Gary’s Corner – What Role Will Technology Play in HVAC?
Since today’s furnaces are 98% efficient and variable flame and high-efficiency motors, I do not see great changes in efficiency. I believe the ECM motors will be slightly more efficient as they continue to do more redesign.
There have already been some trends now that point to more communication between the equipment (furnace, A/C, humidifier) and the homeowners which results in a more constant monitoring of the system and inevitably more comfort. There also has been more of a trend to have the contractor who installed the equipment have a line of communication to the equipment in case there was a malfunction that could be potentially dangerous.
Thermostats already on the market will learn our schedules and even track how far from home we are to reset the temperature in our homes.Those thermostats will also be able to give you a forecast for the day/week and adjust your settings accordingly.
Our team will be doing most of our paperwork for billing on tablets or smart devices in the next year rather than paper work orders. This will help our field technicians communicate with office staff in real time and they will also be able to send parts requests to manufacturers without even picking up the phone.
It will also be interesting to see where sustainable energy sources go and if they can be made on a residential level to allow homeowners to self-sustain at an affordable upfront cost. I could see manufacturers figuring out ways to generate energy on your own property instead of burning fossil fuels.