The tech industry faces new challenges and opportunities as we venture into the new decade. With current environmental issues, we begin to see a rise in green technologies, new tech, smart homes, and more. Contractors should be aware of the trends that can shape the industry, such as meeting customer needs more efficiently and adopting new technology and equipment. With that being said, what will be the top HVAC trends in 2020?
According to Pumps & Systems’ key findings from the Wakefield Research report on HVAC trends coming in 2020, the rise in energy costs and regulations on government energy use will cause an increase in sustainable infrastructure, which includes smart systems and energy-efficient HVAC systems. Also, there will be new environmental and energy-minded refrigerants that will make their way into the industry. As for smart HVAC systems, this includes self-regulation, sensors, and remote access. In return, managers can have more control over the energy output of their buildings.
A popular trend arising now are smart thermostats, which can provide information on additional features, such as motion and humidity. Smart thermostats allow for enhanced control and customization and can integrate with systems such as Google Home and Alexa.
Baby boomers are beginning to retire, which means that Millennials will be filling positions in the industry. In fact, According to Pew Research, Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. 35% of employees are Millennials, and 88% of them rate company culture as their #1 priority.
So, how does this affect the HVAC industry? Since most of the industry’s workforce will greatly consist of Millennials, it’s essential to make sure that your company evolves to their demands. Millennials are keen on creating an ideal work environment that emphasizes flexibility, a sense of community, and personal development. Be sure that your HVAC company includes and actively works towards cultivating a culture that embodies these values.
Green technology coincides with sustainable infrastructure. In 2020, we will see heating being fueled by electricity or hydrogen, or smart inventions to provide cleaner solutions. As the green sector continues to grow, the HVAC industry will be a significant player at the forefront of green technology. 2020 will also see the rise of renewable energy sources, such as geothermal, solar, and desiccant enhanced evaporative (DeVAP), which will make systems more efficient and cut down on electricity costs.
No More R-22 Refrigerants
If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, there’s a strong chance that it uses R-22 refrigerant. This refrigerant contains hazardous chlorofluorocarbon, which is harmful to the ozone layer. As of January 1st, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned the R-22 from production and importation in the United States. As a result, there will be an increase in demand for the green-friendly R-410A refrigerant or the R-421A.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a software distribution model that allows third-party providers to host applications and make them available to customers over the internet. It allows HVAC contractors to use software, SEO, and widgets to connect with their communities on a larger scale. As SaaS continues to expand in 2020, more opportunities will emerge for HVAC manufacturers.
To conclude, these HVAC trends provide a glimpse of the energy-efficient future we’re heading towards. As we venture into the new year, it’s best to start making strides towards energy-efficient initiatives by replacing outdated software, technology, and equipment to stay ahead of the game.