5 Trends in HVAC for Improved Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

5 Trends in HVAC for Improved Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Your HVAC system is possibly the largest consumer of energy in your commercial building. With this, new technologies and trends in the HVAC industry are centered on improving efficiency. If you want to make your building more convenient and comfortable, here are HVAC enhancements that you can invest in.
  1. Geothermal Systems
When talking about efficiency, geothermal systems do a great job in limiting the amount of energy required in mechanical equipment. Although its initial installation cost is higher than its counterparts, geothermal systems pay for themselves in the long run. Using the ground’s thermal (renewable) energy, you are guaranteed a consistent source of energy to cool or heat your commercial space.
  1. Smart Controls
Great news! HVAC controls are already being developed with more accurate sensors for improved comfort and convenience. In the past few years, control systems for heating and cooling equipment are set up manually based on the building’s operating schedule. Today, HVAC control systems are equipped with more sensors to monitor what’s going on. They do better jobs in determining the level of activity in the building.
  1. Variable Speed Controls
HVAC systems are intentionally designed to operate at topmost heating or cooling load. However, not all of them can meet the requirement and only operate at part load. For this reason, the HVAC manufacturing industry came up with more proficient variable speed controls. A heating or cooling system that operates in variable load conditions is more efficient and productive.
  1. Integration
Recently, the industry saw a positive integration of HVAC controls together with other building controls such as advanced lighting. Other HVAC controls may also be used compatibly in the operations of other comfort systems in your building.
  1. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems
Although a bit expensive than old-style split A/C systems, VRF systems are still cost-effective because of their low energy and maintenance costs. They offer a personalized level of control which is truly appealing to every building occupant. Variable refrigerant flow systems operate well in part load even when you are out of the set points. They respond quickly to movements within the area. If the building is unoccupied, the temperature sets back but quickly returns to its setting once people are back in the office. This is how a VRF operates to your advantage as the building’s owner. HVAC Systems: The Best is Yet to Come! In the HVAC industry, the best is yet to come. Be part of this evolution by keeping yourself updated on the latest trends in the industry. Feel free to contact us at Blue Air One, Inc., for updates, news and the latest information in the HVAC business.    
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