HVAC is often responsible for about 40% of a building’s total energy consumption—showing just how much HVAC efficiencies or advancements can help you save.
Not only can tech or HVAC innovations help you save money, but they can help you extend the life of your system…and they can make sure your building occupants are healthy, comfortable, and safe.
Let’s take a look at some of the advancements, innovations, and emerging technology that will shape how you heat and cool your business:
Intelligent HVAC systems
Smart thermostats may be the technology that most consumers are focused on right now. Beyond smart thermostats, sensor-driven technology will make an impact with zoned heating and cooling, ventilation, air supply, moisture control, CO2 monitoring and measurement, and potentially even advanced, on-demand control of compressors and air handlers.
The takeaway is that as prices for this kind of tech become more affordable, more options will exist for greater intelligence to be built into all areas of our systems, electrical grids, and buildings. This kind of control, precision, and self-diagnosis will be great for comfort, but also ongoing maintenance reminders and notifications.
More advanced refrigerants
Traditionally, certain components like CFCs were required to have create an effective and/or cost effective refrigerant compound. The problem is many of these components are not great for the environment.
One of the standard refrigerants now in use doesn’t have CFCs, but it’s still not advantageous to the environment.
In the future, we’ll be watching to see effective and environmentally safe options that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions while being more energy efficient, too. Of course building owners will want to be sure this doesn’t necessarily come with a cost increase, unless they are forced to change.
Air quality monitoring
In the future, not only will there be changes in terms of the accuracy that exists when looking at indoor air quality, but technology will take monitoring one step further. In other words, keep watching for connected tech to detect pollutants and irritants and then make changes immediately to address those potential concerns; the result will be cleaner, more purer air in real-time in buildings.
More practical and efficient solar-powered air conditioning
In many climates and in certain conditions, rooftop panels that capture solar energy don’t have the required ROI for building owners to take notice. But in the future, as rooftop panel lenses continue to evolve, this may increasingly change.
We’ll be watching to see if solar energy for more efficient AC will make sense in the future in our region.
Inverters will be more accurate and easier to control in the future. Even current technology exists that allows AC systems to be used at incremental levels; that just means less energy waste, more control—and that’s great when it’s not just for the ultra-high end models, but across many models and system sizes/capacities (1).
Wearables for technicians
Maintenance is one of the most critical parts of your system’s longevity and for its optimal efficiency. Wearable tech, worn by HVAC technicians, may only add to this process; when workers use wearable tech, they’ll be able to use expertise to an online network of HVAC experts.
In other cases, an on-site technician’s work can be “double checked” by someone in a remote location, all in real-time or near real-time. It’s just one more way that tech can support improved inspection, diagnosis, and overall system maintenance.
Some commercial markets (think: hospitality and healthcare) have been a bit more on the leading edge when it comes to building automation. But connecting, communicating, and getting rich data insights will continue to be important in industries beyond where it’s started to make an impact.
More integrated design
Integrated and holistic design is increasingly in demand, for good reason. People are seeing the value of having all stakeholders—such as build operators, estimators, construction consultants, architects, engineers, HVAC contractors, and more—involved from the start of the project.
Collaboration throughout the project is helping to streamline projects, it can result in material savings, and can result in less costly projects altogether. It might not be seen as technology per se, but more software will support this integrated, holistic approach and the maintenance after.
HVAC for Cincinnati Businesses
Greater Comfort is your go-to resource for dependable HVAC services and support. From install to repair—and from maintenance to innovative solutions—we’re here to help you with all your commercial heating and cooling needs.
To get a free estimate for your business, contact us today at greatercomfort.com or call 859-491-4915.