New tech will propel HVAC and facility management systems to the forefront of energy strategy.
The HVAC industry is changing. As explained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HVAC technicians is expected to grow 14 percent by 2024, “much faster than average.” This means that overall use of HVAC systems and new technologies to manage them will increase in tandem. In fact, consider how these five HVAC and facility management trends will define the next era of HVAC technology and standards across your industry.
1. The HVAC Industry Is Growing
By the end of 2017, reports PR Newswire, the U.S. HVAC market will grow by 16 percent. Approximately, 11 percent of growth will occur through commercial and residential service and sales of existing HVAC systems. In addition, 5 percent of growth will occur as more buildings and homes are constructed, increasing the number of operational systems.
2. Greater Focus on Right-Size HVAC Systems
There was a time when bigger was thought to be equal to better. However, HVAC and facility management systems are achieving record-breaking savings through right-size HVAC selection. In other words, the biggest systems are not necessary for areas that need minimal cooling. In addition, new technology, such as chilled-water systems are giving smaller systems cooling capacity that rivals larger systems, explains Scott Arnold of HPAC Engineering.
3. Connected HVAC Systems Are the New Standard
The days of isolated, manual-controlled HVAC systems are ending. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition was home to the revelation of HVAC systems that are IoT-ready. In other words, these systems could be seamlessly integrated into a company’s existing energy management system. Furthermore, demand for consistent, energy-efficient savings was a top-priority for many HVAC system manufacturers and attendees at the Expo.
4. Building Automation Will Continue to Improve HVAC Efficiency
Another trend that will shape HVAC and facility management in the coming months is automation. Automated systems, including wireless control and real-time system notifications and alerts, will gradually replace antiquated systems. For systems that can be repaired, installing IoT-enabled sensors and connection hubs will give facility managers insights and control into HVAC systems remotely and 24/7.
5. Building Construction Will Focus on Energy-Efficient HVAC System Implementation
A primary change in HVAC and facilities management will be when and how energy-efficient HVAC systems are installed and implemented with facility management systems. In other words, the focus will shift away from retrofitting buildings to using energy-efficient HVAC systems during construction. This will reduce costs associated with HVAC and facility management system integration and improve a building’s value simultaneously.
More Trends Will Push Facility Mangers Toward Smart Building Solutions
The trends in HVAC and facility management indicate a growing push toward better, smarter systems. By understanding these trends today, facility managers can focus their energy strategy and derive significant returns for investments in energy management systems.