Rickard Air Diffusions slogan “Intelligent Comfort Control” underlies its belief that VAV Diffusers must be designed to not only intelligently maintain comfort levels but achieve this efficiently too.
South Africa is unique in that it uses Variable Air Volume diffusers in the majority of its buildings that are air-conditioned with ducted systems. The alternative that is commonly used abroad is a combination of constant volume diffusers and VAV boxes. The advantage of VAV diffusers are their energy savings, comfort levels and flexibility. A study by an external engineering consultancy shows that VAV diffusers save 20% of an installations air-conditioning energy expenditure and 5% of the entire buildings energy bill. Unlike VAV boxes, VAV diffusers directly affect fan speed and hence energy used when they reduce the volume of air into the conditioned space. VAV diffusers are also able to maintain air movement and comfort levels while doing so.
Rickard uses industry leading controls to intelligently control its products and the latest Engineering tools to design them. They offer the client seamless integration into a buildings management system and unparalleled flexibility for building layout changes. Rickard offers further energy saving functionality through built in occupancy sensing that closes the diffuser and switches off the lights when the room is unoccupied.
The advantages of VAV diffusers and Rickards focus on innovation and quality has seen growth for the company into overseas markets. Rickard sees further potential in smaller buildings where energy saving is a deciding factor.
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