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Emerging Trends in Commercial Heating

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While heating and cooling are critical for any commercial facility, they constitute 40% of electric consumption. Therefore, keeping HVAC systems operating optimally should be a key priority for facility managers. The good news is that commercial HVAC technologies have been improving over the years, which is excellent for high-performance and unrivalled comfort levels. To get the most out of HVAC systems, facility managers must keep tabs on all the emerging trends in commercial HVAC. Here are exciting trends to watch for in commercial heating.

Replacing Natural Gas with Hydrogen

Today, HVAC systems in most commercial facilities run on natural gas. Unfortunately, natural gas produces carbon dioxide when burnt, harming the environment. Thus, commercial HVAC system manufacturers are shifting towards hydrogen-powered heating and cooling solutions. Hydrogen is considered an alternative to natural gas because of its green credentials. Hydrogen produces only water vapour, heat and zero carbon dioxide emissions when burnt. It makes hydrogen-powered HVAC systems an excellent choice for large commercial facilities. Additionally, hydrogen does contain a lot of energy, making it a very efficient power source for commercial HVAC systems.

Forward Thinking HVAC Design

In the past, HVAC devices were deliberately designed to meet current heating and cooling needs. However, the design is counterproductive if you consider the constant improvements in HVAC technologies and commercial facilities' ever-changing heating/cooling needs. In this regard, HVAC unit manufacturers are trying to develop forward-thinking appliances. As a result, the emerging HVAC units are designed with future needs in mind. For instance, the decarbonization of HVAC is the ultimate objective for commercial facilities. However, it can only be achieved by replacing natural gas with hydrogen. Unfortunately, traditional boilers are not designed to work efficiently with hydrogen gas. Luckily, current HVAC systems are hydrogen ready, and while they operate on methane, they can easily be converted to accommodate hydrogen gas as a clean fuel source. The best thing about it is that commercial facilities can avoid expensive boiler replacements.

Remote Diagnostics

The optimal performance of a commercial HVAC system keeps operational costs low and enhances comfort levels. However, you are only guaranteed optimal performance with routine checks and maintenance. Unfortunately, facility managers have continued to rely on reactive diagnostics, where problems are discovered long after an issue has escalated. Fortunately, the days are long gone since HVAC systems can be monitored and diagnosed remotely and round the clock. It ensures that any issues are flagged as soon as possible so that technicians can sort them promptly. Remote diagnostics of HVAC system enhances consistent performance, safety, cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and unrivalled comfort. 

For more information, contact a commercial heating contractor near you. 


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