Current Trends in Home Heating and Cooling
September 20, 2023
The HVAC industry is continually developing solutions to improve home comfort while reducing energy usage and increasing HVAC system longevity. Whether you’re simply looking for ways to cut your monthly energy bills or are considering a new HVAC system for your home as your current system ages, your Columbus HVAC expert can help you explore the most recent trends and innovations in home heating and cooling to find the perfect solution for your needs.
“Smart” HVAC Technology
One of the biggest advancements in HVAC technology currently impacting the industry is the development of smart HVAC systems that can help you maximize efficiency to reduce energy usage while improving comfort. A smart thermostat can “learn” your schedule and usage preferences, then make adjustments to your indoor environment on its own, helping you to save money while you’re away from home and enjoy the perfect environment from the moment you step in the door. Thermostats that feature internet or cellular connectivity let you make changes to the conditions inside your home from anywhere while on the go, allowing you to accommodate changes in your schedule or in the weather since the last time you set your thermostat. In addition to smart thermostats, smart vents have also begun to appear on the market –these networked vents can open and close on their own to direct heated or cooled air through your home more efficiently. This reduces strain on your furnace or air conditioner while providing the atmospheric control you want in the areas of your home that you frequent most.
Although they have been in use since the 1940s, heat pumps have only recently gained widespread popularity in homes as homeowners recognize the benefits of more energy-efficient home heating and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient form of heat pump, performing heat exchange with the ground beneath your home for stable, energy-efficient heating and cooling all year long. A single system can provide both heating and cooling for your home, helping you to reduce your energy costs by up to 30-50% when compared with a traditional furnace and air conditioner. Today, a variety of loop configurations allows these systems to be installed on nearly any type of property, while hybridization options offer effective heating and cooling even in areas that experience more extreme temperatures.
Filtration and Ventilation Technology
As homes become more tightly-sealed environments for the purposes of greater energy efficiency, they can also contain higher concentrations of dust, dirt, and other airborne particles as air exchange with the outdoors is reduced. HVAC technology such as whole-home filtration systems and improved use of ventilation can keep your home cleaner for a healthier indoor environment. There are a variety of whole-home filter systems available today, which can be integrated into your existing central HVAC system for continual cleaning every time air is circulated through your ducts. The addition of ventilation in key areas can help to draw in fresh outdoor air and prevent stagnant air, high humidity, and other poor indoor air quality concerns inside your home without compromising the efficiency of your HVAC system.
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Last Updated: September 20, 2023