Benefits of VRF for Healthcare Facilities

HVAC contractors are seeing a greater demand for Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology specified in healthcare facilities. VRF’s unique zoning and superior filtration make these systems ideal for medical centers like managed-care facilities. Below we highlight some of the main benefits these INVERTER-driven HVAC systems can offer:

Precise Comfort Control
VRF offers the ability to heat and cool simultaneously. With a variety of zones – patient rooms, medical centers and lobbies – this function is critical and provides year-round comfort with a single system.

Quiet Operation
Healthcare settings require a quiet atmosphere – your HVAC system kicking on shouldn’t cause disruption between a medical team and patient. Mitsubishi Electric’s latest commercial outdoor units, CITY MULTI® N-Generation, are near silent and equipped with four low-noise patterns for its redesigned fan, in addition to the rated pattern.

Indoor Air Quality
With VRF, each zone has its own filter compared to conventional systems that have one, centralized filter. This can help prevent stale air and keep odors at bay. With Mitsubishi Electric, filters last 10 years and are washable, with multi-state allergen filtration to remove particulates and contaminants from the air with continuous fan operation.

Lower Life-Cycle Costs
The total installed cost of a VRF zoning system is less than or equal to the total installed cost of most conventional systems. For example, the project featured below costs $1.04 per square foot per year compared to the average healthcare building at $2.71 per square foot, per year.* In operation, the systems only utilize the exact amount of energy needed to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.

At Aireco Advanced Products Group (APG), we pride ourselves in understanding how to accurately specify and design VRF for a variety of applications. To partner with the APG team on any of your upcoming projects, contact us at APG@aireco.com.

*As per a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration