Top HVAC-R Trends to Watch for in 2018 

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If there will be one theme that is common for HVACR Industry trends this 2018, it is how technology is beginning to influence the industry as well as their customers. This is definitely the year to observe how technology can influence the HVACR Industry in terms of marketing, business operations, as well as making data focused decisions.

Here are the top HVACR industry tends to look forward to this year.

Energy Efficiency

As time goes by, the focus on energy efficiency in the heating and cooling industry is continuously increasing. Technicians and engineers are looking for new tools, methods and technology to reduce waste, from high-efficiency equipment to limiting heat loss. As new technology on energy efficient heating and cooling technology gets more available worldwide, more consumers will be able to enjoy the cost-saving benefits of choosing the new alternatives. With more efficient equipment, both companies and the consumers will be able to benefit.

A Smarter Industry

The HVAC industry is getting a lot smarter as many companies are starting to utilize and rely on smart equipment for better productivity. Sales and service processes are being automated, thus allowing the company to cut their customer acquisition costs to keep their pricing competitive. Companies are also making use of smartphone apps, and programmable applications to allow technicians, engineers, and building managers to control production processes in one control point, such as lighting and ventilation. Companies are also getting better readings and measurements because of the accuracy of data collection. This will allow more efficient HVAC systems in the future.

Smart Thermostats

While they have been around for a while, they are now becoming more mainstream. A smart thermostat is a device that connects via WiFi and can automatically connect to your HVAC system to adjust the temperature. The real-time adjustment of this device increases the energy efficiency in homes.

Data Focused Decisions

With the help of new measuring and data gathering technologies, HVACR technicians and engineers will be able to use real metrics to make important company decisions instead of trusting only their instincts. New smart technologies will allow HVACR companies to be able to adapt their services according to the customers’ needs. This is useful for customers who live in severe climates or have special requests.

Zoned Heating and Air

This type of HVACR system is slowly gaining popularity, and can be expected this 2018 due to its efficiency and cost effectiveness. The zoned heating and cooling system works by ‘separating’ a location, such as your home, into different areas or “zones” wherein each area is controlled separately by a thermostat. Zoning a home or office has several benefits, such as the elimination of hot and cold spots as well as individual control of the different rooms’ temperatures. With zoned heating and cooling, the rooms that are not used often will not be using as much energy just to reach your selected temperature. While zoned HVACs are highly sophisticated, they can still be installed into traditional systems if necessary.

Green and Sustainable HVACR

This concept is a great trend to focus on since it can help contribute to the environment. There are now green mechanical systems that keep indoor air clean. These innovations will keep your home as warm or cold as needed, and at the same time do so in an environmentally friendly way.

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Where to Recruit HVAC Technicians

The labor shortage in the skilled trades has turned the search for new talent into a treasure hunt. However, the fact remains that employment of HVACR technicians and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, per the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the HVAC Workforce Development Foundation estimates the U.S. will need 115,000 HVACR technicians by the year 2022. So, with these numbers in mind, it’s hard not to wonder where exactly the “X” that marks the spot is — where are HVACR contractors finding new employees?

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Ten Things We Learned About Smart Home Technology in 2017

There’s no doubt 2017 was a big year for smart home tech. Amazon Echos had a hugely successful holiday season, the amount of devices and appliances becoming “smart” skyrocketed, and the biggest population of home buyers — millennials — also proved themselves to be the biggest adopters of smart home tech. This could be because, according to the National Association of Realtors, smart home features increase the price of the average home by a whopping five percent.

Also encouraging is the fact that 8 in 10 smart home professionals say they saw an increase in smart home tech requests last year. That means more and more HVAC techs, plumbers, and electricians were asked to install and repair smart home products, proof that this once-mysterious technology is increasingly becoming commonplace.

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Does The Cold Actually Make You Sick?

Colds and flus typically claim most of their victims in the winter months, but before you blame the cold air for your sore throat and fever, take a closer look at another culprit — dry air.

When the temperature lowers, so does the humidity, and that dry air doesn’t just chap your lips. Low humidity means the mucus your nose naturally produces dries out, allowing more of the bacteria and viruses you breathe in to wreak havoc on your body.

This in turn causes you to be more susceptible to colds, influenza, bronchitis, aggravated allergy symptoms, and more.

The best solution? Ensure your home’s humidity doesn’t hover too far below 50%. Find out more here.

5 Surprising Things You Can Solve With RedLINK™ Technology

Honeywell’s RedLINK™ technology can be used to solve a variety of comfort challenges related to zoning, wireless stats, and more. Check out some uses for RedLINK™ technology you might not have thought of below.

1. Connect a condensing unit or boiler to control devices without running wires

Upgrading a single-stage condensing unit to a multi-stage unit and need to figure out how to run new wires through the house and out to the equipment? Try using Honeywell’s weatherproof Equipment Remote Module (ERM), which “enables control devices (like RedLINK thermostats) to communicate wirelessly with condensing units or boilers.”

2. Help homeowners customize their comfort in a single-zone application

Sometimes customers who could benefit from a zoning solution just won’t go for it. When this happens, take advantage of Portable Comfort Control (PCC). It’s easy to set up and senses temperature wirelessly, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust the set point to whatever they wish.

3. Connect and control multiple IAQ devices without running wires to the thermostat

Did you know you can wire up to three IAQ devices to an Equipment Interface Module (EIM) installed in the equipment room and it will wirelessly communicate to a RedLINK™ thermostat? This is a great option for when you need to connect humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but there aren’t enough wires to go around.

4. Give customers total comfort control from anywhere

When used together, a RedLINK™ thermostat and the redesigned RedLINK™ Internet Gateway allow homeowners to manage multiple zones, control humidity levels, and more from the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app.

 5. Create customized alerts using dry contact devices

When used with an EIM, Honeywell’s dry contact sensors can detect “water leaks, frozen coils, fan failure, full drain pans and more,” sending an alert to the homeowner’s RedLINK™ thermostat or their Total Connect Comfort app to notify them of the issue.

For a deeper look into RedLINK™ solutions, take advantage of this interactive training module.

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