Build a Smarter Home With HVAC Technology

Build a Smarter Home With the Right HVAC Technology

October 29, 2018

HVAC technology is always changing. A top-of-the-line system 10 years ago will under-perform in today’s energy-efficient market. Modern systems are not only more efficient but also smarter. With the right installation, you can sit back and let your HVAC components do the thinking while you relax and enjoy optimum comfort. Consider some of the following HVAC upgrades for your Goose Creek, South Carolina, home:

Smart Air Conditioners and Furnaces

Modern air conditioners and furnaces are getting smarter all the time. Where systems were once confined to operating in either an “on” or “off” state, they’re now able to make more minute adjustments. Two-stage compression allows the system to choose one of two speeds so that you can adjust temperatures more accurately. Even better are variable-speed compression systems, which allow you to adjust temperatures up or down in small increments. As a result, you get the comfort you want with minimal energy use.

Some of the latest HVAC systems are now coming with sensors that monitor performance to alert you to:

These sensors can help you avoid component failures by letting you know when particular vibrations signal a developing issue. Although this HVAC technology is still emerging in the industry, it’s something to keep an eye out for in the future.

Smart Programmable Thermostats

A smart programmable thermostat is one of the best tools you can have for a smarter, more energy-efficient home. These thermostats take over the mundane task of managing temperatures and adjusting your settings. You’ll no longer have to walk to your thermostat to manually change the temperature when you get home from work or get ready for bed. This smart technology will take care of the job for you.

You can input your preferred comfort settings for each time of the day and day of the week. Using the outdoor weather, indoor conditions, and your own previous activity as a guide, smart thermostats can optimize operation to give you the most efficient home possible. As a result, you’ll enjoy lower energy bills and reduced repair costs over the lifetime of the system.

Smart Multiple Thermal Sensors

If your home has only one thermal sensor, your thermostat operation will function off the temperature in a single part of the home. In many houses, distinct fluctuations in temperature exist from one area to another. The upstairs may be typically warmer as heat rises. Guest rooms that are closed off can experience different temperatures from areas where doors are frequently opened.

Installing multiple thermal sensors that communicate with your thermostat will give you a greater degree of control over your comfort management. You may want to pair these devices with a zoned system, which allows you to control different areas of the home independently, maximizing the functionality provided by these sensors.

Smart Air Monitors

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is difficult to assess without the right technology. You can’t always see indicators of poor IAQ. Although indoor air pollution can affect many unpleasant health problems, the symptoms are easily misdiagnosed. You may attribute your nausea and headache to the flu rather than VOCs off-gassing from your new carpet. The symptoms of a cold are similar to symptoms caused by some allergens and irritants.

An air quality monitor can give you detailed information about the state of your indoor air so that you have a better understanding of what you’re up against and a clear idea of how to proceed. Many of these monitors communicate with your smartphone and alert you via an app to anything from high levels of carbon monoxide to pollen in the air. With these details in hand, you’ll know when you need to:

  • Repair home systems
  • Change your HVAC air filter
  • Install an air cleaner
  • Take other actions

If you’re interested in exploring new HVAC technology for your home, give Berkeley Heating & Air Conditioning a call at (843) 277-6030. We can share examples of the latest HVAC technology and help you decide which new installation best suits your needs. From thermostats to air cleaners, we have a range of HVAC solutions for you.

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