What is VRF/VRV Air Conditioning?
VRF and VRV are two terms used interchangeably - because they both mean the same thing.
The technology behind these systems was first introduced by Daikin, and referred to as Variant Refrigerant Volume. Daikin holds the copyright on this terminology, so Variant Refrigerant Flow is more commonly used.
These systems work in very much the same way as single and multi split systems. However, replacing the large indoor units is a series of smaller air handlers. The flow of refrigerant to these air handlers can be varied, hence the term VRF, allowing a more flexible approach to climate control.
VRF air conditioning comes in two main types:
Heat pump systems - these are capable of cooling and heating, though cannot do both at the same time. They’re most commonly used in open plan spaces with a single temperature requirement.
Heat recovery systems - with these, you can control the heating and cooling of any given zone in isolation. This makes them an ideal solution where multiple rooms are involved, like hotels for example, or buildings housing data centres with adjoining offices.
Heat recovery VRF systems are incredibly energy efficient, as they carry otherwise wasted heat from cooled zones and redistribute it where needed.
Which Solution is Right for Your Business?
Whilst we’ve discussed the main types of commercial air conditioning, as we mentioned at the start, there are countless possible configurations, and the right solution for your business needs depends on multiple factors.
At Loughborough Air Conditioning, we offer a free consultation service. Our qualified engineers have years of experience designing custom applications to suit varying requirements.