As we prepare to say goodbye to 2015 and say hello to the New Year, we’re all looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us. Each year brings something new – technology, ideas, and ways of life. If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that having a good heating and cooling system in your home can change your life. It’s all about the comfort! That’s why we’re letting you in on some of the top HVAC trends for 2016 – a year that’s sure to be smarter, more efficient, and sustainable.
Smarter And More Connected
In 2016, we’re going to see even more use of smart phones to help control your HVAC system. We already have technology that allows you to control the devices in your home while you’re on the go. Lights, thermostats, dishwashers, ovens, and garage doors can all be controlled through your phone and alert you if something is wrong or accidently left on or open. With a smart HVAC system, you’ll be able to get updates and alerts to let you know how you are using your energy. Heading home early, you’ll be able to warm up your home with the touch of a button – almost like a mobile thermostat. And by having control anywhere with Internet access, tracking efficiency couldn’t get any easier. (In fact, Carrier makes a thermostat – the Côr™ – which can help you do that now.)
Taking it a step forward, more homes will have automation in their HVAC systems. This means thermostats that adjust to changing weather patterns on their own. Furnaces that send alerts to you and your HVAC service company reminding you that it’s time for a filter change or maintenance. Really a smarter, in-tune system that can adjust before you even know it has to.
Next, with those smarter systems comes better efficiency. New technology means improved ways of doing the old tricks – like heating or cooling a home. Since it’s easier to track how much energy you’re using, it’ll be easier to save money on fuel costs. Plus, for many areas of the country, there are higher efficiency standards. That means newer HVAC models will have lower emissions and higher SEER ratings. The SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is the standard measure of efficiency in air conditioning systems and heat pumps. Overall, you’ll see a greater effort to go green in the HVAC world.
Finally, you’ll notice more and more households using alternative HVAC methods – such as geothermal and radiant floor heating. Geothermal has been around for more than 40 years according to proudgreenhome.com, but it’s really increasing in popularity. It uses the heat generated naturally from the ground to warm and cool your home. In-floor radiant heating uses warm water and tubing to heat a home or provide extra comfort to a bathroom floor or basement. In the past, many looked at alternative systems as a luxury for the rich, but with developing technology and more effort into making renewable energy sources attainable, it’s a trend you’ll see more and more.
If you want to learn about other HVAC trends that have commonly been only found in top-of-the-line luxury homes, click here. You’ll see that they are becoming more realistic for the average homeowner with each year that passes.