With an industry worth around $240.8 billion, it should come as no surprise that the HVAC market is evolving as it grows. By 2024, there will be more than 150 million HVAC units sold to consumers worldwide, and this will be in part due to technological advancements.
Here, we’re going to take a look at some emerging 2021 trends in heat and air conditioning systems. Each of these trends has been building for several years, to be sure. But shifting consumer demands mean they’re about to transition from trends to mainstream expectations.
As Americans become more environmentally conscious, it makes sense that they will look to use new green technology in their HVAC systems. Experts predict that there will be heating and AC almost exclusively fueled by hydrogen and electricity rather than gas or fossil fuels.
Research shows that 69% of American households are now equipped with at least one smart device (Alexa, Google Home, etc). It’s likely that HVAC systems and thermostats will soon be connected to a central hub made from one of these devices.
When this happens, people will able to adjust the settings of their HVAC. This includes the temperature and air pressure as well as the level of ventilation needed. Ultimately, this will make our HVAC systems more convenient to use.
In addition to a connection to home devices, you likely will be able to access select HVAC units by clicking on a Smartphone app.
Most Americans are nearly constantly on their Smartphones, so it makes sense that iOS and Android devices could increase HVAC power, open soffit vents, and more. Your HVAC unit provider may run this application, but it is also possible that an app will be developed to be compatible with multiple products.
Higher MERV Ratings
Many homes currently come equipped with HVACs that boast a MERV rating of around 8. However, in a post-pandemic world where people are more concerned with filtering viral particles from the air, it’s likely that people will want a MERV rating of around 12.
MERV 12 filters will capture both large and small particles in the air, including dust, smoke, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. This will keep air cleaner while still not working the unit too hard (as a MERV 13- 20 system would). Be on the lookout for residential systems meant to filter larger particles from the air.
Greater Customer Service
It’s no secret that customer service is essential for running a business, but we live in a time where many people- especially young consumers- expect sales and customer service reps to know their buyer history.
Because of this, HVAC providers will upgrade their online systems to track consumer engagement and purchases. Not doing so could cause a company to fall behind the competition. If you’re an HVAC user, expect companies to get back to you quickly and to be knowledgeable about your personal needs.
Whether you’re the user or installer, it’s important to stay up-to-date on these emerging trends to get the most out of your HVAC unit.