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7 Trends that may change the AC game this year

Increasing uses of digital zone

Using programmable thermostats in various zones across your house or building is becoming more popular. It's a pattern that's predicted to last until 2022. This adaptable approach to your heating and cooling demands helps you save money on energy bills by adjusting the temperature in less-used areas a few degrees depending on the season or even the time of day. If you spend all of your time during the day in your home office and kitchen, for example, you can set those zones to your preferred degree of comfort while the rest of the house is set to a different temperature. The other zones can then be programmed to turn on later when you want to unwind in the living room or bedroom. Any home with wireless internet access and forced air can benefit from digital zoning.

Geothermal solutions

Over the last few years, geothermal systems have grown in popularity, and this trend is projected to continue. Geothermal systems use the Earth's heat energy to provide efficient and long-lasting HVAC solutions. The systems are expected to be 65 percent more energy efficient than other HVAC systems.

Traditional heating and cooling systems are more expensive to operate, quieter than most HVAC systems, and less environmentally friendly than geothermal heating and cooling systems.

3D Printed units

3D printed air conditioners will bring technology and HVAC together in an unexpected way. A 3D porous block that absorbs humidity and cools the air through evaporation is the most recent innovation in this sector. Traditional materials are less reliable and durable than 3D printed materials, therefore these systems will require less maintenance and last longer. While this technology was initially developed in 2015, it is still not widely available, but it is an emerging trend to keep an eye on in 2022.

Better UX and UI support

While the concept of wi-fi-connected thermostats is enticing, many homeowners are put off by the complicated interface that these devices usually employ. Smart thermostats will continue to save energy, but the devices that control them will make the user experience more convenient.

The Nest thermostat, for example, learns your habits and adjusts itself accordingly. Once it learns your routines, it can switch on the air conditioning just before you arrive home, or turn the thermostat down a degree or two at sleep. These devices may be accessed from anywhere at any time and will warn you of potential dangers such as CO leaks or furnace failures. Google Nest, for example, keeps track of your energy usage and history so you can make adjustments to save even more money on your heating and cooling expenses.

AI thermostats will gain popularity

Smart, programmable thermostats have grown in popularity as consumers realize how much money they can save on their monthly energy costs. These gadgets connect to WiFi so you can use your tablet, smartphone, or computer to connect to them. Smart thermostats can be used in any home with a WiFi connection.

HVAC units are getting smarter

The HVAC business has benefited from the Internet of Things since it allows for equipment monitoring and data collection. These technologies will progress to the point where your systems will be able to notify you when they aren't performing properly or when they require routine preventative maintenance. Your HVAC systems will employ sensors to control and monitor your humidity and temperature levels using smart technology.

Your technicians will have access to this information, which will help them determine what needs to be done to service your HVAC systems.

Air Scrubbers, Air Cleaners, and Whole House Humidifiers

Viruses and other airborne pollutants will continue to be a high priority until 2022. These systems were once considered "nice to haves," but they are now considered "necessities" in the modern home. Whole-house humidifiers can help people with respiratory disorders like asthma and COPD breathe better by reducing the risk of illness, maintaining correct humidity to protect their hardwood furniture and flooring, and assisting individuals with respiratory ailments like asthma and COPD.

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