HVAC Technology Has Changed Our Lives. Here’s How
Technology has changed our lives in thousands of ways, big and small. It’s easy to point to cell phones and airplanes and acknowledge their evolution. However, other elements of day-to-day life are at least as important. HVAC technology is, in fact, one of the factors we rely on every single day. Without it, Florida summers would be unbearable, microbes and bacteria would thrive in the excessively hot and humid household environment, we would heat water on our stove to take irregular, uncomfortable baths. Beyond the basic functions of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation, however, recent improvements in engineering and connected technologies have brought additional benefits to our contemporary, time-pressured lives.
Better HVAC Technology Equals More Comfort
Whatever type of HVAC technology you are currently using, take a moment to think of the many ways it has made your life safer, healthier and a lot more comfortable. Some are incremental improvements that bring comfort; others, however, are revolutionary in saving lives – or money.
Whereas in the past simple ventilation and air conditioning helped lower excessive heat and decreased chances for airborne diseases like influenza, tuberculosis etc., nowadays there are other threats that loom in our houses. With recent HVAC technology, air purification comes with air conditioning – which is why you probably don’t even know there are dozens of household allergens you might have been exposed to. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), pet dander, pollen, even dust can trigger allergic reactions or compound various symptoms. Air conditioning, however, contributes dramatically to keeping indoor air clear of allergens and disease. Just remember to change your filters and give you HVAC system regular check-ups.
Improved Efficiency with Energy Auditing
One of the most impressive advancements in HVAC technology relates to improved efficiency. Energy auditing software allows you to find problematic areas inside the house or within the HVAC system, and helps you either fix the issues or adjust your HVAC settings to compensate for the leaks. Even a simple “Auto” setting will do that, however more advanced systems can trigger warnings for potential issues.
Improved Efficiency with Smart Sensors
Another area where improvements in HVAC technology lead to increased system efficiency is allowing smart sensors to activate AC units.
There are several kinds of smart sensors. For instance, movement sensors in the ceiling can trigger the on/off commands and allow air conditioning to only work when someone is in the room, saving on unnecessary heating or cooling costs.
Another type of smart sensors can detect when a temperature is too low or high, and direct the HVAC system to nudge the heating and cooling process accordingly. Smart sensors can also detect air quality issues and trigger a warning when certain pollutant thresholds are reached. With other types of sensors, if the system overheats, for instance, you yourself may not detect the problem, however, you will be alerted so you can call a specialist.
One of the more common and most useful inventions, smart thermostats are an HVAC technology enhancer. They allow you to easily manage your temperature from either the digital thermostat or, more conveniently, from your phone or tablet. You can direct your HVAC system to start operations before you get home so that it doesn’t heat water through the day or air condition empty rooms.
Somewhat connected to smart thermostat technology, the Internet of Things contributes to making your HVAC even smarter without your explicit input. IoT devices can detect patterns in behavior and adjust accordingly, for instance learning when you come home so they can push the temperature up, or they can learn from other devices what signals to discern from the noise when there is a potential malfunction.
AC Water Recirculators
This recent technology allows an “on command” device attached to the water line to direct water that is being drained to recirculate back into the system through the cold water line. This relatively new HVAC technology can save residential users quite a bit of water and energy – and, consequently, money. Recirculating pumps also save time, since they deliver hot water “on command”.
We at Air Hawk AC pride ourselves on serving our Tampa Bay community with personal courtesy and professional excellence. We are ready to assist you with any HVAC technology questions you may have.