Air conditioners and heaters, since their inception, have been in a constant state of evolution. Most progress concerning HVAC systems has been in power, with new systems pushing out more on average than older machines in the past. That’s not to say that older HVACs aren’t reliable, as many consumers are reluctant to update those that appear to be working.
However, the future of HVAC tech won’t’ be the same as in previous times. My air conditioning has undergone a complete overhaul, whereby I researched to find something that’s low in energy consumption but high in power. Through my findings, I realized several emerging trends in HVACs that the general public will undoubtedly see over the next few years. Here are some of them:
Take a gander through tech forums on virtually any subject, and automation will likely be a hot-button topic. Everything from the vehicles we drive to the food prepared for us at restaurants is within range of being automated, and this goes for HVACs as well. You’ll no longer have to turn on your machine when you’re home from work.
HVACs will pretty much operate without the user having to do much of anything. Of course, you’ll still need to monitor the processes, but the sophistication of this should also increase. Expect to see systems with filters that don’t require changing and even updates to computerized models. Think of future HVAC the same way modern flatscreens operate today, where improvements to existing software are downloadable through your home’s WiFi connection.
Sustenance Over Power
Power will always play a part in the selling point for HVACs. But as trends show, people need more than that. However, sustainability will become a dominant presentation. Sustenance in HVACs determines how they process energy over an extended period. If the amount of power to keep an AC and heater running stays low, it remains sustainable to the resident’s benefit.
Lower power means fewer annual costs to keep your home cool. Plus, it’s economically better for others wanting a high-tech HVAC that’s out of their price range. If more people use sustainable HVACs, companies have an incentive the drive down costs. Competition from various brands will do the rest.
Advances in Software
To add more to HVAC software being able to update on its own, there will also be improvements to its analytics. The way most people’s HVACs operate today requires that they manage its usage by monitoring when and how often the system is running, the amount of power depleted every month, etc.
With newer models, HVACs will handle this without you having the calculate the numbers yourself. Data analytics is what drives down costs and our carbon footprint the most. As progress manifests, these attributes will become commonplace, even for the cheapest HVAC systems.
The Future of HVACs is Here
Some of the features described are already observable in high-end heaters and air conditioners. But at the pace that improvements are undergoing, the price point for HVACs embedding these features will quickly drop to affordable levels for the general public. And with this will come more energy-efficient homes, creating an eco-friendly environment for all.