HVAC technology has come a long way in the last few years. What was once considered cutting-edge now serves as the foundation of what is necessary for an efficient and comfortable home. However, as technology advances, keeping up with the newest HVAC technology can be a challenge.
Previously, HVAC technology focused on increased efficiency and mechanical function. However, the industry is trending towards a wider range of smart home solutions focusing on user comfort, sustainability, and convenience.
Here is an insight into the top HVAC technology trends of 2023 that every homeowner should be aware of:
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
Ductless HVAC systems (Ductless Mini-Split Systems) are air conditioning and heating systems that use an outdoor compressor and one or more indoor air handlers. The indoor unit is connected to the outdoor unit via refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. It provides complete air conditioning and heating without requiring ductwork, making it IDEAL for older homes, cabins, lake places, garages, attics, and additions.
There are several mini-split systems, including ductless systems with single-zone controllers, multi-zone systems, Ceiling cassette mini-splits, and wall-mounted mini-splits. While choosing the right type of mini-split system depends on various factors, seeking professional help from a certified HVAC technician like Aquarius Home Services can help you make the right decision.
Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Systems
While installing traditional air conditioning and heating systems requires costly and time-consuming ductwork, installing a ductless mini-split system is much easier and faster. With no need for ducts, installing and connecting one or more indoor units to an outdoor compressor can be done in half the time.
Mini-split systems are much more energy efficient than their ducted counterparts. Since the air travels directly from the unit into the room, there is no energy loss due to ductwork; in some cases, you can save over 30% on your energy bill. In addition, many mini-split systems are ENERGY STAR certified. This means they consume up to 60% less electricity than traditional electric heating and cooling systems.
Enjoying increased comfort and improved air quality are just some of the benefits of a mini-split system. The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of a mini-split system are usually higher than traditional air conditioning and heating systems, leading to greater efficiency. Generally, a higher EER/SEER rating means more savings on energy bills.
Ductless mini-split systems come in various designs, allowing you to choose a style that best fits your home decor. The sleek and modern design of the indoor air handler blends in with any room. On the other hand, the installation of outdoor compressors can be out of sight, usually behind shrubs or trees. Moreover, with options like ceiling cassettes, wall-mounted or multi-zone units, you can customize your system to serve your needs better.
Indoor Air Quality Systems
Indoor air quality (IAQ) systems are the ideal solution for improving your home’s air quality and reducing the risk of health problems. With an IAQ system, you can rest assured that your family is breathing clean air. It eliminates dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, and other contaminants from your indoor environment.
IAQ systems consist of various components, such as air purifiers, carbon air purifiers with UV, air monitors, humidifiers, UV lamps, ventilators, and dehumidifiers. Depending on your home or business size, you can install one or more IAQ system components to optimize indoor air quality and reduce overall energy costs.
Benefits of Indoor Air Quality Systems
Improved Air Quality
The primary benefit of adding an IAQ system to your home or business is improved air quality. With the help of an air purifier, you can reduce airborne particles and allergens. On the other hand, a humidifier can restore moisture to dry air and provide relief for those suffering from allergies, asthma, and dry skin. Also, by installing a carbon filter with UV light, you can reduce odors, smoke, and other pollutants from the air.
IAQ systems are not only effective in reducing indoor contaminants, but they also provide increased comfort. Ventilators work to bring fresh air into your home or business while at the same time getting rid of stale air. Dehumidifiers help to regulate humidity levels in the air, making it more comfortable for you and your family.
While air purifiers and filtered air vents help reduce allergens in the air, humidifiers can also play a role. Moisture in the air helps to keep allergens from becoming airborne. Alternatively, dehumidifiers can improve indoor air quality by removing excess humidity from the environment.
Humidifiers are a great way to add extra moisture to dry indoor air and improve the overall air quality in your home or business. While portable humidifiers provide localized humidity, whole-home humidifiers can keep entire homes or businesses at optimal humidity.
Benefits of Whole-Home Humidifiers
Prevent the Spread of Airborne Viruses
Raising your indoor humidity levels can reduce your risk of contracting airborne viruses. Studies have shown that the ideal amount of moisture in the air for inhibiting the spread of viruses is between 40 and 70 percent relative humidity (RH). Using a whole-home humidifier ensures that all rooms in your home or business stay at an optimal RH level.
May Help in Relieving Asthma and Allergies
Thanks to their intelligent humidity sensor technology, modern whole-home humidifiers are designed to maintain the optimal humidity level. This helps keep allergens and other indoor air pollutants from becoming airborne, which can benefit those suffering from asthma and allergies.
Improved Air Quality
Whole-home humidifiers help reduce the spread of viruses and improve air quality in your home or business. Dry air can cause problems such as nosebleeds, dry skin, and cracked lips. Adding extra moisture to the air can improve your comfort level and reduce symptoms of dry air.
Improve Your Home With Aquarius Home Services
Get the best HVAC technology solutions for your home with Aquarius Home Services. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your air quality with an IAQ system, introduce whole-home humidifiers, or improve energy efficiency with a ductless mini-split system, we have the expertise and experience to help. In addition, our experts are available to provide you with quality service, repairs, and helpful advice on the best products for your home. Contact Aquarius Home Services today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with all your HVAC technology needs.