Natural Gas Heat Pump Technology
Natural Gas Heat Pump Air-Conditioners (GHP) have been used globally for over two decades and have proven to be an energy saving and sustainable alternative to electric systems. Collectively, the GHP manufacturers have produced over half a million Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV©) and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems.
The 1st VRV© product was launched in Asia in the early 1980’s, and then launched again in 1987 in Europe. Over the last 2 decades, VRV© systems have undergone different generations of itself and now, as the U.S. demand for an energy efficient and ‘green’ product is growing, this state-of-the-art sustainable technology is being looked at with the utmost interest.
While this GHP technology has been used throughout the Asian and European markets for decades, the electric VRV© systems and the GHP natural gas VRF systems have been paving new roads in North America. Tom Young, the founder of IntelliChoice Energy, has been working with GHP natural gas VRF systems since 1994. IntelliChoice Energy (formerly All Air Systems and Team Consulting) has been working on natural gas heat pump projects with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to create more energy efficient gas cooling GHP products. These products are being used on dozens of private, public and government applications across the United States and have been running for years. The Desert Southwest was used as the proving grounds to ensure already reliable GHP units will work in the most severe conditions.
The VRV©& VRF are perceived as being “new” to the U.S., however, they have been well established in North America. The representatives of the electric VRV©-VRF systems have and continue to educate and train the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning industry about GHP technology. We are continually working to educate the public on the history of our systems and the advantages of our product.