Advancements in the HVAC industry focus on increased efficiency, resulting in energy savings, improved user comfort, and a positive contribution to sustainability efforts. Smart technology and energy analysis software support the control of HVAC services together with other building management systems.

Research shows that cooling accounts for nearly 4% of annual greenhouse gas emissions. We can minimize our climate change impact and future-proof our HVAC systems by embracing technological advancements. Let’s take a closer look: 

The HVAC Industry in Flux: Embracing Technological Advancements   

Sometimes, it feels as if developments in the HVAC industry are happening too quickly. Some examples are smart sensors that personalize comfort settings in a hotel, geothermal power to heat or cool homes, and software that tracks the sun’s movement to activate air conditioning only where needed in office buildings. 

It can be overwhelming to know where to start. Many businesses are uncomfortable with the idea of digitizing their entire HVAC systems in one shot. The reality is that HVAC technological advances are only going to increase, and we need to start embracing what it has to offer to lower energy costs, improve building occupant experiences, and be more eco-conscious overall.  

Energy Efficiency Revolution: How Smart HVAC Systems are Changing the Game   

Energy efficiency equals lower energy costs, and smart HVAC systems are changing the way we use energy in any type of building. In the past, it was standard to activate a whole building’s HVAC system, maintaining temperature, humidity, and air quality levels at full capacity even when there were only a few people in the building. 

With the introduction of smart HVAC systems, heating and cooling systems are automatically adjusted to ensure optimal performance in specific areas and only when needed. So, when employees on the third floor of a building work through the night, the HVAC system in that zone is active while the rest of the building is in night mode, resulting in extensive energy savings. 

The Rise of IoT in HVAC: Connecting Systems for Seamless Control  

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of objects embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other systems and devices over the internet. It is also called smart technology. HVAC industry advances use smart thermostats and building automation systems for seamless control.  

Smart thermostats have sensors that monitor indoor air quality, transmitting information continuously to the software systems they are connected to. These systems use AI and data analytics to adapt air quality and manage energy usage. Because it is internet-connected, the thermostat and HVAC system can be managed remotely – which is very beneficial for someone who manages multiple buildings and cannot travel to each one every single day. 

Sustainable Cooling and Heating: Exploring Renewable Energy Sources   

The main renewable energy sources used for cooling and heating are solar and geothermal power. Because HVAC systems generally use a lot of energy, there are limitations when using solar, but the systems are continuously refined. Some businesses and homeowners use a mix of solar and electricity/gas to manage their HVAC systems. 

Geothermal heating and cooling systems can be expensive, but they reduce energy consumption by up to 44% compared to air-source systems. These systems can also decrease carbon emissions as there are no refrigerants. They use the earth’s heat, heat pumps and water in underground pipes to maintain optimal temperature preferences.

Beyond Comfort: HVAC Innovations Enhancing Indoor Air Quality   

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is crucial to maintaining a comfortable and healthy work and living environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new health-based ventilation targets for buildings, causing the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to update their ventilation standards to incorporate the new requirements. 

There is opportunity for more HVAC innovations to enhance indoor air quality and reduce pollutants, pathogens, and allergens in indoor air. Smart technology contributes positively to this effort.  

Longevity and Adaptability: Investing in HVAC Systems Built for the Future

HVAC systems designed for the future focus on automation, realtime data, energy efficiency and sustainability. The internet connectivity of smart HVAC systems is a risk, but it can be properly managed. Quality HVAC systems are manufactured to last for decades, but this does not mean you cannot utilize the energy efficiency offered by smart HVAC technology. 

Tri-Tech Energy has installed hundreds of systems over the last 30 years, and we know which energy-efficient components are appropriate for each application, whether you choose to retrofit, upgrade, or want a new HVAC system.

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