VRV systems are clearly very different in terms of input power usage.
Originally Posted by LKJoel
The daikin split concealed unit databooks suggest that the most efficient "seasonal units" have input power coefficients of 0.33-0.40, that is 30-40% of the nominal power rating is consumed at the lower cooling limit (around 40% of the max cooling load). The graphics they show are linear, that is input power rises linearly from the min cooling capacity though the the nominal used for EER to the maximum for a constant airflow and temperature.
I assume that cycling begins below that.
Not trying to be a 'know-it-all'... however this is the reason a zoned system can have smaller equipment. MAX load only happens on the few most extreme days... and generally if the system is not operated with setbacks (day/nite temps), this is a small issue.
Originally Posted by ACPM
IMO folks who do residential zoning know the things you described... :)