You may love turning on the heater during winters, or the air conditioner during summers. It’s quick and easy, but it wasn’t so always. The HVAC engineering and industry is an ever-evolving one. With advancement in technology, meeting the demands of customers is often a challenge
Here are a few of the things that the HVAC Engineering industry is focusing on right now
- Being Energy Efficient
Energy efficiency is what consumers are looking for. The energy crisis of the 1970s, for instance, made countries focus on conversation and efficiency. It meant that HVAC engineers had to be dynamic and come up with new ways to perform the same task on less energy-consumption equipment. The abundant use of fossil fuels became a concern.
Consumers today also understand the need for energy efficiency and its impact on the overall cost. HVAC systems are a lot more energy efficient today than they are before, but more needs to be done. We are sure you don’t want the high heating bills every winter!
- Finding the Right Equipment
For HVAC engineers, coordinating with architecture, civil engineers, structural engineers, plumbing engineers, and electrical engineers before installation remain a worry. Here are some of the things HVAC engineers have to look at.
- The location, size of equipment and placement of equipment to use during the design process.
- The type of material in use for the construction of the building is also a factor for the equipment to be used.
- The landscape can impact the thermal loads too.
- Following the building codes, fire and protection codes.
- Customer demands
Customers look for more. Offering the best solutions for the building under a budget is a challenging aspect when it comes to HVAC engineering. You need to design the layout, what material to use, and even which material to use.
All this while ensuring that the low budget won’t affect the overall quality. Over the long-term, customers wouldn’t want to incur heavy maintenance cost.
- The Climate
Every place is different. HVAC systems need to work properly even when the weather conditions are extreme. HVAC engineering needs to keep the air-conditioning, ventilation running to maintain the inside temperature.
To do that, the engineers have to keep in mind different factors like:
- The outside temperature,
- The number of people,
- The distribution of ventilation through all the zones of the building.
They also have to work on moisture control and make sure that no mould forms. Additionally, there is a need to calculate the internal as well as the external air pressure so to avoid any undesirable moisture formation inside the building.
- To maintain the IAQ
Maintaining the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is another challenge. HVAC engineers need to keep in mind the design factor, and that airborne disease cannot survive inside. The question here is, if the air quality outside is poor, how would they ensure better quality inside?
While the challenges remain, it is no secret that the industry is one that will continue to see significant growth. The HVAC engineering industry in the U.S. alone is estimated to generate revenues of over $60 million in the next twelve months.