Technology is rapidly evolving and changing the world more than any man-made achievement before. Smart technology is slowly infiltrating every aspect of our life, finding its way into watches, washing machines, kitchen appliances and HVAC systems.
And while you might contend that you don’t need your fridge or dryer to be smart, this technology is definitively going to improve how we heat and cool our homes. Many homes are already powered by smart HVAC systems you can turn on or off remotely or set them to activate at a particular time.
However, smart technology is not the only innovation that is going to contribute to the evolution of the HVAC systems. New concepts are contributing to the efficiency of HVAC systems and making them more cost effective.
Reputable companies like Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar are already accepting and integrating a lot of these new technologies, while others are still blueprints in their early phases.
In this article, we are going to list the most important technologies that are going to revolutionize HVAC systems.
Motion Sensor Activated Air Conditioning Systems
The engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presented a design that uses sensors placed on aluminum rods hanging from the ceiling to indicate if the room is occupied. If there’s someone in the room, the sensors power up the HVAC system.
Thermally Driven Chillers
Chromasun, an Australian-based HVAC manufacturer recently presented a green, cost-effective HVAC alternative. This system uses solar panels and natural gas to heat or cool a room, making it a perfect choice for any home. This system costs less, is more efficient and more reliable than their electrical counterparts.
3D Printed HVAC Units
While this might seem like something straight out of Science Fiction, 3D printing has come a long way since its humble beginnings only a few decades ago. And 3D printed HVAC systems do not seem that far-fetched anymore. A company called Emerging Objects patented a 3D printed building material called Cool Brick. It cools a room by drawing moisture from it. While this isn’t fit for high temperatures, it is a sure step towards a fully-functional 3D printed HVAC system.
Heating System Drawing Energy from a Computer
If you ever used a computer or a laptop for several hours, you know how hot it can get. Lawrence Orsini, the founder of Project Exergy, saw the potential of using this excess heat to power a heating system. Harnessing energy from a product you are already using is the perfect way to make your home eco-friendly. The concept is still being developed, but is sure to revolutionize the heating industry.
Air Conditioning Systems Powered by Ice
Another interesting concept comes from a California-based company. Thier product called the Ice Bear freezes water in a tank overnight and uses that ice to cool a building during the day. However, the design still cannot provide more than six hours of cooling and has to be backed by a traditional cooling system. Although this technology still needs a lot of improvement, the initial results show a lot of promise.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are already extremely efficient devices. But they can be made even better! Geothermal energy is another huge potential that hasn’t been completely harnessed yet. Although geothermal heat pumps have been around since the 1940’s, the concept caught on only recently. In fact, Iceland uses geothermal energy almost exclusively. Geothermal heat pumps work by collecting Earth’s energy through underground pipes. When you need to cool your home, the process is reverse as the pipes extract the heat from your home into the ground.
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