HVAC equipment typically has a lifespan of twelve to fifteen years and that is why retrofit programs are so important. VFD Retrofits improve energy efficiency, improve energy output and extend the lifespan of the existing system.
- Simple paybacks of less than one year.
- Reduce total kWh usage an average of 14% per month
- Utility rebate programs can add an additional 10 percent cost reduction
If your existing packaged rooftop air conditioning units (RTUs) meet the following criteria then a VFD Retrofit Upgrade should be considered:
- Existing RTUs have greater than 7 tons cooling capacity and are less than 10 years old
- Existing RTUs have constant speed fan control
- Existing RTUs are in good working condition with an expected additional lifetime of 5 years or more (if not consider early retirement and replacement)
The sole purpose of a VFD RTU retrofit is simple: decrease energy consumption and maintain or increase occupant comfort and environmental conditions.
Follow these three steps for a successful VFD retrofit project:
- Identify RTUs for Retrofit Application: RTU’s less than 10 years old can be given new (efficiency) life by retrofitting with a load-matching fan control technology.
- Equip RTU with a VFD and a control interface board that matches fan speed to each RTU’s particular airflow requirements for cooling, heating and ventilating.
- Commissioning: During installation on each RTU, air flow measurements are used to determine the best airflow settings for each operation mode.
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HVAC system replacement is a costly and often tedious process that can disrupt business earnings over extended periods of time. Unfortunately, it is never a matter of if you will need your heating and cooling equipment replaced it is only a matter of when.
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