A commercial facility
When I was first promoted to manager of operations at work, I was a bit overwhelmed with the many responsibilities. One of my duties is handling the upkeep and programming of the VRF system. I had no idea what a VRF system was. Thank goodness I kept my mouth shut and didn’t embarrass myself. I did some research, and realized that a VRF system is actually a type of heating and cooling unit. Variable Refrigerant Flow systems provide a flexible means of temperature control in commercial facilities. One of the main benefits is that the system can provide heating and cooling simultaneously. It allows for independent zones and answers specific demands of each space. It also customizes operation throughout the day as requirements change. If an area tends to warm up due to the heat given off by equipment or occupancy, the VRF system automatically adjusts. Plus, it redistributes the heat extracted from cooled area into zones which require heating to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. The VRF system allows more precision control over the temperature, comfort and air quality of the entire facility. It features smart controls which enables remote adjustments and helpful programming. This type of heating/cooling unit is fairly simple to install and offers significant cost savings over a more traditional commercial unit. Now that I’ve figured out exactly what the VRF system is and does, I’ll hopefully keep up with proper maintenance and operation. My company has already invested in a proactive service agreement with a local HVAC contractor which includes inspection twice per year. Despite the complexity of the varying refrigerant flow, the VRF system is quite reliable and requires only minimal maintenance.