Heating, cooling, and ventilation systems play an incredibly important—yet usually overlooked—role in our homes’ comfort. They keep us warm or cool, protect the quality of air we breathe, and we are affected by them more than we think.
In this exploding age of technological advancement we live in, there is no reason we should ever regularly feel too hot, cold, or like we have low-quality air in our homes. HVAC technology has significantly improved in the past couple of decades, and with the advancements have come a few pretty cool innovations. We’ll discuss those below.
Programmable thermostats are wonderful innovations that allow you to determine the heating and cooling schedule in your home. You can program them to change termperature when you’re not home—for example, when you’re at work. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting!
Most older homes were designed around central air conditioning and heating, but in recent years, another option has been created that can not only keep your home cool, but keep your energy costs down, as well.
Ductless air conditioners are less expensive than installing a brand new ducted system, and they’re designed for zoned heating and cooling, which lets you only heat or cool the specific areas in your home that need it. This gives you a lot more control over your comfort and your energy bills! Ductless air conditioners also improve your home’s air quality, as it filters air before it enters your home.
Ductless air conditioning is ideal for spaces that don’t already have ductwork—for example, a garage that you want to convert into a livable space. They can also be a cheaper alternative to central air conditioning when it comes time to replace your AC system. Ductless air conditioners are also perfect if you have one room that is never quite the right temperature because it is always too hot or too cold. With ductless air conditioners, you can specifically change the temperature in that one room without having to change the temperature in the rest of your house.
While these aren’t exactly new pieces of technology, their effectiveness has certainly improved at such a rate that they deserve a spot on this list. Previous models of humidifiers and dehumidifiers have been criticized for their ability to turn a home into a sauna or a dry desert-like atmosphere, but modern whole-house units have just about been perfected. Ideally, depending on local climate and personal taste, the average person thrives in a humidity level between 30-50%, and modern humidifiers and dehumidifiers are able to keep you in exactly the range you prefer.
If you are interested in keeping up with the latest and greatest HVAC tech and you live in the Baltimore, MD or surrounding areas, contact All Seasons Heating and Cooling! We can advise you about which products would most benefit your lifestyle and your preferences.