We may be far from devices that can read minds, but HVAC technology has drastically improved since the first air conditioner was invented in 1902. Efficiency, affordability, convenience, and the environment are among the top concerns driving these advancements. From redesigned equipment to new applications, the future of HVAC is looking sharp.
Manufacturers are producing HVAC equipment that can communicate information about efficiency, report historical performance, and self-diagnose issues for the homeowner. Carriers are launching efficient air conditioners made with environmentally friendly refrigerant and high SEER ratings for maximum cooling and a reduced carbon footprint. Other innovative systems include:
- Geothermal heat pumps, which circulate warm and cold air from the ground through a series of connected pipes to heat and cool homes.
- Hydronic infloor heat, which uses water to warm the floor as well as the air for maximum efficiency. Unlike a forced air system, radiant heat is hidden from sight and reduces hot or cold air pockets.
- Dual fuel heat pumps, which automatically switch between a heat pump (powered by electricity) and furnace (fueled by natural gas). Duel fuel systems use the most cost-effective power source depending on the season.
Technological innovations are shaping the way we live, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things (loT). The Internet of Things is used to describe the idea that everyday objects are connected and controlled by Wi-Fi. Just like home automation is used for home security or to control smart appliances, digital tools and internet connectivity can maximize HVAC efficiency.
Programmable thermostats tied to a Wi-Fi system allow homeowners to control their heating and cooling through apps on their smartphone and manage energy use remotely. Some smart thermostats are designed to detect potential problems, send filter change reminders, alert the homeowner of an error, and power down the system to prevent further damage.
Technicians can gather more statistics on how a furnace or air conditioner is running using high-tech diagnostic tools. With more information, they can predict when equipment needs maintenance and avoid unexpected breakdowns. Training and installing processes have also become more streamlined. Virtual reality allows technicians to train online in a risk-free environment and can be used to show clients how an HVAC system would look like in a new construction project.
HVAC accessories to regulate indoor air have become increasingly popular. Products such as air purifiers and air exchangers can reduce VOCs and allergens and improve ventilation. This not only makes air quality healthier for building occupants, but also protects the HVAC system from dust and dirt that would otherwise build up and damage equipment.
In the future, expect to see many of these advancements even further refined to offer more HVAC solutions for homeowners and businesses alike. Even now, companies are designing units that can custom-serve homeowners while minimizing their environmental impact. Engineers are harnessing solar energy, wind power, heat-producing appliances, and ice to heat or cool more efficiently.
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