Five Hottest Smart Home HVAC Trends of 2020

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HVAC worldwide is a $200 billion a year industry and home and business owners may now be able to take greater control of their expenses. This is due to the growing prevalence of smart technology and the increasingly connected world of the Internet of things.

“Intelligent” products, including a variety of smart thermostats that are already on the market, give consumers more personal control over their homes through the use of technology that “learns” on its own or through an app on a phone or other networked system. As HVAC systems trend toward the use of more electronic (rather than mechanical) components, it should be interesting to note how homes and businesses will change in the future.

For now, we profile five “smart” innovations below that can be put to use in your home in 2020 and beyond.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat With Voice Control

The newest thermostat from Ecobee is the Smart Thermostat With Voice Control. Installing this smart thermostat can save you up to 23 percent on your home energy costs per year. The thermostat does this by not only learning your patterns and cooling or warming the house appropriately, but also by timing cooling and warming cycles with time-of-use energy prices and by adjusting for humidity inside and outside the home.

With a built-in Alexa, this thermostat is also voice-controlled. Installation is very straightforward and there is a user friendly Android of iOS app for easy setup. At $249, this thermostat can pay for itself in energy savings in the first year.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

If investing in internet-enabled small appliances such as coffee makers, fans, or lamps is not in your budget, you can install a ConnectSense Smart Outlet and turn them into smart appliances for very little money.

This outlet can be controlled using your Android or iOS app from a mobile device enabling you to turn it on or off or monitor energy usage. Utilizing the app, it is possible to even use your voice to control the plug with either Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. Each plug in the two-plug system can be managed independently. You can also link it to smart home hubs such as HomeKit Scenes and Automations opening the possibility to link outlets turning on to actions such as doors opening or doorbells being rung. These outlets cost just $59.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat has remained dominant in HVAC smart home trends these past few years—and there’s a reason why it remains relevant.

Did you know that if your thermostat isn’t properly programmed, you could be throwing away $172 annually? That’s according to the makers of the Nest Thermostat, which actually learns what your home preferences are and then programs itself to set them. A Nest can also be controlled from your phone and can result in certain financial advantages, like reducing your heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent, according to the Nest website. In fact, every time you make a heating or cooling change in your home, the thermostat’s Nest Sense is learning, so that it can schedule and activate your preferences itself.

Additionally, the system even senses when you have left your home and consequently adjusts your heating or cooling system. The Nest Thermostat can be purchased for $249.00.

The Keen Vent

This was also developed a few years ago, but it remains just as relevant: this smart vent “intelligently” opens and closes to reduce the presence of hot or cold spots in your rooms. Keen’s smart vents replace your existing vents and connect to your existing home network through the use of Zigbee.

You can keep your own faceplates or choose from a variety of beautiful vents offered by the company. You can also set up zones in your house so that you can direct the flow of air to these areas, instead of the hallway. The starter kits are priced at a reasonable $389 for one or two rooms, or whole home kits for just over $1,600.

Frigidaire Smart Window Air Conditioner

In the middle of the 20th century, window air conditioners became popular as a way to cool homes in many parts of the country. Although many single-family detached homes now have central air, window units still play a part in cooling, particularly in some large apartment or condominium buildings.

The Frigidaire Smart Window AC system takes in information from you, learning from your location and schedule. Like other smart devices, it can be controlled when you are elsewhere, using an app on your phone, but also figures out where you are using that phone’s GPS system. That way, if you are approaching your home, the cooling system can turn on, so that you don’t walk through the door into a sweltering, uncomfortable environment.

Kimmy Gustafson

Kimmy Gustafson is a freelance writer with a passion for sharing stories of bravery. Her love for world-traveling began when her family moved to Spain when she was six and since then, she has lived overseas extensively, visited six continents, and traveled to over 25 countries. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French. When not writing or parenting she can be found kiteboarding, hiking, or cooking.

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