As of 2017, the HVAC Industry employed hundreds of thousands of people nationwide and the field is expected to continue to grow. With the advancement of HVAC technology and a number of new legislative and regulatory changes rolling out, the 2019 HVAC industry trends will keep this field moving forward. We’ve come up with a list of 4 exciting HVAC industry trends to keep an eye on.
SMART HVAC SYSTEMS
HVAC systems are advancing quickly, and consumers are often seeking to install smart HVAC systems. These advanced units are now able to monitor themselves, self-diagnose issues, and send reports to the consumer or maintenance company. Some of these smart systems have apps that consumers can use to adjust their heating and air conditioning remotely. HVAC manufacturers are not only designing systems that can send an alert when something is malfunctioning, but they are also designing interconnected HVAC systems that can pick up the slack when another unit isn’t working properly. HVAC manufacturers are consistently providing innovative products that require HVAC technicians to keep up with current technology.
The HVAC industry is also seeking to bridge the gap between the unit and the consumer. Commercial and residential consumers expect to have an advanced HVAC system that they can access and manage remotely. Consumers want the ability to receive alerts when something is not working properly, and they want to have access to real-time diagnostics. In addition, there are a number of smartphone apps being built, and some that are currently available, that HVAC technicians can use to diagnose faulty systems. All of these advances in HVAC/Consumer connectivity indicate that there will be a greater need for tech-savvy HVAC technicians who can work these new systems.
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY CHANGES
There are a number of legislative and regulatory changes that impact the HVAC industry and will become effective in the near future. Residential units will have to meet fan efficiency requirements as of mid-2019 and commercial units (rooftop) will have to meet two-part Department of Energy efficiency requirements this year. Between the legislative and regulatory changes and the move towards zero-emission systems, HVAC technicians will need to be up-to-date on their training and certifications.
Finally, commercial building owners are looking for HVAC solutions that allow them to perform building management more efficiently and effectively. HVAC manufacturers are working to provide consumers with systems that can be remotely managed and can control temperature, humidity, and ventilation based on CO2 levels, time of day, number of people inside the building, etc. Modern HVAC technicians will need to know how to use and troubleshoot these systems if they expect to remain competitive in today’s market.
Florida Career College’s HVAC Program offers courses that include Regulation and Building Automation, Commercial and Residential Troubleshooting, Specialized Commercial Equipment, and Heating Systems and Boilers to help you prepare for a career in the HVAC industry.