It is a widely-known fact that HVAC systems are among the biggest energy consumers in both residential and commercial facilities. This fact is why the HVAC industry is gradually moving toward eco-friendly sustainable systems designed to use less energy. The focus of these new systems is on the utilization of more efficient technology and renewable sources of energy.
Below is a short overview of these new trends happening in the HVAC industry:
1. Green building design
The focus of green or sustainable building design is on reducing the overall impact of the built environment on humans, as well as the natural environment through the efficient use of energy, water, and other natural resources.
As an essential component of green building design, developments in the HVAC segment include continuous innovation in ventilation systems. Architects are actually working on using natural airflow more to reduce electricity consumption. They are also tapping into new building materials that can be used to efficiently maintain building temperature without the corresponding high energy consumption, as well as alternative power sources.
2. Solar HVAC
The sun’s natural availability makes it a viable energy resource that is technically free of cost. Solar HVAC systems make use of solar panels to absorb solar energy and heat, or thermal energy. Solar panels can be easily integrated into new building design and construction, but they can also be refitted for existing buildings or structures.
3. DeVAP HVAC
Desiccant-enhanced evaporative or DeVAP is also transforming the HVAC industry.
Desiccants are substances that absorb water from the surrounding area. They provide cooling through the use of an evaporative cooling system. Water goes through a honeycomb media in a DeVAP system, which, in turn, absorbs it like a sponge. A fan is used to blow the water through the media, thereby causing it to evaporate. It is this process of evaporation that causes the surrounding air to cool down. This cooled air is then released into the cooling system.
The dessicants used in DeVAP systems remove the humidity content in the surrounding air. This means they can also provide the same dry, cool air given off by traditional air conditioners. However, the great thing about DeVAP systems is that they consume a lot less energy and contain no harmful refrigerants.
4. Geothermal HVAC
An important feature of geothermal HVAC systems is the earth loop. This is a system of underground pipes or tubes with running water. Depending on the season or time of year, these tubes are either cooled or heated by the ground temperature. The water in the pipes then travels to an indoor unit where the pump, compressor, and fan are used to deliver temperate air to the rest of the building, house, or structure. This means a geothermal HVAC system is also less likely to use a lot of energy.
Growing and innovating
Aside from the aforementioned new HVAC systems and approaches being explored to support green or sustainable building design and construction, the HVAC industry is already quietly embracing smart technology.
Smart technology ties closely to the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables HVAC system users to have remote access to their facilities and equipment, scheduled preventive maintenance, as well as make use of self-regulation mechanisms to identify when and where in the building an HVAC system needs to be used. This means enhanced energy efficiency, safety, and cost savings.
If you want to know how we can make your home or building more energy-efficient, get in touch with us at Pristine Air HVAC – we offer air conditioning, HVAC set up and installation for new construction and renovations, humidifiers and HVAC accessories, as well as furnace repairs and installations in Cochrane, Alberta.