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3 HVAC Technology Trends to Watch for in 2021

Posted by Ed Miller on Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Image of solar panels on roof - HVAC Technology Trends: Renewable energyThe beginning of a new year is the most common time to plan big financial decisions - including major purchases for your home. If you’ve been considering investing in a new HVAC system, consider these trending technologies; not only are they guaranteed to make life easier (and boy, do we need that after a year like 2020), they will also help you save cash in the long term.

1. Renewable Energy Sources Are In

Green is in for 2021 as more people transition towards sustainable building materials and HVAC systems that run on renewable energy. Homes continue to be built with higher efficiency standards in response to demand. These days, homeowners want high-powered systems that also reduce their energy consumption. 

While sustainable HVAC systems are in, it is also expected that customer demand for equipment like gas boilers will continue to drop. You can expect to see new and improved, cleaner HVAC equipment running on electricity or hydrogen in the near future. Keep an eye out for the following eco-friendly innovations:

  • Energy analysis software for determining the most cost- and energy-efficient HVAC systems before installation. 

  • Sensor-enhanced vents that allow homeowners to digitally control the temperature in each room of their homes using an app connected to smart sensors.

  • Dual fuel heat pumps are equipped with an electric pump that operates when outside temperatures are over 35 degrees, as well as a gas pump that can heat the home more efficiently in colder conditions.

  • Air-conditioning units that switch from conventional cooling to an ice cooling mode for up to six hours a day to save energy. 

2. Smart Homes Continue to Grow in Popularity

Thanks to technology like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, more people are implementing smart integration into their homes. These connected systems act as a central hub that controls your home's various IoT devices - including security cameras, doorbells, lights, and your thermostat. Programmable thermostats used to be the latest and greatest thing, but they are old news compared to the technology in today’s smart thermostats. For example, the Nest thermostat can detect usage patterns in your heater and air conditioner to better program itself. Most smart thermostats allow for connectivity through apps provided by their manufacturers, allowing you to control the temperature at home via smartphone remotely.

3. Remote Systems Monitoring

By now, you are likely aware of the importance of preventative maintenance in keeping your HVAC system running smoothly. But what if your heating and cooling system could run diagnostics and report via remote monitoring if deviations from manufacturer specifications occur? What if it could remind you when it is time to change your air filter? Technology that does just this is becoming more common in both residential and commercial HVAC systems. This equipment enables HVAC professionals to monitor systems, know when maintenance needs to be done, and make recommendations to improve your system’s efficiency.

There is no better time than now to take advantage of the latest HVAC technology. If you are ready to update your home’s heating and cooling system, contact Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning to discuss your options.

 

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