One of the main reasons many homeowners choose geothermal is the benefit of lower operating costs, but what if we told you there was an even better option? Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF).
What is Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)?
VRF is an HVAC technology developed in 1982 in Japan by Daikin. These systems provide heating and cooling by circulating refrigerant between a series of terminal units and a condensing unit based on demand. The flow is adjusted seamlessly to maintain the room temperature without fluctuation. VRF systems are quickly gaining popularity for a number of reasons:
- A Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system has one of the lowest life cycle costs of any system on the market today. In layman’s terms, VRF systems are cost-effective to install.
- These systems provide superior comfort, energy efficiency and easy design, installation, and maintenance.
- VRF systems are designed to minimize ductwork.
- VRFs are ideal for applications requiring varying loads or zoning.
“One of the major advantages of a VRF system is its flexibility,” said Greg Alcorn, vice president of commercial sales and marketing at Carrier. “Carrier understands that customer requirements vary and this is another Carrier offering that can meet a specific site need.”
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is a Great Alternative to Geothermal
On the surface, VRFs and geothermal systems are very comparable. Both are refrigerant based heat pump cycle. Both use multiple terminal units located in, or near, occupied space. And both offer a high degree of zoning flexibility & individual temperature control. However, VRFs offer several distinct advantages over geothermal, primarily:
- VRFs tend to be more energy efficient.
- VRFs offer lower capital cost.
VRF Installation and Maintenance
Commercial properties present unique challenges for delivering reliable indoor comfort. That’s why it makes sense to turn to Carrier, the indoor comfort experts and the world’s largest manufacturer of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions.
Carrier – through its Factory Authorized Dealers, like Fresh Air Concepts – offers customized comfort solutions tailored to the needs of commercial facilities.
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