HVAC Trends to Watch for in 2022
May 26, 2022
This decade is shaping up to be a transformational one for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The industry is expected to skyrocket over the next several years, with some projecting it to reach more than $350 billion by 2030.
What’s going to accompany this growth in the coming years? Significant shifts and changes for what’s in demand. Help homeowners stay on-point with the top HVAC trends you can expect to see in 2022.
Energy efficiency and savings
Eco-friendly technologies that save the planet (and dollars) are a trend across many home technologies. Energy efficient HVAC systems are top of mind for homeowners as things begin to heat up in spring and summer, along with several other preventative maintenance projects .
Much of what is surfacing in 2022 is all about increasing efficiency, including energy-efficient equipment, innovations that limit heat and cooling loss, and new tools and solutions that deliver precision and reduce waste. Be prepared for questions about how homeowners can make their HVAC systems more efficient (new windows, insulation) and what technology can help better manage their energy use (like smart thermostats).
Geothermal heating and cooling
Sticking to that same vein of green technology, geothermal heating and cooling are making an impression with homeowners too. And it’s no wonder considering how much more eco-friendly and efficient they are than traditional HVAC systems (300 - 600% more). These quieter systems harness the earth’s natural heat energy as a resource for heat and AC.
These cleaner cooling and heating solutions use a geothermal heat pump, which operates a network of fluid (water or refrigerant) filled pipes buried underground to work with nature to provide renewable energy-powered temperature control. The whole process makes geothermal HVACs good for both the environment and homeowners’ energy bills.
This efficiency does come at a cost, though. Geothermal heating and cooling-based HVAC systems are typically much more expensive than traditional ones. Be prepared to discuss the costs with homeowners and offer Ally Lending’s customized financing to help them afford this eco-friendly and cutting-edge technology.
Homeowners are also increasingly becoming accustomed to interconnectivity and digitally enabled devices throughout their homes. HVAC products are no different. Homeowners want that connectivity across heating and cooling and thermostat technologies that allow greater oversight and control.
Smart HVAC systems
The latest HVAC solutions come equipped with embedded sensors and other technologies that allow for dynamic system monitoring and data collection, enabling automated improvements to the system’s performance and condition. Knowing just what to look for is essential to stay “smart” with this trend.
Homeowners want connected HVAC systems that improve efficiency and increase comfort, in addition to providing real-time monitoring and conducting predictive maintenance. The right blend of sensors and capabilities will not only manage and control temperature and humidity with data-driven precision but also catch homeowners’ attention when it comes time for an upgrade.
Although their mainstream status is still fairly new, in many ways the connected thermostat led the smart home conversation. For homeowners looking for more affordable and less substantial upgrades to their existing systems and home, smart thermostats are a trend to mention.
By using Wi-Fi, these devices connect to homeowners’ existing HVAC systems to adjust temperatures even when they’re away from home. These turn-key and real-time adjustments can help homeowners meet their energy efficiency, consumption and savings goals with fewer upfront costs.
Zoned heating and cooling
As homeowners get smarter with HVAC trends, many recognize that various areas of the home can command different amounts of energy to heat and cool, depending on their location, use and more. Home improvement providers can install zoned heating and cooling systems in a traditional HVAC system to address these varying needs and deliver energy savings over conventional zoning methods.
Although they’ve historically been much more popular internationally in Asia and Europe, ductless systems are quickly gaining popularity stateside. Why? Climate change means many areas of the U.S. that typically didn’t require air conditioning are now warmer in the summer months. While upgrading older homes with ductwork can be challenging and comes with a substantial price tag, ductless systems are simple to install and kinder to tight budgets.
Be sure to let homeowners know these streamlined systems also deliver efficiency and even distribution of heating and cooling across the home while potentially saving them hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars by avoiding costly and lengthy ductwork installation.
Stay ahead of the curve
With so much growth and change coming to the HVAC industry, it’s time to study up on these trends (and more) to provide the best advice. By staying in the know, you can help equip homeowners with the latest and greatest while helping them save on heating and cooling costs.
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