After breaking ground on a new, 56,000-square-foot office space in 2015, the Bank of San Antonio in Texas needed to find an energy-efficient HVAC system that offered quality comfort and control. The search ended by selecting Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).
“We were looking for a system that was energy efficient but that could also provide comfort and produce the temperatures that we needed throughout the organization,” said Tom Moreno, executive vice president of operations and technology for Bank of San Antonio. Moreno and his team originally planned to install traditional HVAC technology, but with the assistance of local contractor, Flo-Aire Service Inc., and engineering consultant, Cleary Zimmermann Engineers, they decided to consider VRF.
Eddie McDuff, vice president, Flo-Aire Service, knew zone control was the best option for the bank. “[VRF] is a newer way that we’ve been seeing a lot of offices use air conditioning.” After consulting with long-time distributor, Mike Fauver from Texas Air Products, McDuff recommended Mitsubishi Electric. “Mitsubishi Electric was the first manufacturer that we got trained on. They’re easy to install and start up, and they also offer a good warranty. We’ve had really good success with them.”
Since project completion, Mitsubishi Electric’s VRF system has provided precise control and comfort for the bank. Moreno noted that the flexibility of VRF technology has been a success, not just for employees, but clients too. “If our team is too hot or too cold, it will affect productivity. Our clients should also get good service, and ensuring that our team is comfortable allows us to fulfill our promise to our clients that they will receive an exceptional experience.”