With another decade behind us, many industries are gearing up for new innovations and advancements for the 20s. The HVAC industry is no different and as the industry continues to boom, 2020 is sure to deliver many trends and innovations for HVAC. LG strives to stay ahead of the curve in delivering innovative HVAC solutions and services. As 2020 gets underway, let’s look at some of the trends we can expect to see in the HVAC industry for the year ahead.
Say Goodbye to R22
While R22 is one of the most common refrigerants in use today, it is also one of the most harmful to the environment. R22 is an industry standard Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant that is slated to be become illegal in the US as of January 1, 2020. The goal of the new legislation banning R22 and many other HCFC refrigerants is to replace them with eco-friendly refrigerants such as the R32 refrigerant used in LG’s Multi V S VRF solution. Once the R22 ban goes into effect, all R22 systems will become obsolete and importation or manufacture of the refrigerant will be prohibited. We are excited to see how refrigerants will continue to become for environmentally friendly and more efficient.
Learn more about the history of refrigerants and how they have evolved.
The new generation of home owners is looking for sustainable solutions
The Millennial Touch
Each generation attributes value in products and services in different ways. As Millennials are growing older, they are also entering into the housing market and, thus, becoming HVAC consumers. Millennials are placing more value on sustainable solutions that are not only more efficient but also decrease their impact on the environment. They also show that they are willing to pay more for sustainable solutions. Look out for more efficient and eco-friendly HVAC solutions from manufacturers driven by these new market demands.
HVAC solution that allow a transition to electricity will begin to make a stand
As everyone looks to connect more and more devices, some people are also pushing to connect HVAC to the electrical grid. Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is bringing this topic to the table. Homes and commercial buildings in many regions still chiefly depend on natural gas, coal or fuel oil as energy sources. While the transition of converting old systems to run on the electrical grid is not an simple process, options such as air-to-water heat pumps are becoming a popular option as people look to decrease their dependability on gas and oil. Many of these solutions have the ability to generate cooling, heating and hot water all from one unit. Market demand, government regulation and technological innovation will drive this transition.
We will see geothermal tech make HVAC even more efficient
With the goal of finding alternative energy sources hot on everyone’s mind, geothermal is set to become a big part of the HVAC industry. Geothermal heat pumps are used to transfer heat from the ground to heat and cool a building. This highly efficient new and renewable energy source is gaining traction and deliver COPs between 3.0 and 5.0. Programs such as Horizon 2020 funded by the EU are also help to bring this technology to the forefront and promoting innovation in the field.
Click the link below for more detailed information on LG’s geothermal heat pump.
The HVAC industry will increase resources to train the new generation of HVAC professionals
The HVAC Job Force
With the Boomer generation set to retire and the HVAC market continuing to grow, the industry will soon have more professionals on the way out than are in the pipeline for recruitment. We are set to see the HVAC industry allocating attention and resources to recruiting the next generation of HVAC technicians and engineers. This new generation of workers will need training to develop the skills for the job and HVAC companies will begin to search for and implement training and skills programs as we have seen with the LG Air Conditioning Academies around the world.
LG not only strives to provide innovative HVAC solutions on the market but also looks to develop skilled experts to go out into the field.
With 2019 behind us, we are excited to see and experience the many changes that 2020 has for the HVAC industry. We will also continue to innovate and leave our mark on the industry in 2020 and beyond. Thank you for spending 2019 with us and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.