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Why Are HVAC Contractors Resistant to VRF?

If you have used VRF (variable refrigerant flow) technology, you know how incredible it is. It is able to dramatically improve the efficiency of a variety of commercial spaces, including hospitals, universities, hotels, office buildings, and condominiums. However, not every HVAC contractor agrees that VRF is the next big thing—even though the stats disagree. In fact, many HVAC contractors have a plethora of reasons why VRF technology is not for them. Here is a look at the most common reasons HVAC contractors are hesitant to use VRF technology, and why these reasons are simply not justified.

“I Like to Use Traditional HVAC Systems.”

Yes, it is understandable that change is scary, but the truth is that even though VRF systems are new to the U.S., they have been around in other markets since the 1980s. In fact, 90% of the installed HVAC systems in Japan are VRF systems. That also means you don’t have to worry about being the guinea pigs for the technology—it’s already been tried and tested.

“I Don’t Want to Learn Something New.”

As an HVAC contractor, you already know everything you need to know to install a VRF system. In fact, part of the draw of VRF systems is their simplicity in both the initial installation and maintenance.

“I Worry That the VRF Technology Is Not As Good As Advertised.”

As mentioned, VRF technology has been in widespread use overseas for decades, and people love it. Even in the U.S., it has been tested and it touts industry-leading efficiency and effectiveness. There is no need to worry—it has been proven.

“I Don’t Like the Aesthetics of VRF Units.”

If you think that VRF units are only available in high-wall models, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that they actually come in many different versions, including the new single-phase systems that still have all of the features of VRF but with a smaller footprint.

“VRF Systems Are Not Compatible with The Northern Climate.”

Did you know the Northeast is currently home to the most VRF systems in the country? When VRF technology was initially introduced, it was only suitable for mild climates, but this is no longer the case. With cooling capabilities in ambient temperatures between 14° F to 122° F and heating capabilities in -13° F to 60° F, VRF systems can be used in almost every climate with ease.

“VRF Technology Only Works in Limited Applications.”

VRF technology is actually quite diverse. Since it offers effortless zoned heating and cooling, it is ideal in almost any commercial application. As an HVAC contractor, you can use VRF systems in educational facilities, hospitals, office buildings, dormitories, hotels, historical structures, and multi-home residential buildings.


As you can see, VRF is an incredible technology that should be welcomed with open arms. It will help you broaden your offerings as an HVAC contractor while allowing you to give your clients the best technology in the HVAC industry. To learn more about VRF systems, contact us today.

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  1. I installed VRF systems, 4 outdoor units connected to 18 indoor zones. The most amazing results, highly efficient, lowest operating costs. Admittedly more expensive to install, but overall best systems on the market today. Great for residential projects too. Also, no need to auxiliary heat and having the ability to have multiple zones be either in heating or cooling mode simultaneously with the same outdoor units is fantastic.

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