Specialized Mechanical strives to provide our clients with as many options as possible. We’re constantly working to stay up to date on the latest developments in our industry, including the latest in HVAC technologies. Today, clients have more options than ever when it comes to choosing an HVAC solution for their home or building.
One innovative option is VRV/VRF HVAC systems. Originally a technology designed for commercial applications, these systems have gone on to be used in residential situations as well, offering an incredibly versatile option for high-efficiency air conditioning in Carlsbad.
VRV/VRF systems are like a combination of a ductless mini-split and a heat pump. They work like a mini-split, consisting of an outdoor unit — or condenser — and one or several indoor units, or evaporators. What makes a VRV/VRF system different is that it can variate the flow of the refrigerant circulating in each unit with the addition of a device called an “inverter”.
The inverter actively monitors the cooling or heating requirements of each indoor unit. It adjusts the temperature of the refrigerant in each unit by changing the amount the metering device is allowed to expand and thus cool it.
These systems resemble heat pumps by providing both cooling and heating, reversing the flow of heat transfer and bringing in outdoor heat to heat the inside of a structure. Additionally, these units are also able to utilize the heat from other rooms and transfer it elsewhere in the building, making them even more versatile than a heat pump!
Even in environments where temperatures drop below freezing, VRV/VRF systems can efficiently heat environments indoors by using a type of refrigerant with an incredibly low boiling point. This allows the refrigerant to efficiently draw heat from even incredibly cold air and with the help of the compressor, distribute warm air wherever it is needed in the system.
It’s understandable if all of these acronyms are confusing. To make things easier, for all intents and purposes, VRV and VRF mean the same thing. The difference between them is the same thing as the difference between a “Kleenex” and a “tissue”. Some people might think of all “tissues” as “Kleenex” even though “Kleenex” is just a brand.
The technology in these systems was first developed by Daikin Industries in the ’80s and was trademarked as “VRV” which stands for “Variable Rate Volume”. As other companies in the industry started to adopt the technology, the industry coined the term “VRF” which stands for “Variable Rate Flow” to refer to the technology to avoid copyright issues.
If this technology sounds like something that you’re interested in, you’ll want to know all of the major advantages of investing in a VRV/VRF system. Here are some of the most important benefits:
Specialized Mechanical strives to offer the most professional and comprehensive HVAC services possible to Carlsbad. Professional AC installation you can trust is hard to find. A lot of companies are concerned with making as much money as possible on each call. We approach things differently and strive to make lifelong clients in our community, so we do our best to truly provide you with the solution that best fits your needs.
We understand how important information is and work hard to provide our clients with the most reliable info, so they can make the most informed choices possible. If you think it’s time to upgrade to a VRV/VRF system, no time is better than now to consult one of our certified professionals to find the best option for you!