New Innovations For Your HVAC System
It’s a new year and many homeowners are planning their budgets and some are including some home improvements and repairs. Eventually HVAC systems will need repairs and most homeowners try to plan for major repairs instead of being surprised by a sudden repair bill. When we do need to repair or replace a HVAC system, we should consider the innovative HVAC products on the market.
Air Conditioning That Follows You
Companies are taking a new look at ways to save money and energy. For example, the freezer sections in your grocery store may have been redesigned so that each section lights up as you walk past. It’s designed that way to be more efficient by only using the internal lighting when there is a customer in front of the section. A group at MIT has applied that efficient design concept to HVAC systems. The Senseable City project examines how we can improve our energy efficiency and function while decreasing energy consumption. One prototype system, Cloud Cast, includes the increasing use of sensors and hand-held or wearable “smart” electronics. Cloud Cast creates a citywide air cooling system that adjusts itself as people move from one area to another. The project uses the sensors to track people’s direction and speed of movement and respond by causing a system of misting rods arrayed on walkway, bus stop shelters or street intersections, etc. to turn on as people pass. The system then signals the next misters to spray at regular intervals as people walk past according to their direction of movement. This same technology could be applied to business and residential HVAC systems, streetlights, traffic lights, and other applications.
Smarter Home Systems
Smart thermostats have been advertised on television or been in home improvement stores for some time. Many people have installed so they can monitor their home from anywhere conveniently. There are a few improved products on the market that use smartphone apps to improve a home’s HVAC efficiency:
- Several manufacturers have produced smarter thermostat systems that monitor each area of your home through sensors that tracks temperature, air pressure, humidity, etc. And each area or room can be adjusted by the homeowner on their smart phone. There are many others on the market, like NEST and Honeywell products.
- Smart vents, like Keen Home Smart Vent, which replaces regular room vents with vents that have interconnected sensors. Each vent monitors temperature and air pressure, but these vents can also open and close. Not every area of a home needs to be heated or cooled all the time, like a guest room or bathroom.The heated or cooled air can then be used in other areas of the home instead and the entire system can be adjusted remotely.
- Fully automated home systems aren’t just for the Jetsons anymore. Many busy homeowners are looking for one complete system to monitor not just the HVAC system, but also monitor and adjust security systems, lights, appliances, sprinklers, and just about every other aspect of a home from their phone.
3-D Printed A/C
According to Geek.com. 3D printing technology is growing and improving very quickly. One product made by 3D printing is a honeycomb like material called “Cool Bricks” by Emerging Objects. The bricks cool the air through evaporation. Each brick is a three dimensional lattice block that absorbs water and allows air to pass through bringing cooled air into the home. The bricks are modular and can be cemented together in a wall to form a screen.
When you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC system – or any other system – in your home, take a close look at the new and developing technologies that are just around the corner.
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