Driverless cars, personal care robots, medical 3D printing. It seems everywhere you look, technology is advancing at an amazing rate. That’s as true for the HVAC industry as any other. In particular, there are new advances in air conditioning, some of which are right around the corner and others a little further off.
Here are some of the notable innovations you can expect to see in the coming months and years.
Improved motors are already on the horizon. The conventional motor used in AC systems, the multi-speed permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor, will soon be prohibited in new equipment. Starting in 2019, it will be replaced by high-efficiency electronically commutated motors (ECMs) in all new units. This applies to both furnace and AC fan motors. While ECMs offer a number of benefits, cost savings are among the top.
Variable Speed Compressors
Variable speed compressors are already on the market, but they’re becoming more popular and inexpensive. Soon, they’ll be the industry standard. Their biggest advantage is improved dehumidification. A unit that can operate at a lower capacity will run longer and remove more humidity.
Extreme Zone Control
Variable speed air conditioning and modulating heating makes it easier to have smaller zones in your home. Each zone works in harmony with the system to provide the precise airflow to only the rooms (zones) that require cooling or heating. Most current systems need larger zones that include multiple rooms. This is necessary to avoid restricting airflow or having to create a bypass to get rid of excess air. The new systems, with full modulation, will improve to the point where each room can have its own thermostat without restricting airflow or wasting cooled or heated air.
With the advent and improvement of Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, your HVAC pro will soon be able to monitor your system. They'll have access to reports and warnings of minor system issues. That way, your HVAC pro can deal with the concern before it turns into big, costly issues.
Improved Ductless Systems
Ductless AC has been around for over 40 years, but recent improvements have made them quieter, easier to install, and lower in price. Now, these problem-solving units are merging with Wi-Fi technology to be even more attractive to homeowners. We’re pretty impressed with the new unit Carrier announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Visit www.carrierductless.com to find out more about Carrier’s full line of ductless solutions.
More Innovations Coming
Other advances in air conditioning will be coming in the next few years. Here are just a few to watch for:
- New Refrigerants: Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will soon be replaced with new hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants that are better for the environment.
- Improved Home Automation: Smart homes will have better integration with HVAC systems and the ability to automatically sense when heating or cooling is needed in smaller zones.
- Solar-Powered AC: Solar-assisted cooling is available today, but in the future, its limitations will be surpassed. When that happens, most or all of the energy needed for cooling will be provided by the sun.
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