Holistic HVAC approach helps those at all stages of commercial development
Mitsubishi Electric recently used a specially outfitted trailer at AHR 2016 not only to showcase part of its line of commercial HVAC solutions, but also to allow prospective consumers and users to experience the impact the company’s systems can make.
Mitsubishi Electric offers energy-efficient personal comfort control for a variety of commercial applications. One of the company’s chief solutions, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) zoning cools or heats each room or zone in a building to the precise level needed, maximizing occupant comfort and energy efficiency.
Popular commercial applications include both new construction and renovations in education, hospitality, health and wellness, multifamily and mixed-use facilities, among others.
Mitsubishi Electric introduced VRF technology to the U.S. market more than 10 years ago. The systems connect one outdoor unit to as many as 50 indoor units through small piping and electrical wiring.
“VRF technology is a smarter way to cool and heat buildings,” said Kevin Miskewicz, senior manager, commercial marketing, Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. Cooling & Heating Division. “Traditional cooling and heating systems require tremendous energy to force air from a central blower to a room through a complex system of ductwork, which uses space in buildings and wastes energy. With VRF systems, installation time and costs are reduced, building occupants are comfortable and energy bills are lower.”
Other key benefits of Mitsubishi Electric’s VRF zoning systems include:
- Personalized comfort control. Mitsubishi Electric systems offer advanced user-friendly climate control options for buildings using an intelligent proprietary controls network, including functions such as individual metering and centralized temperature control and monitoring.
- Energy efficiency. VRF systems consistently use 30 to 40 percent less energy than conventional HVAC systems and are designed to help buildings earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points from the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Up to 89 percent of the materials used to build a standard CITY MULTI system are recyclable, minimizing landfill impact.
- Hyper-heating INVERTER (H2i) technology. Mitsubishi Electric offers hyper-heating products from single-zone 9,000 Btu/h up to multi-zone VRF systems of 16 tons. The H2i R2-Series, introduced in 2014, allows for 100 percent heating capacity at 0 degrees Fahrenheit and simultaneous cooling and heating down to minus 4 degrees fahrenheit.
- Easier installation and operation. VRF technology is advanced, but the system itself is straightforward to design and install. The system components are compact, resulting in minimized labor requirements, fewer materials, faster installation and a lower operating cost.
- Quiet operation. VRF systems are designed to provide the quietest possible operation for both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoor units operate between 19 and 34 decibels – quieter than a human whisper.
- Simultaneous cooling and heating. Mitsubishi Electric's CITY MULTI R2- Series VRF System can simultaneously cool and heat different zones in a building with the industry’s only two-pipe design. The multi-zone system offers the capability for each zone to be set to optimum temperatures, according to each individual room’s conditioning requirements.
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