Upcoming HVAC Technologies Contractors Should Know

Author: Brett Knox
February 20, 2024 - 4 MIN. READ


As we continue in 2024, the HVAC industry is seeing an influx of new technologies that are changing the way we approach heating and cooling systems. These new technologies are becoming increasingly popular, and HVAC contractors must be prepared to adapt to the changing landscape.

Two of these new technologies that are becoming more popular include smart HVAC technology and energy-efficient HVAC systems. To better serve their customers and succeed in the competitive HVAC industry, HVAC contractors should familiarize themselves with these advancements and understand how and when to implement them.

Rise of smart HVAC technology

Smart HVAC systems are becoming more common, with features like remote monitoring and control, energy efficiency tracking, and predictive maintenance. These systems are designed to be more energy-efficient and easier to manage, making them a popular choice for homeowners and businesses.

Remote monitoring and control

Remote monitoring and control allow homeowners and building managers to adjust their HVAC systems from their smartphones or tablets, making it easy to control temperature and humidity levels from anywhere. This feature is particularly useful for large facilities or buildings where managers are not always on premise.

Beforehand, such smart technology has not been thought of being incorporated into HVAC systems. However, with many people bringing more smart technology into their lives, it makes sense that even HVAC systems would begin offering it.

While some people like a basic thermostat, others may want a more complex one. Others want one that can connect to their phone. While there are many different thermostats, finding the one that does what your client wants is the most important thing.

Energy efficiency tracking

Energy efficiency tracking is another popular feature of smart HVAC technology. These systems can track energy usage in real-time, allowing building and facility managers to identify areas where they can save on energy costs. This can be particularly useful for businesses that want to reduce energy bills and become more sustainable.

Smart HVAC technology uses a smart home algorithm that uses performance data to improve. Instead of using the circuit board in the thermostat, which is found on the inside of the wall, this system uses a communicating technology circuit board located in the indoor unit of the energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance is becoming increasingly popular in the HVAC industry as it provides a proactive approach to system maintenance. With the help of sensors and algorithms, smart HVAC systems can detect and diagnose potential issues before they become more severe problems. HVAC contractors can then perform maintenance and repairs before any significant damage is caused, preventing unexpected breakdowns and the need for costly emergency repairs.

This proactive approach can save homeowners and businesses significant amounts of money on repairs and replacements over time. Additionally, predictive maintenance can help to extend the lifespan of HVAC systems, making them more efficient and reliable in the long run.

Growing demand

As the popularity of smart HVAC technologies continues to grow, HVAC contractors may see an increase in demand for these systems. As they have special sensors and computer programs that can find and fix problems before they get worse. This means that someone can come and fix it before it breaks down and costs a lot of money to fix. It can also extend the system's lifespan, leading to improved performance and long-term cost savings. As a result, there will be increasing demand for such technology to streamline operations and reduce expenses over time. Consequently, contractors will require training to effectively install and maintain these systems, potentially necessitating investments in new equipment and tools to meet the rising demand.

Shift towards energy-efficient HVAC systems

Energy efficiency is a growing concern for many homeowners and businesses, and HVAC systems significantly contribute to energy usage. As a result, HVAC contractors may see an increase in demand for more energy-efficient systems.

SEER rating

One key metric used to measure the energy efficiency of HVAC technologies is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This rating can measure the system's cooling output throughout the cooling season, divided by the energy used in watt-hours. Systems with higher SEER ratings are more energy-efficient, meaning they use less energy to cool a given space.

Variable speed motors

Another critical feature of energy-efficient HVAC systems is variable-speed motors. These motors can adjust their speed based on the cooling needs of the space, allowing the system to operate more efficiently and reduce energy usage. This can be particularly useful in large commercial areas, where the cooling needs may vary throughout the day.

As the demand for energy-efficient HVAC systems continues to grow, HVAC contractors may need to invest in new equipment and tools to meet this demand. Contractors may also need to stay up-to-date on the latest energy efficiency regulations and standards to ensure they provide their customers with the most efficient systems possible.

As new technologies continually emerge, it's vital to grasp their functionalities and how they can be integrated into your business model to provide installation services. While delving into new technologies may appear daunting at first, comprehending their applications and potential benefits can introduce innovative offerings to your business portfolio.

High-performance HVAC installation is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. By improving on HVAC systems that are currently installed, HVAC contractors can improve the energy efficiency of already installed systems by retrofitting them and providing a better HVAC experience for your clients.

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