Smart Home technology

In 1901, the version of what we know today as the modern electric-powered air conditioning unit was first built. While many of today’s ACs might run on the same fundamentals, there have been leaps and bounds in improvements made in ways to enhance comfort past just primary cooling.

Over the past few decades, the industry has developed split systems, smart thermostats, solar HVAC, and temperature zoning systems to help homeowners stay comfortable.

In a temperature zoning system, each separate living space can get its own discretely installed thermostat. This will control the flow of cool air to specific zones within your home through a series of ductwork upgrades to ensure each rooms’ own unique temperature needs are met, keeping every room of your home as hot or as cool as you’d like.

Split systems, sometimes referred to as mini-splits, allow for total comfort control for any room.

Many properties have one room that doesn’t get hot or cold enough, no matter how you set your thermostat. Split systems are essentially single-room HVAC systems, meaning you can have fine control of the comfort level of an individual room without an unsightly window unit.

This versatile option allows for customizable comfort in an individual room without having to reconfigure your entire HVAC system.

Energy Star and the U.S. Department of Energy recommend that you heat and cool your property based on occupancy during specific times of the day. While you could try to manage this yourself by manually adjusting your thermostat every eight hours or so, smart thermostats make it easy.

These systems automatically learn your routines and adjust your HVAC system temperature multiple times throughout the day without affecting your comfort.

The means your HVAC won’t run as hard while you’re not home but can also cool your property down again in anticipation of your return.

In the end, for a smart thermostat investment, you can save significant dollars on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort.

With solar powered HVAC units, you can harness the light and heat of the sun to power your property’s HVAC systems. In addition to collecting solar energy, solar panels utilize natural heat retention to assist in the temperature control of your AC’s refrigerant.

In the end, that means you’ll see a major reduction in the power consumption of your AC.

Dave Miller, owner of Superior Services, has been providing residential and commercial HVAC services in the Lowcountry for 20 years.