Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is a type of air-conditioning system that adjusts refrigerant flow to different areas of a building as needed, based on heating or cooling demand, instead of operating large quantities of refrigerant at all times. Although they have been installed in applications around North Texas for several years, VRF systems are starting to become a preferred solution for owners as they renovate or build.
Like other HVAC options, VRF systems have their advantages and disadvantages that are dependent on many factors including a building’s age, type, location, and the project budget. By taking a deeper look into the capabilities of VRF, owners can establish if a VRF system would be of benefit to their project.
VRF systems have multiple benefits compared to other HVAC options and provide building owners more flexibility and choice when it comes to choosing the right system for a project. Advantages of VRF include:
- Energy efficiency
- More exterior equipment space
- Allows old buildings to be renovated
However, depending on the building, VRF systems aren’t always the best options, with disadvantages including:
- Initial cost
- Outside air requirements
- Disposal of condensate piping
As VRF systems become more common in Texas, the initial installation cost will reduce. The benefits of the energy efficiency and capabilities of an improved zoning layout, along with user comfort, makes the VRF system the premier system to use on just about any new or old project.
If you would like to know more about VRF systems, their capabilities, or how this system could work on your new project or renovation, download our white paper for an in-depth look into VRF, or email us at email@example.com for more information.