There have been some big changes in the air conditioning industry over the last 5 years with new trends sweeping the marketplace and adding real value to climate control, efficiency and connectivity.
The building boom in Sydney has driven a greater demand for new solutions to modern climate control problems and opened the market to some of the latest technology which can be installed in newly built and renovated buildings and retrofitted to some existing systems.
Our customers are increasingly asking for technologies that help them run their lives and their homes efficiently and easily , reduce their energy costs and most importantly create a comfortable climate for themselves and their families. Lets take a look at what is hot right now!
Commercial solutions to residential problems – VRV
While ducted air conditioning has been widely used in residential fit outs for many years, a newly developed VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) system has had a increase in uptake in residential installations thanks to its adaptability, energy efficiency and individual temperature control. Previously used for commercial air conditioning the VRV system provides customers with the ability to maintain individual zone control in each room and floor of a building just like a ducted system and it requires just one outdoor unit. Unlike ducted systems however it can be installed in most homes because there is no need for ductwork in the ceiling or under floor, making it perfect for low and flat roof installations.
One of the great features of the VRV system is the flexibility to use a combination of wall, floor, ceiling and bulkhead units to create a seamless design perfect for any home. It really ticks all the boxes on looks and efficiency.
Zoned temperature control
In the past large ducted air conditioning units were installed with two or more zones which directed air flow to different sections of the house. You might have a bedroom zone, a living area zone and a zone for the kitchen/dining. You could run one or all of the zones together but the temperature in each zone would be the same. Now there is a better option and it is our second top trend for 2018.
Zoned Temperature Control is a next generation climate control system and allows users to set individual room temperatures, giving every member of the family more control over the temperature in their room simultaneously.
Say goodbye to those arguments over the thermostat, Zoned Temperature Control is here to stay!
Smart Home technology
It’s not surprising that Smart Home Technology has become one of the hottest trends in air conditioning. Customers now have more control over the climate in their own home than ever before. Wireless connectivity is available for both split and ducted air conditioners and the best news is that in many cases can be retrofitted to existing units.
Some systems will even sync with other appliances in your home turning your smart phone into a universal remote for almost any appliance in your home.
Look good feel good
Not surprisingly one new trend that has come from the renovation and building boom in Sydney is a greater attention to aesthetics, with customers focusing more on the look of internal fixtures for both ducted and split air conditioners.
Special order wall & floor grilles, outlets and premium wall controllers are all on the agenda for savvy customers looking to create a great aesthetic for their home.
While there is an increased cost for many of these choices there is also an increased sense of satisfaction when the completed job shows a high attention to detail and an increase home value for those looking to sell their home.
Clean Air technology
Last but certainly not least our final hot trend for 2018 is Clean Air Technology. Dust, dander and other contaminants can significantly reduce indoor air quality, so it is not surprising that more people are looking for an air conditioning system with the highest quality air filtration system available.
Brands that have recognition from specialists in Asthma and Respiratory diseases are in higher demand with customers who want good internal air quality
Right across the board we’ve seen an increase in customers seeking out systems with the highest level of air filtration available.
We can certainly predict that there will be ongoing improvements to air conditioning systems in coming years with the top trends of today turning into standard features in years to come. Better efficiency, better control, better connectivity, better looking components and better air quality will all become common place features but for now they are the hot ticket items helping customers choose the best air conditioner for their homes.
We can’t wait to see what they come up with next!