Artificial Intelligence and HVAC?
Most people do not necessarily think of artificial intelligence (AI) and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the same space. However, the reality is that AI is already part of many modern HVAC systems with much more potential ahead.
Our Ballard Natural Gas professionals want you to stay informed about the latest developments in this arena. In the long run, AI can help you increase your comfort level, decrease your energy costs, and improve the condition of your HVAC equipment in your Seattle home.
Boost Creature Comforts
Ultimately, an HVAC system is designed to help you and your family stay comfortable no matter what the outside weather is like. As developments and technology advance, you’re experiencing fewer drafts, cold or hot spots, and other discomforts that your ancestors took for granted. In the future, AI will contribute even further to boosting creature comforts.
For example, heat- and motion-detection technology is already available in many applications. Eventually, it may become commonplace for multiple detectors in a home to essentially “follow” you and your family members as you go about your daily business.
When you enter a room, your HVAC system will increase or decrease the temperature, air circulation, and humidity to reach an optimal level. When you leave a room, the system will go down to a minimal operation.
Increase Energy Efficiency
Perhaps one of the first basic applications of AI in the HVAC industry revolved around programmable thermostats. When these first arrived on the market, they allowed Washington homeowners to drop the temperature after family members left for work or school or during the night. The thermostats would then increase the temperature shortly before family members arrived home or woke up for the day. One of the biggest benefits was energy savings.
More advanced AI technologies are doing the same things today. Smart thermostats can “learn” how you like your temperature to fluctuate during a given week and adjust its settings appropriately. In addition, many people can now control their thermostats or HVAC systems remotely through a Wi-Fi connection.
The heat- and motion-detection technology available saves even more energy by only providing heating or cooling in the areas of the home family members are currently using.
Better HVAC Equipment Care
Most people don’t think much about their HVAC system until it’s not working correctly. After a breakdown or malfunction, a homeowner will call a professional technician to come and repair the problem.
On the other hand, some people work hard to maintain their HVAC systems, regularly changing their air filters and adhering to a regular maintenance schedule recommended by their local HVAC provider.
However, AI promises to ratchet this level of maintenance another notch higher by providing sensors that can monitor your HVAC system around the clock. According to THE ACHR NEWS, smart systems will detect HVAC problems more quickly, leading to greater comfort and reduced energy usage. Certain vibrations, temperature changes, electric current levels, or fluid amounts may provide an early signal for a potential malfunction.
This type of AI sensor will be able to alert you or the HVAC company of impending problems before you have an interruption of your heating or cooling. This often means problems are caught in very early stages, which can result in both reduced repair bills and energy savings. It can also prevent further damage of your HVAC equipment, thereby lengthening the life span of your furnace or air conditioner.
Contact Us Today
If you’re interested in learning more about the latest AI developments in the heating and cooling industry, turn to Ballard Natural Gas in Seattle, WA. We work hard to keep our team up to date on the latest developments in both AI and in other HVAC areas and are always interested in sharing the latest developments with our customers. Call 206.784.8101 or request service online today.