Commercial building owners are facing a challenge rooted more than 20 years ago. Before 1980, large heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units were often placed in hard-to-reach areas — basement-level mechanical and utility rooms — to hide their large bulky appearance. As these chillers near the end of their useful life, business owners are seeing that replacing them can require costly installation needs.
To offer building owners a more compact chiller that can retrofit concealed applications — and provide smart-building benefits through connected capabilities, Trane® introduced Agility™ centrifugal chillers.
If you are wondering why you should choose Agility over another chiller on the market for your building, we talked to product manager Mike Patterson to address some of the most common questions.
1. Why is Trane offering magnetic bearings now?
Mike: Trane’s focus has always been meeting customers’ needs. Trane continuously evaluates various technologies, such as magnetic bearings, to offer customers next-level design and capabilities.
When evaluating technologies that deliver higher speeds and smaller compressor sizes, magnetic bearings were a good fit. Incorporating magnetic bearings into Agility was simply one of the many design choices Trane made to develop smaller chiller footprints while maintaining industry-leading efficiency levels. Also, its chiller technology and expanded magnetic bearing compressor capabilities meet Trane’s high engineering standards and provide a best-in-class solution.