It’s an exciting time for the HVAC industry and for homeowners who want to go green, save money and enjoy superior comfort. Innovations in the trade are making systems more efficient than ever. These are just a few of the advances in HVAC technology that are shaping the future.
Smart HVAC Systems
Adaptable HVAC systems are reducing energy use dramatically. Carrier’s award-winning Greenspeed™ Intelligencesystem is leading the field. Adaptable heat pumps are 69 percent more efficient than traditional models. Greenspeed™ furnaces are also available.
Every smart HVAC system needs a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are being replaced by innovative Wi-Fi thermostats that can be accessed remotely and used to control heat, air conditioning, humidity and air quality.
Ductless heat pumps and air conditioners, such as the ones offered by Goodman, Carrier and York, are preferred by many residential and commercial customers because they are quiet, easy to install and efficient. This market has experienced double-digit growth for five consecutive years. Experts estimate that split systems will account for 30 percent of energy-efficient HVAC units by 2020.
Air Quality and Delivery
From Bryant to York, nearly every major HVAC brand offers a line of sophisticated indoor air quality products and filtration systems. Thanks to an increased interest in whole-house comfort, Navigant Research predicts that the air quality industry will grow by 80 percent in the next five years.
Ducts, which have always been a weak point in HVAC system design, are also improving. Leaky ducts can compromise the performance of any system by 20 percent or more. For residential HVAC installation, sales of energy-saving insulated duct board increased by 17 percent between 2000 and 2010.
Geothermal heat pumps aren’t entirely new, but energy-conscious consumers are finally catching on to their many benefits. Federal tax credits and state policies in Virginia are lowering the cost of ClimateMaster geothermal equipment by 30 percent. Once installed, these systems cut energy costs by 60 percent.
To learn more about these innovations, visit our product pages, or call us directly at 757-263-4869. Weather Makers is proud to provide industry-leading equipment and services to customers in the Chesapeake area.