With the growing concerns over energy use and increased greenhouse gas emissions, HVAC technologies being developed are being geared toward not only improving comfort but also increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. These innovative future HVAC upgrades could drastically change how we cool and heat our houses. Let’s explore what some of these up-and-coming solutions have to offer.
Motion-Activated Air Conditioning
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed an air conditioner that uses sensors placed on aluminum rods. The rods hang from the ceiling. Any kind of movement activates the sensors, which trigger the air conditioner to kick on. That means the air conditioner only turns on when there’s someone in your home.
This movement-activated cooling system is the first of its kind. It’s a preview of future HVAC systems being more compact, portable, and helping people further reduce their energy costs.
Solar-Thermal-Assisted HVAC System
This system has a solar collector after the compressor but before the condenser. The collector enables the system to use the sun’s free energy, making the compressor have an easier time producing the thermal energy needed to facilitate credible subcooling.
This product uses much less electricity than a conventional HVAC system. It’s estimated to give end-users a return on investment of two to five years.
The Ecovent is a brand-new vent design that’s been tested and already introduced to the market. You can, therefore, take advantage of it even today. It comprises sensor-enhanced vents that replace a home’s existing floor, ceiling, and wall vents.
You can use a smartphone app to control the Ecovent. What’s more, its sensors monitor your home’s air pressure, temperature, and air quality.
Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps
The argument behind this concept is that heat pumps are normally more energy-efficient and effective at providing maximum home comfort when utilizing combinations of fuels. The dual-fuel heat pump uses electricity when the temperature is higher than 35 degrees. At low temperatures, it uses gas to increase efficiency.
As HVAC technology continues to advance rapidly, it won’t be long before homeowners get the chance to enjoy the benefits of some, if not all, of these revolutionary home-comfort solutions. To learn more about future HVAC upgrades, contact us at Detmer and Sons, proudly serving the HVAC needs of homeowners in the Dayton area.