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VAV and VRF Systems

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Commercial HVAC systems need to fulfill a host of complex needs. We at Air Management Solutions (AMS) recognize the sophistication and diversity required for each and every one of our clients––and offer both variable air volume (VAV) and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems to meet those needs. We take the time to get to know our Gig Harbor, WA, clients, so we’re able to confidently propose the best option for you and your business.

Traditional HVAC systems, many times referred to as constant air volume (CAV) systems, simply do not possess the capacity for heating and cooling larger commercial businesses, especially in an energy-efficient fashion. With our highly trained commercial technicians, we can design, install, service, and maintain either of these systems for you. We know to successfully maintain a commercial business, optimal energy efficiency and lower installation-and-maintenance costs are a priority, resulting in lower utility costs and a higher bottom line. These systems function in such a way to offer you just that.

VAV Systems

VAV, variable air volume, systems work by varying the airflow in a building at a constant temperature, which is the opposite workings of a CAV system that varies the temperature at a constant airflow. For larger commercial buildings, whether it be a five-story office building or a shopping mall, this is a pronounced advantage as it allows better temperature control. With buildings of these sizes, individual control is a necessity and accomplished via a main VAV/air box, zones, ductwork, and dampers. How this works is that the supply air temperature remains constant, and the airflow rate fluctuates to accommodate the loss-and-gain heating patterns of each connected zone.

A few of the top advantages of VAVs for you are better temperature control per zone, lower energy utilized with system fans, better humidity control overall, and less fan noise.

VRF Systems

VRF, variable refrigerant flow, is a more recent HVAC technology than VAV and uses refrigerant as its medium to heat and cool. Operating very similarly to a ductless mini-split system, a VRF varies the refrigerant flow via variable motor speeds to provide buildings the ability to control individual zones. By operating at differing motor speeds, this allows these units to operate at their needed rates rather than overutilizing energy, which results in higher energy costs. Whether it be a separate office or conference room, or an independent store, a VRF system allows each area or zone unique temperature control without affecting the rest of the building. A VRF system utilizes both indoor and outdoor components, with each outdoor unit (or the outdoor unit if only one is required) serving multiple indoor units.

A few of the top advantages for VRFs for you are consistent temperature control per zone, high energy efficiency, installation flexibility as it pertains to smaller spaces, delivery of simultaneous heating and cooling within the building, and fewer breakdowns.

Though VAV and VRF systems are very different in design and process, they both share several advantages. Therefore, the decision to implement one or the other system for your commercial building needs expert evaluation from highly trained and knowledgeable professionals. At AMS, our superior, reliable designers and technicians understand the intricate functions of different businesses and recognize the unique needs required by you. Call us at 360-479-6500 to arrange a consultation to see how we can serve you best.

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Air Management Solutions services Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Federal Way, Fife, Gig Harbor, Puget Sound, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Silverdale, Tacoma, and the surrounding Washington communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 360-479-6500, or request service online today.