A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system is a type of ductless commercial HVAC system that allows for effective HVAC zone control. In other words, VRF systems allow for precise temperature control in every room of a building and contribute to higher temperature consistency in buildings.
Most VRF systems involve either a heat pump system or a heat recovery system to allow simultaneous heating and cooling, which is how temperature is effectively controlled. There are many benefits associated with the use of VRF systems and many different types of buildings can install these HVAC systems.
The Benefits of Commercial VRF Systems
The most immediate benefit of VRF systems comes in the form of reduced energy consumption. When compared to traditional HVAC systems, VRF systems can increase energy efficiency by up to 25%, according to Facility Executive Magazine. VRFs require less effort to achieve the desired indoor temperature, and because they enable precise zone control, VRF systems in one area don’t work harder to make up for inefficiencies in another area of a building like traditional HVAC systems do.
On top of this, building owners that install VRF systems can give their tenants a better working or living environment. Consistent, comfortable temperatures are an important part of tenant satisfaction and retention. Because VRFs offer better temperature control, building owners and managers can help establish better relationships with new and returning tenants.
What Types of Buildings Benefit from VRF Systems?
A VRF system is versatile in function and flexible in design. This makes them appropriate for a wide range of commercial buildings. From office spaces to churches and banks, VRF systems can provide reliable temperature control.
Most VRF systems are inherently scalable, allowing them to be built one component at a time, independent of the size required of the resulting system. This makes a VRF system ideal for large buildings under new construction, or for older buildings undergoing extensive renovations. And without any need for ductwork, VRF systems can be implemented practically anywhere, regardless of the type of existing HVAC system.
VRF systems are an efficient, cost-effective and flexible commercial HVAC solution. For those in search of a new HVAC system, there are many benefits that come from installing a new VRF system in your building.
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