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Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems Market to Reach $24.1 Billion by 2023

Published Date:   July 2018

Global VRF systems market is expected to reach $24,096.0 million by 2023, according to P&S Intelligence.

The growth in the market can be attributed to the increasing demand for energy-efficient and cost-effective heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Besides, growing construction industry and increasing energy management activities are the key factors bolstering the growth of the VRF systems market, globally. Major players in the market are focusing on providing eco-friendly refrigerants for these systems, and consumers in developed economies are increasingly adopting the VRF technology.

Insights into the market segments

On the basis of application, the VRF systems market has been categorized into commercial, residential, and other applications. Commercial areas of application include buildings, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hotels and restaurants, and retail stores. Such systems condition multiple zones in a building having varied heating and cooling needs. Commercial applications are expected to continue holding the largest share in the market in the coming years. This can be mainly attributed to the growing focus on energy-efficient technologies and products and increasing commercial structures across the globe.

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Based on system type, the VRF systems market has been categorized into heat pump and heat recovery systems. In a heat pump system, all indoor units get conditioned in the same mode (either cooling or heating). A heat recovery system, on the other hand, has the capacity to heat and cool the facility simultaneously.

Heat pump systems constituted around 75% of the total VRF installations in 2017, globally. The higher adoption of heat pump systems can be attributed to their lower acquisition cost and fewer design constraints.

State-of-the-art technology and modern controls to drive the market growth

VRF HVAC systems use state-of-art technology that enables them to control and adjust temperatures of different zones. Instead of a one large unit to pump out air, a VRF HVAC system uses several air handlers that can be controlled individually, based on the heating and cooling requirements. Moreover, unlike traditional air conditioning systems, VRF HVAC systems do not require much ceiling and wall space, as they make use of small air handlers.

The technology also allows the users to use mobile devices to set temperatures for different zones, track system conditions, and receive maintenance alerts. Such advanced features make these systems suitable for various facilities, including restaurants, offices, retail stores, and luxury apartments.

VRF systems market competitiveness

Some of the key players operating in the VRF systems market are Emerson Electric Co., United Technologies Corporation, Daikin Industries Ltd., Johnson Controls International Plc, Schneider Electric SE, Toshiba Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Media Group Co. Ltd.

To stay ahead of the competition, players in the VRF systems market are increasingly focusing on research and development (R&D), geographical expansion, and product improvement. For instance, in May 2018, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation launched the R32 or difluoromethane (refrigerant type) version of VRF system in the U.K. to meet the customer demand for energy-efficient and low global warming potential (GWP)-type VRF solutions. Besides, in April 2018, Johnson Controls International PLC established an R&D center, which includes facilities like testing labs and a training center for VRF systems, chillers, and other products and technologies.

Global VRF Systems Market Segmentation

Market Segmentation by Component

  • Outdoor Units
  • Indoor Units
  • Control Systems and Accessories             

Market Segmentation by Compressor Unit

  • Air-Cooled Unit
  • Water-Cooled Unit

Market Segmentation by System Type

  • Heat Pump Systems
    • Air-Source
    • Ground-Source
    • Absorption
  • Heat Recovery Systems

Market Segmentation by Application Area

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Others (Metro Stations, Railway Stations, and Airports)

Market Segmentation by Region

  • Asia-Pacific (APAC) VRF Systems Market
    • By component
    • By compressor unit
    • By system type
    • By application area
    • By country – China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and Rest of APAC
  • Europe VRF Systems Market
    • By component
    • By compressor unit
    • By system type
    • By application area
    • By country – U.K., Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, and Rest of Europe
  • North America VRF Systems Market
    • By component
    • By compressor unit
    • By system type
    • By application area
    • By country – U.S. and Canada
  • Rest of the World (RoW) VRF Systems Market
    • By component
    • By compressor unit
    • By system type
    • By application area
    • By country – Brazil, Mexico, U.A.E., South Africa, and Others