You might think the Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) industry is pretty constant, without too many changes that would affect your choices. However, HVAC products are becoming smarter and more efficient to help improve indoor environments and energy consumption. From technology that provides connectivity to your HVAC system and features designed to help improve indoor air quality, here are the 2020 HVAC industry trends to watch.
Smart HVAC systems will include preventive maintenance that can identify issues such as leaks and malfunctions that can lead to damage. Consumers are looking for home products that can provide real-time reports as well as alerts to let them know when there is a malfunction. Smarter, intuitive operation of HVAC systems will allow for such notices while also helping to preschedule maintenance checks and diagnostics. This intelligent technology will eventually even sense things such as the time of the sunrise and sunset in order to adapt to the proper settings.
Air Quality Monitoring
Air quality monitoring and control will help keep people safer and more comfortable. True read capabilities using smart sensors will detect pollutant particles and VOCs in indoor air. Once detected the system will activate ventilation that will help bring in more fresh air. At the same time, smarter systems will be able to monitor ozone emissions to keep up with green code initiatives. Green technology will also be increasingly used to improve air quality with increases in the use of alternatives to traditional filters such as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) by-pass filtration systems.
Smart technology has already arrived in the HVAC industry. Things like mobile apps that allow people to monitor and control their HVAC systems from their mobile phones will work in hand with smart thermostats. As already mentioned, they will also assist in maintenance and troubleshooting operational issues. As well, direct communication with HVAC contractors will streamline the repair and maintenance process for consumers. Systems will become integrated seamlessly with the likes of Alexa and Google Home while adding more features such as motion detection and humidity control. Contractors will also become more adept at using software as a service to track projects and remain more efficient.
Sustainable HVAC Solutions
Sustainable HVAC is growing in more demand with eco-friendly technologies such as Desiccant Enhanced Evaporate air conditioning (DeVAP), solar, and geothermal coming into play. DeVAP uses an eco-friendly refrigerant and creates a comfortable, cooler environment similar to traditional AC. Solar panels are already appearing in fields as well as home roofs everywhere, and some larger organizations have started to investigate using geothermal installations for entire subdivisions as a possible alternative to the traditional HVAC system.
Construction Environmental Efforts
The building process will become focused on smart and green technologies early on. HVAC installation will be increasingly more eco-conscious and include sustainable solutions with alternative power sources. There will also be an attempt to reduce carbon footprints with materials that allow for more effective temperature regulation.
These trends can make choosing your next HVAC system a lot more exciting. In fact, smart technology and thermostats are available for use today. For all of your HVAC needs, including smart home technology, contact your local ClimateCare member.