Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are becoming more widely recognized as the primary heating and cooling technology of the future and the optimal choice for businesses and institutions interested in reducing operational costs while increasing occupant comfort and sustainability. Starting with the benefits listed below, this issue describes why banks and credit unions should consider VRF systems from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.
Zoning and Comfort Control
Most banks have a teller area, a few small offices, a conference room, a break room and an IT closet. VRF’s zoning capabilities offer banks the ability to control each space individually and maintain temperatures appropriate for how the space is used. The teller area, where employees work with customers, will have different conditioning needs than an infrequently occupied conference room. Equipped with an INVERTER-driven compressor, a bank’s VRF system accounts for those differences and adjusts to maintain setpoints as loads change with occupancy, the weather or the time of day.
Control Across Sites
Banks with multiple branches can control VRF systems from a central location and provide levels of remote access to facility managers.
Cost and Value
VRF is known for using only the precise amount of energy needed to maintain the preferred temperature for each zone. This energy efficiency results in lower utility bills compared to what banks would pay with a conventional system. Less well known is how a growing VRF market and greater familiarity with VRF among HVAC contractors has reduced the difference between the upfront cost for VRF systems compared to conventional systems, especially when working with a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor®. Also, the total cost to install a VRF system is often lower than the cost to install a conventional system due to factors including reduced ductwork and the relative lightness and compact size of VRF equipment. All of these elements make the apparent “premium” a bank might pay for a VRF system negligible compared to the value.
Indoor Air Quality
To provide a healthier environment for bank customers and staff, Mitsubishi Electric VRF systems continuously remove particulates and contaminants from the air. Each zone is equipped with its own washable filter and each filter can last up to 10 years, eliminating the cost and inconvenience of regularly replacing filters. Additionally, the continual operation of VRF systems during part-load conditions helps dehumidify each zone.
VRF systems run quietly compared to conventional HVAC systems, making them ideal for professional environments such as banks. Mitsubishi Electric’s CITY MULTI® N-Generation offers four low-noise patterns, in addition to the rated pattern, so banks can ensure customers and staff are never disturbed by operational noise while conducting business.
We’ve built our reputation at Aireco Advanced Products Group (APG) on the expertise and support we provide to help HVAC professionals design and install high-performance VRF solutions for applications of all types. Whether we are providing equipment and support for a large financial services brand as part of Mitsubishi Electric’s National Accounts program, or facilitating the retrofit of a local credit union, we deliver results. To partner with the APG team on any of your upcoming projects, contact us at APG@aireco.com.