Property owners searching for ways to make their buildings more energy-efficient should keep three letters in mind: VRF. They stand for Variant Refrigerant Flow, a type of heating and cooling system that has been the HVAC system of choice in Europe and Asia for decades but that has only recently gained popularity in the U.S.
What makes VRF systems so special is their ability to provide both heating and cooling simultaneously. Residents in one unit can crank up the heat while residents of another cool off. These systems hold the potential to reduce a building’s HVAC energy consumption by 30% to 40%. Since HVAC systems can account for 50% of a building’s energy costs, a new VRF system can mean significant utility savings.
“VRF systems have only been around in the U.S. for the past two decades, and many property owners still don’t fully understand their benefits or how they work,” Boland technical sales engineer Jack Wright said. “When installed properly, VRF systems can make a huge difference."
In his role at Boland, Wright contributes to a variety of projects including plan and spec jobs, direct equipment replacements, design-build jobs and complete package HVAC solutions.