Inverter Technology Is On The Rise

10.10.2023 | News, Product


The HVAC industry is rapidly changing at a pace never seen before. Customers have used Inverter heat pumps for many years. However, recent efforts to use more electricity have made them more important in discussions about low temperature heat pumps.

Inverter-driven heat pump systems, such as VRF and Mini Splits, are highly efficient for heating and cooling homes and businesses. These systems have a reputation for being the most efficient way to maintain a comfortable temperature. They specifically design them to provide optimal performance while consuming less energy.

Many people widely recognize inverter-driven heat pump systems for their ability to save energy and reduce utility costs. Furthermore, these systems are environmentally friendly as they produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Unitary-style systems, also known as "Residential systems," now utilize inverter technology. You can easily install these systems in place of non-inverter HVAC systems, using the existing ductwork. This has had a significant impact on the residential replacement market.

What is an inverter driven heat pump system?

This system controls the compressor speed as well as other functions to meet the temperature set on the thermostat and other internal sensor readings. The system can heat efficiently without expensive electric coils, even in very cold weather.  The compressor slows down when the indoor temperature approaches the desired level. This helps to save energy and improve efficiency in both heating and cooling.

How does it work?

The outdoor unit receives power from the grid. It converts the power to DC current. The unit then adjusts the current according to the thermostat. We do this to reach the desired temperature.

The speed increases when there is a lot to do, but decreases when there is not much. It rarely reaches its maximum speed.

The compressor starts slowly because of the logic controlling its speed. This prevents sudden power surges that can make your lights flicker. As a result, the system consumes less power and becomes more efficient.

What kind of refrigerant do inverter systems use?

The ongoing search for more environmentally friendly refrigerants has led to the development of flammable refrigerants which have entered the market.

Because refrigerants are flammable, it is important to protect the piping during design and installation. Refrigerants are flammable, so it is crucial to protect the piping during design and installation. This involves avoiding contact with different metals to prevent corrosion. Additionally, use nail plates or other safeguards to prevent nails or screws from causing damage to the piping.

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When there is a refrigerant leak, it is important to consider ventilation. This will help prevent the build-up of flammable refrigerants in enclosed areas such as walls or ceilings.  Lineset covers such as Slimduct should shield pipes outside from weather that can damage insulation and make the system less efficient. This can also prevent leaks caused by corrosion.

When installing and servicing systems that contain refrigerants, take safety precautions into consideration.  Precautions include proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Also, fire prevention measures to ensure not only the safety of personnel but property as well.

Inaba Denko America has a full line of quality products to help protect your HVAC system. They can also give it a clean, professional, and aesthetically-pleasing appearance. Explore our library of products to learn more!

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