The Internet of Things (IoT) has touched nearly every industry, and it isn’t hard to see why. Our modern world heavily relies on the internet and data exchange between other devices. HVAC equipment is no different, as shown by the top 5 emerging trends in the HVAC industry.
5 Emerging Trends That are Reshaping the HVAC Industry
HVAC companies are challenging to run, which is why a large number of them have switched to automation software and other technology. Customers are also leading a few HVAC trends.
1. Eco-Friendly and Green HVAC Systems are in High Demand
Climate change is becoming an increasingly pressing issue, but up until recently, the switch to renewable energy was only possible for the wealthy. Now, it’s easier and cheaper than ever to install solar panels or wind turbines on or near your house, which is great for the environment.
But that’s not all. Eco-friendly HVAC systems are good for the wallet, too, as you’ll be able to save more money over time. If you have excess energy, you can sell it back to your local grid.
Solar panels and wind turbines are easier to maintain than traditional systems, but they aren’t your only option. Geothermal heating and cooling methods are on the rise, and you can transition slowly to eco-friendly systems by incorporating gas into your green HVAC system.
2. Smart Technology, Like Thermostats, are More Automated
HVAC installation only takes up a portion of the industry. There are plenty of organizations and businesses that rely on HVAC companies, such as the state government and energy, water, and gas companies. Thanks to smart technology, everyone can communicate more effectively.
For example, occupancy sensors can manage interior temperature, humidity levels, and lighting, whereas smart meters and thermostats can read energy usage and temperature accurately.
When smart technology is automated, HVAC techs can do their job faster, and utility companies don’t have to physically check their meters. Customers can install building automation systems (BAS) to connect their smart HVAC technology together to save more money on utilities.
3. Software Automation is Improving HVAC Business Functions
More and more businesses are using software to help with their regular business functions. For example, architecture firms are using AutoCAD software to help with 3D modeling and printing. Your HVAC business may already use this technology to build and print more accurate parts.
Since HVAC companies are constantly on the go and typically manage multiple clients, they tend to prefer software that can handle the complex needs of their demanding industry.
Software like Jobber, mHelpDesk, and Quickbooks: Intuit Field Service Management are super popular because they can generate invoices, create budgets, and track technicians. Service Fusion has one of the best mobile apps available, and FieldEdge excels in customer support.
4. HVAC Systems Are Slowly, but Surely, Going Ductless
Ductless HVAC systems aren’t new, but like any emerging technology, they were costly when they were first invented. They’re still expensive now. However, the cost to install one of these systems has lowered to the point that it almost rivals the cost of installing more ductwork.
Not only that, but older buildings don’t have enough space to extend their systems, which makes it hard for most city dwellers to actually install central air conditioning in their homes.
Since ductless HVAC systems connect to one outdoor compressor, they don’t need sheet metal ductwork to heat or cool air. Since some ductless systems can be somewhat of an eyesore, you may want to install them on the ground or paint them so they blend into your room’s decor.
5. Companies are Using Data to Understand Customer Need
Most of us have been in a business or home that’s either too hot in one room and too cold in another or never seems to get hot or cold enough. These issues are usually due to decaying ventilation in old buildings or a poorly connected HVAC system in newer property builds.
Software-enable HVAC systems, which typically use smart technology, can collect usage trends and system status. This can help your team get to the root of the customer’s ventilation issues.
Not only can these systems inform customers of preventative maintenance tactics, but they can also allow businesses to send out their techs for faster repairs. Software-enabled HVAC equipment can also track past performance, which can be used to train HVAC technicians.