Engineers, contractors, and facilities managers know a building’s HVAC system is a critical component for the comfort and safety of a building’s occupants and high tech equipment. When it comes time to replace or upgrade an existing commercial HVAC system, or your project involves new construction, a multi VRF system should be one of your top considerations. But which multi VRF system is best for your project? Let’s take a look.
According to a General Services Administration (GSA) study, you will bet the most ban for your buck if your building is between 10,000 and 80.000 sq. ft. Smaller than that, and your facility could probably use a more conventional system, but with some companies, you have the option of installing a mini VRF system. Larger than that, and the initial cost of installation would be higher, as you might need more than one multi VRF system installed.
A Bit About VRF HVAC Technology
You may have heard just a bit about VRF HVAC technology — enough to pique your interest. The technology was first introduced in Japan, in the 1980s. VRF technology is the go-to HVAC system in commercial applications in Japan, China, and Europe. In the United States, it is gaining in popularity as people discover the many benefits.
In a nutshell, a VRF system with heat exchange is a ductless HVAC system with one or more outdoor compressors that link to a number of indoor evaporator coil units. They are connected by refrigerant piping and electrical wiring. What makes a VRF system unique and ideal for many commercial applications is its ability to simultaneously heat and cool different parts of your building. Not every building needs this, but this feature is crucial for other locations such as:
- Apartment buildings
- Office buildings
- Large retail spaces
- Any building that needs the ability to heat and cool different areas at the same time
Let’s take a look at a hospital, for example. Each fan coil unit has its own set of controls, so the temperature can be set to 65℉ in a hospital’s data center, but 77℉ in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The temperature may also be set differently in the lobby than in patient rooms. While each fan coil unit has its own VRF programmable controller (thermostat), a multi VRF system may also come with a central controller that someone in facilities management can use to make sure temperatures are where they should be.
Why We Think Lennox Multi VRF Systems Are the Best
While just about any multi VRF system is going to be more efficient than your existing HVAC system, we think Lennox multi VRF systems are the best. That’s why we became a Premier Lennox Dealer.
Our multi VRF systems are highly customizable to accommodate different building designs and construction needs. Working with your engineers, we can design a VRF system that suits your needs and your budget. Mini VRF and larger multi VRF systems all offer some great benefits.
Indoor units utilize smart features to increase functionality and energy efficiency.
- Auto restart after a power failure
- Dry mode for humidity control
- Washable filters and panels
- Preheat functions
- Remote on/off capabilities
- Error status displays
- Occupancy sensors
- Available in both ductless and ducted
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Multi VRF System Controllers
There are a number of ways for users to control the VRF system, including:
- Programmable wired controllers
- Simple wired controllers
- Wireless remote controllers
- Centralized controller with desktop and mobile app accessibility
Lennox multi VRF systems can be integrated with your key card interface as well, so only authorized personnel can change the temperature.
Learn More About the Lennox VRF System
If this system sounds right for you, but you’d like to learn more about the technical aspects, check out the Lennox VRF brochure. You might also be interested in reading a case study of Lennox VRF systems.
Call Now for a Quote on a Multi VRF System for Your Project
Is a multi VRF system a good fit for your HVAC replacement or new construction project? Call Ambient Edge at (888) 628-5890 to set up a consultation to learn more about these systems, and if one is the best fit for your project. Once we know the size and scope of your project, we’ll be able to provide you with an accurate quote on a multi VRF system, or another HVAC system.