Like many kinds of technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, also known as HVAC systems for short, have been steadily improving thanks to the development and implementation of new technology. There have been plenty of new and exciting tech innovations for HVAC in the 21st century. Below are four of the biggest that you may not yet be aware of.
Movement-Triggered Air Conditioning
In the past, a thermostat had to be programmed so the air conditioning only ran during certain times of the day to conserve electricity when no one was home. In other cases, the air conditioning had to be activated manually by hand. This will soon become a thing of the past. Thanks to the installation of sensors located in different parts of a building such as the ceiling, the air conditioning will only run when there is movement inside. This will save a lot of money for homeowners and businesses.
One thing that has improved greatly in the 21st century is air conditioner maintenance. Today, air conditioners are far more efficient than they have been in the past. Some companies, like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc., know that regular maintenance can help stretch the life of an air conditioner for years and even decades longer than previously possible. Tracking the performance of an air conditioner is also far easier thanks to digital tools like energy analysis software that can monitor the efficiency of the system and alert the owner when a tune-up is necessary.
The Duel-Fuel Heat Pump
In the near future, the heating element of a HVAC system may actually use a combination of fuel sources. This will come in the form of a furnace working in conjunction with an electricity powered heat pump. At a certain temperature, say 35 degrees, the heating system will rely on electricity. However, when it dips below 35 degrees, the furnace will be used to heat the home instead. This has the possibility of greatly increasing efficiency and lowering costs.
The Ice-Powered Air Conditioner
Obsolete refrigerators from the 1930’s used ice as their cooling mechanism. While the idea may seem somewhat retro, ice may make a comeback in regards to be used as the cooling mechanism in air conditioners. This new system that has been developed cools water stored in a tank overnight until it crystallizes into ice that can be used to cool a building during the daytime.
HVAC systems are very important to the comfort and safety of people inside homes and other structures. Thanks to new technology, these systems are also becoming more efficient and more cost effective than ever before.