Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is not-so-quietly emerging as the HVAC system of choice in large cities, like New York. From creating a consistently comfortable environment to improving energy efficiency, learn about the various reasons why facilities managers are choosing this advanced HVAC technology.
What is Variable Refrigerant Flow?
VRF systems are all-electric HVAC systems with multiple units or zones that can perform at a high capacity. The term refers to this system’s ability to control the amount of refrigerant flowing to each of the small air handlers connected to it. VRF systems are now frequently used instead of traditional HVAC systems, which are much noisier and consume more energy.
Why More Buildings are Opting to Upgrade
1) Consistent Comfort
VRF HVAC systems allow large buildings to customize their airflow into zones, creating consistent comfort and exceptional IAQ throughout. This type of system can also heat and cool various rooms within the same building simultaneously. A feature that is helpful when multiple rooms within a building have different purposes.
2) Energy Efficient
Plain and simple, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC systems use less energy. This advanced technology provides the exact amount of cooling necessary, reducing overall energy consumption. VRF systems also improve energy efficiency by capturing and reusing the heat generated during the cooling process.
3) Quiet Operation
Unlike older HVAC systems, VRF technology is noticeably quieter. Its setup places the noisier condensing unit outside, and its indoor air handlers are smaller and quieter than you have probably experienced before.
4) Requires Less Space
Upgrading to a Variable Refrigerant Flow system will free up more functional building space. Its smaller air handlers usually do not require ducts, saving wall and ceiling space. The unit’s sleek and compact design makes VRF a more aesthetically pleasing heating, ventilation, and cooling solution.
5) Fewer Breakdowns
VRF systems generally break down less often because the design reduces wear and tear on the mechanical parts. The system operates only when it is needed and under partial-load conditions. VRF systems also have interchangeable parts. The individual air handlers may be replaced independently, minimizing disruptions to the entire system.
Learn More about VRF Technology
Variable Refrigerant Flow is quickly emerging as one of today’s smartest solutions for heating and cooling commercial buildings. If you like to learn more about VFW technology or any of our HVAC services, contact the experts at M&S Mechanical today.