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4 Ways in which HVAC Technology will Evolve in 2020

By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The evolution of HVAC technology will not only enable seamless control of temperature in large structures, but will also promote sustainability.

FREMONT, CA: The technological developments in the last few years have spurred the evolution of HVAC. The options available for the customers have also increased significantly. HVAC is one of the biggest energy consumers in large facilities. It is imperative for HVAC providers to become more customer-centric as they become more knowledgeable regarding the applications of smart HVAC offerings.

The latest trends in the sector are aimed at lowering the energy usage required for heating and cooling. By implementing robust and efficient HVAC systems, the adopters can lessen their impact on the environment. Customizing the installations according to the requirements of adopters will enable them to optimize energy consumption and achieve efficiency.

Temperature Zoning

The temperature zoning facilitated by HVAC technology enables users to set multiple temperatures in different zones of the house or buildings using a common cooling or heating system. The ductwork dampers incorporated into the systems empower users to manipulate the temperature in different rooms using individual thermostats. HVAC zoning systems also allow different temperatures in adjoining rooms, thus significantly enhancing user experience. Zoning systems can be used to provide varying temperatures on different floors or in separate wings of the building. It will substantially increase the energy savings of the users without the expense of installing a new system.

Smart Systems

The connectivity and synchronizing capability offered by smart systems empower users to control the temperature appliances through their smartphone applications. The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) has enabled homeowners and building operators to facilitate connectivity between digital devices and remotely adjust a range of devices, including lights, windows, heat, and cooling systems. The incorporation of virtual assistants will also enable users to manipulate the temperature settings with voice commands. The sensor-activated ventilation and motion detection air conditioning systems will allow automatic operation of the HVAC based on the occupancy of the building. It will not only facilitate lower operating costs but will also contribute to energy savings.

Green Air Conditioning

The development of eco-friendly air conditioning, including thermal systems powered by solar energy and natural gas, has enabled lower energy consumption. It has reduced maintenance as well, pertaining to lesser moving parts in the equipment. An ice-powered air conditioning system produces large quantities of ice, which can be used to cool the refrigerant in the place of a traditional AC compressor. The variable refrigerant flow (VRF) allows individual control of multiple streams, thus allowing for the independent control of heating and cooling in different rooms. It will not only enhance efficiency but will also lower the lifetime cost of ownership.

Advanced Heat Pumps

The conventional heating systems utilize fossil fuels for operation, which not only increases cost but also leaves a greater carbon footprint. However, the emergence of innovative heat pumps enables the heating systems to operate on natural gas and electricity, alternating between them to enhance efficiency. When outdoor temperatures drop, natural gas is used for rapid heating. The advanced systems are designed to automatically enter energy-saving mode when the desired temperature is reached. Geothermal pumps leverage underground tubing to exchange heat with the ground. During winter, the pumps extract heat from the ground, and in summer, the earth is used to absorb the heat.

HVAC organizations can bolster their footing in the market by staying up to date with the latest technological advancements. Their systems should not only meet the demands of the consumers but also facilitate energy efficiency. When implementing HVAC technology, construction organizations should incorporate sustainability into their planning. It will not only enable seamless control of temperatures throughout the year but will also accommodate the environmental requirements.

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