When it comes to climate control systems, ‘mini-VRV’ systems can provide the answer to many design challenges, explains Matteo Dall’Ombra VRV Specialist at Daikin.
Climate control systems are an essential part of any building to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of building occupants. However, integrating it into the design of the building can be challenging, especially given the size of many outdoor units. Issues of exterior space, planning restrictions, the impact of noise and aesthetic considerations must all be addressed.
The dimensions of many systems on the market mean there are limited places, other than a flat roof, where the units can be located. For residential and smaller commercial applications, including boutique hotels and offices, one possible solution is the compact ‘mini-VRV’ systems. The Daikin VRV IV S-series and VRV 5 S-series with R-32, for example, are low profile, single-fan outdoor units that are less than one metre tall, with heights of 823 mm and 869 mm respectively. The size means the units to be installed behind low walls and roof parapets, beneath windows or concealed on balconies. Not only does this provide extra flexibility with regard to installation locations but it can also help to address ‘line-of-sight’ issues when seeking planning approval. The R-32 refrigerant used in the VRV 5 also helps to minimise the environmental impact of the system, with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) that is just one-third of that of the previous generation R-410A refrigerant.
There are also other options for addressing the visual impact of the units and helping them to blend in with their surroundings. At Daikin we offer a wrapping service to create bespoke patterned vinyl wraps for our outdoor units to match the area where the unit will be installed. Alternatively, we can also paint it in a specific colour or pattern to help it blend in with the building finish.
Besides the visual impact, the operational sound must also be considered when planning the placement of the outdoor units. Manufacturers will supply information on the sound levels of their systems, allowing a solution engineered for quiet operation to be selected. However, it is also valuable to look for options, such as the Daikin mini VRV systems that also feature a low noise mode to further reduce the operating sound.
However, the outdoor units are not the only consideration when selecting a climate control system. The design and performance of the compatible indoor units is also a consideration. As an example, the Daikin VRV IV S-series is compatible with the sleek, compact and modern wall mounted Daikin Stylish and Emura indoor units, which are available in a range of standard and bespoke finishes. The units also deliver exceptional comfort and up to A+++ Seasonal Efficiency in cooling and heating. Both also intelligently adapt air flow for optimum performance, with the Coanda effect feature of the Stylish unit changing the airflow pattern depending on if it is heating or cooling.
For residential and small commercial developments mini VRV systems, such as the Daikin VRV IV S-series and VRV 5 S-series with R-32, can provide the solution to many issues and provide excellent flexibility in terms of integrating the outdoor unit into the design.
For further information about Daikin’s range of VRV climate control systems, visit daikin.com
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