06 July 2021
Independent distributor Cool Designs Ltd (CDL) has added Carrier’s new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system to its portfolio.
Darrel Birkett, managing director of CDL, said: “Many manufacturers have launched into the VRF market, but we find contractors tend to stay with what they know. A new VRF product needs to offer something new that benefits contractors and end users. And it must be backed-up with high quality technical support, such as details about part-load data, software and controls, which Carrier has done.
“The Carrier VRF is impressive. We were initially concerned that it was just going to be another budget range entering the market, which is not where we want to be, as CDL specialises in premium technology. However, having seen the product, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Build quality is first class – it is totally solid, very well built and a very competitive price level.
“There is also great attention to detail in the design with nice touches to help installers, such as the positioning of handles to help lifting, and panels with places to note references for indoor details, and so on. A lot of thought has gone into the design, and it shows.”
CDL is now adding the Carrier VRF to its air conditioning range alongside Toshiba’s latest VRF product, as the company believes Carrier’s XCT7 VRF makes an excellent companion.
Carrier says its system can be used in a wide range of applications and building types, from mini-VRF projects to large buildings, with extended pipe runs and height separation of up to 110 metres, plus full connectivity to a building management system (BMS) for optimised control. It also has multiple options to connect to air handling units (AHUs) from a single refrigerant circuit, providing more flexibility for system designers.
Birkett is installing a Carrier XCT7 in his own home as part of a new air-source heat pump system. He said: “The XCT7 launch coincided with our move, and we are installing the Carrier system in the bedrooms. The slim ducts are ideal for use in the loft space. With 600mm integrated pumps and flexible return air, they are ideal. The real clincher was the smart, contemporary design of the Carrier room controls, which my wife preferred over other options!”