New technology, such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, are revamping the heating and air conditioning industry. HVAC professionals and Bay Area homeowners should have a fair idea of these advancements to keep up with changing technology. This will also help them plan equipment maintenance and monitor their energy usage. These are a few HVAC trends that are geared up to define the future of home cooling:
Energy Analysis (Energy Gauge)
There are several software programs that are being developed for saving time and money. Energy Gauge is an energy analysis software that may lead to greater HVAC innovation. This software can provide an in-depth cost/benefit analysis for measuring existing systems in terms of energy improvement. Engineers and architects can use this platform for finding appropriate equipment for creating better designs and calculating a building’s lifetime energy consumption.
Sensor Enhanced Vents (Ecovent)
Ecovent is a latest HVAC technology changing the industry in more ways than one. Ecovent enables homeowners to control the climate of a room digitally through a convenient app. Smart sensors in the app gather and transmit climate data in each room. The information is coordinated with each vent by the Ecovent Smart Hub. It controls the vent telling it when to open and close for directing the airflow.
Dramatic temperature differences are solved by this HVAC technology. It takes care of issues such as inefficient cooling and heating. Installation is easy and quick and doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete. The technology allows for greater comfort with 30% more energy savings.
Ice-Powered Air Conditioning (Ice Air)
Ice Air is a Californian company that recently introduced a new HVAC technology called Ice Bear. This is an air conditioning unit that makes use of ice for cooling a room. It freezes 450 gallons of water in an overnight tank during the Ice Charging mode.
This ice provides air conditioning for up to 6 hours when run on Ice Cooling mode during the day. After this point the air conditioner reverts to the conventional unit of the building. Ice Bear can significantly reduce total net energy consumption when used in combination with standard units.
Dual Fuel Heat Pump (ARS Rescue Rooter)
A full-sized gas furnace and electric heat pump are combined together into one package by this HVAC technology. ARS Rescue Rooter is great for homeowners living in those areas of the country that have low electricity rates and moderate climates which don’t go below freezing. Electric heat pump will keep the home warm when temperatures are above 35 degrees. The pump will switch to gas when temperatures are sub-freezing for warming the house efficiently.
Smart Thermostats (Nest Thermostat)
Smart home systems have allowed homeowners to integrate the various features of HVAC technology with other functions in the home. For instance, Nest Thermostat can access Amazon Alexa for changing the temperature in a particular room. All you would need to say is “Alexa, set the living room to 72-degrees”.
In fact, Nest Thermostat is advanced enough to recognize the times when all homeowners are away from home. It’s compatible with Phillips Hue lights that can detect when nobody is home. The Nest can automatically turn off lights that were accidentally left on for saving energy.