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Anticipated Trends in the HVAC Industry

Prepare for a Successful 2021 with Arcoaire®

No one could anticipate the trials and tribulations of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. And no doubt it's changed the HVAC marketplace and the way we do business. 

Which HVAC products and services will continue to be a focus in 2021? What will be new in the HVAC industry? How can the Arcoaire® product line help you prepare for a successful year ahead? 

There have been several recent changes that have affected the HVAC industry  the pandemic, changes in governmental regulations, technology, equipment, and customer preferences to name a few. 

Let's take a closer look at these changes and how you can start planning for a successful 2021. 

IAQ is Top of Mind
The COVID-19 pandemic has made people increasingly aware of indoor air quality (IAQ). According to the EPA, "Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, but indoor air pollution can also have significant and harmful effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels."1

Recently, we launched the Arcoaire® OptiClean Portable Negative Air Machine and Air Scrubber, with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration. The OptiClean Negative Air Machine is a portable minimum 200 CFM / maximum 1500 CFM solution primarily designed to help convert normal hospital rooms into airborne infectious isolation rooms. When used as an Air Scrubber in school systems, the OptiClean unit maintains cleaner, healthier indoor air quality in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, gymnasiums, restrooms and more. It draws air from inside the space, removes many contaminants and discharges cleaner air using HEPA filtration. 

To learn more about the Arcoaire OptiClean Portable Negative Air Machine and Air Scrubber, click here

The "Internet of Things" is More Prominent
It seems everyone has a smart phone, tablet and/or laptop. And they are using those smart devices to do just about everything from home due to the pandemic — work, learn, manage their home comfort system, schedule HVAC routine maintenance, and more. 

In 2020, successful HVAC contractors embraced smart technology and used it to make installations and service more streamlined and profitable for the business while making the experience safer and more convenient for customers. 

Customers will continue to expect smart solutions in 2021. They want highly efficient HVAC products and services with mobile access and applications that can help them easily manage comfort settings, energy use and more. 

The Arcoaire® Ion System Control provides customers with mobile access to select split-system heat pumps, furnaces, and air conditioners from virtually anywhere.2 Clients can easily adjust indoor temperature and humidity settings or program personalized comfort schedules using the control's integrated Wi-Fi® technology. Click here for more information on how you can help customers manage energy costs (and more!) with an Ion System Control.   

Geothermal Systems are on the Rise
According to Jim Robbins in his article, Can Geothermal Power Play a Key Role in the Energy Transition?, "Many experts see geothermal power as an essential component of the world's green-energy future."3

Geothermal systems are an energy-efficient HVAC solution, with the potential to reduce energy usage by up to 60%, according to Energy.gov.4 In addition, geothermal systems may be eligible for federal and/or state tax credits and potential utilty rebates, where available. 

Interested in tapping into the benefits of geothermal? The Arcoaire® geothermal team just launched a new HW Series Geothermal Water-to-Water Heat Pump. It achieves up to 3.15 COP / 22.1 EER in a closed loop application and up to 3.7 COP / 26.3 EER in an open loop application. All HW Series models are ENERGY-STAR®-certified.5

To learn more on the new Arcoaire HW Series Geothermal Heat Pump, click here

Increased Demand for Ductless Systems
According to MarketsandMarkets, "the global ductless heating and cooling systems market is projected to reach USD 78.62 billion by 2021, at a [compound annual growth rate] of 8.18% from 2016 to 2021.6

Recently, Arcoaire introduced the DLFSAA and DLFLAA Ductless Air Handlers. With their amazing application flexbility, zoning capabilities, and efficiency (up to 20.0 SEER and 10.4 HSPF and heating operation down to -22° F (-30° F) when paired with compatible Arcoaire heat pumps),7 these ductless air handlers have comfort and performance covered! For more information on these new Ductless Air Handlers, click here

Arcoaire ductless products are available in ceiling-, wall- or floor-mounted models and can be used as a simple zoned HVAC solution in a room addition or as a whole-home HVAC solution. Ductless systems offer customers several benefits, including potential cost savings, reduced energy loss, quiet operation, and installation flexibility, since they do not require ductwork. 

Hopefully, this review of HVAC industry changes and continuing trends will help you plan for a succesful 2021. Arcoaire products and services can help prepare you for future progress and profitability!

1 https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/why-indoor-air-quality-important-schools
2 Control must be connected to Wi-Fi®. App requires iOS® or Android® mobile device.
3 https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-geothermal-power-play-a-key-role-in-the-energy-transition#:~:text=One%20large%20deep%20geothermal%20plant,to%20100%20TWh%20by%202050
4 https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/heat-pump-systems
5 ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Many models are ENERGY STAR qualified when matched with appropriate coil components. Proper sizing and installation of equipment is critical to achieve optimal performance. 
6 https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/ductless-heating-cooling-systems.asp
7 Efficiency ratings are dependent on the outdoor unit pairing. 

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