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How HVAC is Getting Smarter

May 2, 2018

Technology is Changing HVAC

In the not-too-distant future, you may rarely have to touch your home HVAC unit. With cloud technology becoming more involved in how we heat and cool our homes, smart HVAC systems are already making thousands of Americans more comfortable – while saving them money.

Driven by the boom in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today’s thermostats not only sense the changing temperatures outside, but they can also align with your schedule. This creates the ideal solution for your needs, whether you’re out of the house or at home entertaining guests.

Read on to learn more about how smart HVAC is changing the home heating and cooling landscape, and what we can expect to see in the near future.

How IoT and Smart HVAC Work

If you’re unfamiliar with IoT, think of it as devices connected to the internet via sensors. The sensors themselves are not machines; rather the sensors exist to collect data for evaluation. After the information is analyzed, the devices connected to the sensors (such as your thermostat) can react accordingly.

A smart HVAC system can be controlled remotely, and advanced sensors in thermostats can adjust the system automatically to run efficiently in different conditions. What’s more, smart systems can alert you when they need routine maintenance or repairs. Ultimately, the main goal of IoT-connected HVAC units is to save you cash by controlling your home’s climate more efficiently and with minimal input from you.

Special Features of Smart HVAC Systems

A smart home HVAC system tackles problems your standard heating and cooling unit simply cannot.

For example, smart sensors monitor external conditions and adjust to maximize your home’s energy use for heating and cooling. Each degree your thermostat is off by can make up as much as 3% of your annual energy bill, which means accurate, self-adjusting HVAC units can save you plenty in money and energy.

Changing the temperature of your home couldn’t be easier with a smart system. You can preheat or cool down your home remotely before you return, or adjust it for sudden changes in your temperature needs. Each area or room in your smart HVAC-regulated home can be individually adjusted by IoT sensors, receiving more or less cold or hot air as needed.

The collection of real-time data, stored on the cloud, means your system’s performance is followed very closely. With more accuracy and attention focused on your HVAC, your system lasts longer, which helping you save even more over time.

The Future of Smart HVAC

Some experts estimate that by the year 2020, more than 20 billion devices will be connected through an IoT solution – and smart HVACs of the future will boast even more advanced features.

Thermostats are just now becoming available which have the ability to detect any room’s humidity level and how many occupants are inside. It’s only a matter of time before other variables will be added to the list of IoT-connected HVAC capabilities.

Other IoT-controlled units will now automatically sync with your calendar on your phone or through the cloud. This gives units the ability to constantly adjust temperatures without you even having to touch a button. Whether you’re away on vacation or at a quick doctor’s appointment, your home will be smart enough to change its climate as needed.

Future HVAC units will also be better equipped to handle power or internet outages as these systems become the norm. Fallback plans and backup systems will have to become more sophisticated and seamless, so that the loss of power or WiFi doesn’t disrupt a smart HVAC system.

Regardless of where technology is moving HVAC in the future, industry professionals can help you start saving money today. Contact Bob Jenson Air Conditioning and Heating for more information on the ideal smart HVAC solution for your home.

About The Author

Bob Jenson

For over 45 years, Bob Jenson has been providing quality heating and air services to the San Diego community.

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