5 HVAC Trends to Watch in 2021

As Garner, NC and Wake Forest, NC area's leading provider of HVAC repair, service, and installation, there's a reason that Choice Heating and Air Conditioning is the most trusted provider of HVAC service. Not only are we making sure that your HVAC needs are met, but we do our best to stay ahead of the curve by following emerging trends in heating and air conditioning systems. In fact, today we'll discuss a few of the trends that we think will make the most impact in 2021.

1. HVAC Trends to Watch: Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has created an overwhelming need for greater safety precautions everywhere, particularly in the HVAC industry. At this point, we are continuing to learn more about the role HVAC units play a role in spreading and transmitting the virus. The general consensus remains that airborne transmission is the primary mode by which the disease is spreading, and HVAC systems can be an essential tool in minimizing the risk of airborne pathogens.

That said, we are finding that upgrading and enhancing HVAC systems can be one of many measures that can be taken to better protect your family or the public. As a general rule, any upgrades you make to your home or business depend largely on the system that is being used, size, layout, and structure of the space. However, there is a range of existing and emerging HVAC technologies that can be added to your existing HVAC system to improve indoor air quality. If you are interested in discussing any of these technologies, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711 for a consultation.

2. HVAC Trends to Watch: Higher MERV Ratings

Similarly related, our nation has become much more concerned with filtering viral particles from the air. While many homes already boast a MERV rating of around 8, concerns around Covid-19 will likely increase MERV ratings to around 12.

HVAC Air Filters with a MERV rating of 12 or higher are able to capture both large and small particles in the air, including dust, smoke, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. This keeps your air cleaner without overworking your system.

3. HVAC Trends to Watch: Eco-Friendly Systems

Our country and our world have become increasingly more environmentally conscious over the past few years. In fact, the United States recently rejoined the Paris Climate Accord on January 20, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to slow climate change. That interest in doing more to positively affect the environment results in an increased interest in using green technology wherever applicable, including HVAC systems. We expect that in coming years, heating and air conditioning systems will be almost exclusively fueled by hydrogen and electricity rather than gas or fossil fuels.

4. HVAC Trends to Watch: "Smart" Systems and Mobile Control

More and more Americans are enabling "smart home technology" such as Alexa or Google Home, that are able to perform certain actions in order to save money, time, and energy in their homes. In fact, according to a recent study, the number of smart homes is forecast to grow and surpass the 300 million mark by 2023.

If your HVAC system and thermostat are not currently connected to a central hub made from one of these devices, we expect that it will be within the next couple of years. Doing so will allow you to adjust the settings of your HVAC by clicking on a Smartphone app which will ultimately make your HVAC more convenient to use.

Americans operate nearly everything from their Smartphones already, so it makes sense that iOS and Android devices would increase access to HVAC systems (ex. increasing HVAC power, opening vents, etc).

That said, there are some concerns over how much "big brother" is watching and listening in. As such, traditional systems will continue to be offered.

5. HVAC Trends to Watch: Better Customer Service

Much like any other business in this post-pandemic world, HVAC companies (including ours) are improving our customer service practices. This includes upgrading our online systems to track customer engagement, maintenance history, and purchases. As such, if you're in need of  HVAC service or repair, you can expect faster, more thorough service.

If you're interested in learning more about any of these emerging trends, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711. 

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