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The Future of Home Cooling & Plumbing: Innovations on the Horizon

The home of the future will be smarter, greener, and more efficient than ever before. Two essential areas of household infrastructure—cooling and plumbing—are undergoing significant innovations. What works for your home today, will likely not be the most efficient option in years to come with how quickly technology is advancing. Let’s explore some of the emerging trends and technologies in home cooling and plumbing that promise to reshape our domestic experience.

The future of home cooling and plumbing

Home Cooling – The Future is Here

Eco-friendly Coolants

Traditional refrigerants used in air conditioning units have been found to contribute significantly to global warming. In response, manufacturers are shifting to eco-friendly coolants that have a lower global warming potential. While older HVAC units may not be compatible with eco-friendly coolants, it is important to put this shift on your radar if a new HVAC unit purchase is in your near future.

Smart Air Conditioners

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way we interact with appliances. Smart AC units can be controlled via smartphone apps, learn from your preferences, and adjust cooling patterns to optimize energy consumption. Smart A/C’s are the future and it would be in your best interest to integrate a smart HVAC unit into your home sooner than later.

Geothermal Cooling Systems

Using the earth’s stable underground temperature, geothermal cooling systems are both energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. While the upfront cost is high, homeowners can benefit from long-term energy savings. Geothermal cooling systems may not make the most sense in your region so it is important to ask your local HVAC company about your options.

Passive Cooling Design

Architects and engineers are rethinking house designs to include passive cooling elements. By optimizing the orientation, insulation, and window placements, homes can remain cooler without relying heavily on mechanical cooling. This is crucial for homes in the Greater Phoenix area as temperatures historically range from 80-120 degrees between 6-8 months out of the year.

Plumbing Technology Has Come a Long Way

Smart Leak Detection

Water leaks can cause expensive property damage. Smart sensors can detect even minor leaks in the plumbing system, alerting homeowners immediately, and some systems can even shut off water supply automatically to prevent flooding. Ask your local plumbing company about leak detection sensors for your appliances and plumbing systems.

Greywater Recycling Systems

Water scarcity is a global issue, prompting homeowners to consider greywater recycling. These systems reuse water from showers, sinks, and washing machines for purposes like toilet flushing or garden irrigation. This is a great option for residents in the Greater Phoenix area.

Tankless Water Heaters

Instead of storing a large volume of hot water, these heaters warm up water on-demand, leading to energy savings. They’re compact and can provide unlimited hot water as long as they’re operating within their capacity. Learn the benefits of various types of water heaters by clicking here!

Touchless Fixtures

Touchless faucets and toilets, which were once limited to commercial spaces, are making their way into homes. Not only do they offer convenience, but they also promote better hygiene by reducing touchpoints. Check out our blog post on smart plumbing fixtures and the benefits of making the switch as a homeowner.

Sustainable Materials

There’s a growing trend to move away from PVC and other environmentally harmful materials in plumbing. Alternative, sustainable materials, such as HDPE (high-density polyethylene) or PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), are being adopted for their durability and minimal environmental impact.

The Future of Home Cooling & Plumbing?

The future of home cooling and plumbing is geared towards sustainability, efficiency, and intelligence. As homeowners become more environmentally conscious and technologically savvy, the demand for innovative solutions in these sectors will only grow. Investing in these technologies not only secures a comfortable and efficient home environment but also ensures a positive step towards a greener planet.

 

Looking for a reliable plumbing and HVAC company that can help you implement some of these new systems into your home? Contact Hansen Family Plumbing & Air today!

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