The world is an exciting place abuzz with technological innovations aimed at making life more comfortable; there is no exception when it comes to residential HVAC. In the world of home heating and cooling systems, the future promises some major improvements. The goals of the HVAC revolution are aimed and reducing energy usage —and associated costs— while providing cleaner, environmentally friendly comfort. Not only will the advances make homes more comfortable, but will allow them to be safer as well. Let’s take a look at some of the newest residential HVAC innovations, some of which are still in the development phase and some are already in use.
Motion detected air conditioning
Motion activated heating and cooling systems will revolutionize home comfort while dramatically reducing home energy costs. Engineers have recently developed an air conditioner that uses sensors to detect movement and only kicks on when people are present. Of course, there are some kinks to work out, like cooling when people are sitting still or a dog is home and moving around when people aren’t there. Even with its potential flaws, just like motion activated lights, the idea is ingenious. This improvement will reduce the amount of warmed or cooled air being circulated unnecessarily, which will greatly reduce home energy bills.
Solar-powered air conditioning
Currently, in the United States, solar power is already beginning to be regularly used to power home energy panels. This technology creates the ability to indirectly power residential heating and cooling systems. However, an Australian company has upped the ante and designed an air conditioner unit that is powered by solar power and natural gas. Since the air compressor sits outside, it is a wonder that this wasn’t created sooner! By harnessing the power of the sun, this air conditioner will be able to completely bypass a home’s electrical system altogether. Once this technology is widespread, home energy costs are sure to drop dramatically.
Smartphones currently already have the ability to control some aspects of a home including security systems, lights, and thermostats. Appliance companies are currently working on appliances that can be controlled remotely or tied into smart home systems to allow homeowners to control everything within the home even when you aren’t there. Although this technology already exists in the raw form, it will be a while yet before its implementation is mainstream.
Ecovent is a revolutionary new product that replaces your home’s existing air vents. The brilliance of this product is that it allows each room to be set to a desired temperature and provides airflow only to the rooms that need it. This reduces the amount of forced air circulating your home and the energy it takes to pump it. This product also monitors air pressure and other indoor air quality factors, all on your smartphone. This technology is already available on the market and can be used to reduce energy costs in your home now.
On-command hot water recirculator
On average, the typical American home wastes an estimated 12,000 gallons of water a year by running cold water, waiting for it to warm up. To support home water heaters, the “on-command pump” can be attached to the water lines under a kitchen or bathroom sink. When it is activated, the water that drains will be recirculated into the water system. This means that you can choose when the water is circulated back and when dirty water can continue its draining journey. This brilliant idea may not help increase home energy efficiency, but will help reduce the amount of water wasted, and is already available on the current market.
The future of HVAC is focused on green living, comfort, and home energy efficiency. Innovations that improve home energy efficiency also help reduce home energy costs. Green products will provide safer homes with better quality indoor air while reducing our carbon footprint. Most importantly, all of these inventions serve to make homes and buildings more comfortable for its inhabitants. The licensed HVAC technicians at Service Mechanical Controls in Salt Lake City keep up with the latest industry innovations to maintain credentialing as subject matter experts. Call our friendly, knowledgeable staff with all of your HVAC questions today!