings want to separate the space of literally every room so that each customer can control each room’s temperature. To do this, the air flow must be separated into zones efficiently and economically. VRF does just that, making it the fastest-growing system in the commercial HVAC industry.

Example of a VRF system

There are essentially four reasons VRF is the right choice today:  it is highly efficient, it allows simultaneous heating and cooling, it utilizes modularity which allows customization, all while being lighter and quieter than conventional HVAC systems.

1. VRF Systems are efficient:  Unlike fossil-fuel systems that cycle on and off, VRF operates continuously at partial capacity, thus increasing overall energy efficiency.  This allows the right amount of heating or cooling to be adjusted according to activities, occupancy, and other factors that cause constant fluctuation of air temperature.

2. VRF Systems utilize modularity:  In order to adjust and maintain different temperatures throughout buildings, VRF Systems utilize multiple systems within one building. Up to 50 units can be installed, allowing the air flow to be adjusted by floors or rooms; it can even be completely shut off if some of the spaces are not occupied.

This design proves not only to be more energy-efficient but easier to maintain as well. Because all units act independently, a repair needed on one does not affect the entire building’s system.

3. VRF Systems are smaller and quieter:  Both the outdoor and indoor components to these systems are lighter weight than conventional HVAC systems, which means buildings do not have to have increased structural supports and heavy lifting equipment is usually not needed for installation. In addition, VRF Systems are much quieter than conventional HVAC Systems. This makes them an excellent choice in buildings where sound critically can affect business, such as hotels, high-rises, schools, and libraries.

4. VRF Systems are overall cheaper to install and to run:  Considering the size, effective design, and energy efficiency of VRF, they are ultimately the cheaper choice for customers. From the initial costs of installation, through every aspect of energy-efficiency, VRF Systems are proving to be an ideal choice for commercial and multi-family residential properties.

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