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VRF Technology

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is a leading edge, globally proven HVAC technology that can help solve many HVAC challenges faced by educational facilities:

  • Increasing energy efficiency
    VRF systems with inverter-driven compressors can reduce energy bills up to 25 percent.
  • Reducing costs
    While initial equipment cost can be higher, VRF’s installation and operational costs are often lower. Standard controls and simpler installation save on materials and labor.
  • Delivering fresh air
    With advanced filters, zoning capabilities and integration with ventilation systems, VRF can help meet indoor air mandates.
  • Limiting operational noise
    VRF eliminates disruption indoors and out. Indoor units operate as quietly as 19 decibels and outdoor units are quieter than traditional systems.
  • Varying loads needs
    Full-range variable capacity delivers only the amount of conditioning required to match a zone’s cooling or heating demand. Using integrated controls and sensors that measure conditions within each zone, the compressor adjusts speeds to maintain the desired zone temperature.
  • Solving comfort issues
    VRF’s zoning offers personalized comfort control, including the ability to simultaneously cool and heat from one heat recovery system.
  • Controlling multiples spaces
    VRF can integrate with third-party software. Beyond that, VRF offers a wide variety of controls options, from individual zone controllers to centralized controllers that monitor, schedule and control multiple indoor units through a web browser. Multiple central controllers can connect to a building management system.
  • Minimizing maintenance
    Little maintenance is required and doesn’t require a specialized service contractor. VRF components
    are easily accessible, yet also safely tucked away within the system.

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of College Planning & Management.

About the Author

Kevin Miskewicz is the director of Commercial Marketing with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. He can be reached at kmiskewicz@hvac.mea.com or 888/979-9686.

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