The careful integration of HVAC system and design has brought on many advancements in the industrial, commercial and residential markets which demand new ideas and innovation with every year, including plumbing engineering services. Whether trying to make commercial refrigeration more cost effective for both supplier and consumer, or challenging the status quo of residential HVAC system design with new, more cost effective ways of transferring heat out of a home. A very notable advancement would be how software systems are communicating with the hardware. The more technological engineering becomes, the more there is a demand on communication integration.
This means having smarter systems that communicate in a more streamlined and efficient manner for the users benefit, as well as lowering electric cost and all the while keeping lockstep with our “touchscreen” world. That’s right, one of the major changes we are noticing are touchscreen thermostats paving the way for these new technologies to have a solid place in the HVAC industry. The more powerful computing systems become, the more we will see amazing leaps in the control a user has along with an ever growing understanding of the way that their own system is holding up over time. Thus, putting a tamp down on bloated maintenance costs and unneeded repairs. The industrial markets act as a huge testing ground for a lot of the communication advancements in refrigeration. For instance, with huge amounts of frozen goods on the line, it is in the industrial markets interest to invest in new and better ways to lower risk and cost. The benefits of these new ideas trickle down to the commercial and residential markets.
Ideas that have forged such software systems such as the Learning Thermostat called NEST. NEST acts as a personal assistant to your HVAC system by not only being programmable but it learns your habits that help it make predictions of which rooms you are currently in while recording and remembering the settings of those rooms. NEST also incorporates the time of day, the draw it has on the grid and even whether you are at home or not. NEST does all this by absorbing the data you feed it and makes decisions based on the homeowner’s likely desires. Basically NEST gets smarter the more that it is interfaced with. NEST turns HVAC into SmartHVAC and it is taking the industry by storm and was recently purchased by Google for $3.2 Billion.
This comes alongside the large push for “smart homes” where virtually all systems in a home or business will be inextricably linked through WiFi that will allow these different faculties to all communicate with one another. The benefits that are coming out of the advancements in the HVAC industry are truly innovating as well as being ahead of their time. It is not hard to see the potential benefits of having an HVAC system that teaches itself how to be better for not just the consumer, but for the environment too. Something like NEST would no doubt remove a large amount of wasted energy out of the grid making it more efficient. The overall benefits could very well be monumental.