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Hot Trends in Air Conditioning?
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

When you think of hot new trends, HVAC is probably NOT the first thing that pops into your mind.  But, as in any business, there are always current trends and HVAC is no exception. The last couple of years there have been some major revisions in energy efficiency standards spurring a lot of changes in the HVAC industry, most notably those that affect the environment.  Let’s look at a few of these.

Energy Efficiency

As of January 2015, new residential central air conditioning systems and heat pumps are subject to tougher standards now that new regulations require HVAC systems to stop using freon and start using refrigerants like Puron which has less impact on global warming.  As a result, many units that could have been repaired now must be replaced.

Fortunately, newer a/c models are far more reliable and energy efficient because of these changes.  Puron absorbs and releases more heat than freon so you’re a/c compressor can run cooler reducing the risk of burnout due to overheating. New lubricants that reduce wear and tear on the compressor are also being used so these new ultra-efficient units should outperform the old units and be less expensive to boot.

Home Automation

Technology has advance to the point that the Smart Home is no longer science fiction and nearly every company now has smart thermostat capabilities available or integrated into its current equipment. But, why, you may ask, is this important and what does it do?

A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature at home from a simple app on your phone, table or laptop from anywhere in the world.  Forget to reset the thermostat before you left for Disney World?  No problem!  Lowered the heat when you left this morning and the temperatures just plummeted 30 degrees in an hour (this is Cincinnati.  It happens)?  You need no longer come up with a clever excuse to run home or risk bursting pipes.  Just pull out your phone and use your app to turn up the heat.  As an added benefit, a lot of these systems can give you a monthly report so you can see how much you’re saving and budget more effectively.

Increasing Comfort Zones

Because more people are opting to remodel rather than move, there has been great demand to find solutions for finished basements, new bonus rooms, etc.   Additionally, the new tiny home movement is creating all kinds of new challenges making innovative HVAC systems necessary for spaces that are hard to heat and cool.  One answer to this is mini-split or ductless systems.  Long used overseas to add air conditioning to building with no central unit they are now finding a place in the US market. Able to function as either heaters or air conditioning, these heat pump units are ultra-efficient and are perfectly positioned to help create more comfort with greater efficiency.  They also allow you to add more comfort zones totally independent from the main HVAC system. Some are even expandable to adapt to future renovations.

The combination of increased efficiency, home automation and the ability to customize heating and cooling means that more and better choices than ever are available.  At Crane Heating & Cooling we are factory trained to do both a/c repair and a/c installation on all the latest trends and technology available in HVAC.  Whether you need an a/c contractor near you for a whole home solution or just to cool off that hard to heat or cool space, contact Crane for all your family’s home comfort needs.





 

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