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4 HVAC/R Trends For 2014

January 10, 2014

On Demand Poon Water Heater - Southborough, MAIt used to be that the HVAC/R industry made big changes at a snail’s pace. With the marketplace the way it is, that’s no longer an option − meaning everyone in the industry simply has to stay up-to-date with what’s coming. Here’s a look at four trends in 2014:

  1. An improving economy − It hasn’t been a rocket upward trend, but the trend line for the overall economy is rising and that holds true for the HVAC/R industry, too. ACHR News reports that 70 percent of HVAC/R manufacturers expect growth in 2014. And let’s be honest, manufacturers don’t expect growth unless there’s a need for more equipment, and that need comes from demand in the field.
  2. More “smart” technology − You see it if you go to your local hardware store, and you most certainly see it if you attend any HVAC/R trade shows − smart technology with thermostats, and heating and cooling systems continue to gain in popularity. Many companies are making increasingly strong smart thermostats and systems, with manufacturers pushing each other to create better systems.
  3. VRF invades the U.S. − Variable refrigerant flow is dominant in countries like Japan and China, but is just getting its foothold in the U.S. and will continue to take hold in 2014. The system allows an outdoor condensing unit to be connected to several indoor fan coil units. With continued demand for efficiency in the commercial segment of HVAC/R, it’s not surprising the demand for VRF systems will continue to grow.
  4. Construction market growth − Housing starts continue to grow, and that means there will be continued need for HVAC/R in new homes. This segment of the population has certainly seen its up and downs in recent years, but surveys show that contractors are feeling near record confidence for the residential construction market.

As you can see, 2014 looks like an exciting year for all of us in the industry, and there’s plenty of optimism. It’s also the year you will see even more hilmor tools introduced, making those residential, commercial or construction jobs that much easier. Here’s to big things in 2014!

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New Construction

  • Custom
  • Plan & spec
  • Design build

Remodeling

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Basement

Heating

  • Forced hot water
  • Radiant heating
  • Hydro air