New construction and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems go hand-in-hand. When construction of new offices, homes, and industrial buildings is highly sought after, there’s no question of whether or not an HVAC system will be required. Good air comfort and air quality is a must for occupants! However, HVAC is currently in high demand. If you’re in the market for a new space of your own, you may find yourself on a waiting list. Builders and HVAC manufacturers are working hard to source the necessary materials. But why is new HVAC construction is in such high demand? How can you make sure to get what you need to keep cool in this hot market?
The Demand for New Buildings
Despite the difficulties and interruptions to supply lines and manufacturing that the COVID-19 pandemic brought, the demand for new buildings has not slowed down. In fact, the construction of new buildings is in high demand. Multifamily, warehouse, and office projects are all part of the construction boom. Each of these new buildings require its own HVAC system suited to its size. Although the buildings can vary from the intricate mazes of duct work and interlinked heat exchanges that skyscrapers demand to an ultra-slim air conditioning unit that can keep a bungalow cool, everyone, everywhere will be making sure that they have the means to maintain air comfort.
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The Demand for Better Ventilation
Ventilation has often been considered the “forgotten” letter of the HVAC acronym. However, that attitude has quickly changed in the face of COVID-19. Ventilation is now at the forefront of everyone’s mind, as bringing fresh air into indoor spaces has become a high priority.
Schools have been a major driving force in the call for improved ventilation. They are increasing their demands for improved ventilation, as well as long-lasting equipment. Proper ventilation can be achieved in many different ways. One of the most common methods is called “spot ventilation.” This is achieved with exhaust fans that simply pull air out of a space. However, modern HVAC systems can now provide a home with proper ventilation that not only brings fresh air into a home, but can also control humidity as it works. New buildings now include modern HVAC systems, while older buildings are upgrading, which is increasing overall HVAC demand.
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The Demand for Better Air Health
COVID-19 has impacted the way people use indoor spaces, whether temporarily or permanently. Many companies allowed their employees to work from home during the height of the global pandemic to make social distancing easier, as well as reduce the risk of employees spreading the illness. As employers are recalling their workforces to their respective office spaces, they are also making accommodations to better defend against airborne illnesses.
Many HVAC manufacturers install air purifying systems as part of a new HVAC system or can integrate them into an already-existing system. These air purifiers use technology like ultraviolet light, HEPA filtration, activated carbon, and electrostatic to help amplify an HVAC system’s ability to remove particulates, viruses, and bacteria from the air. When the time comes to consider new construction HVAC options, more and more builders are choosing to have these air health solutions integrated from the start. This allows their building’s air health to have a head start before it is ever occupied.
The Demand for New Innovations
Modern HVAC systems and current building owners have something in common: they’re getting smart about air quality. Manually operated thermostats are a cost-effective way to control air temperature. However, buildings ranging from single-family homes to massive warehouses are seeking out better ways to control their HVAC systems. Smart thermostats, like the Google Nest or Ecobee3 Lite are becoming more and more in demand as people seek ways to lower their electricity bills while optimizing the use of their HVAC system. Smart thermostats allow for remote control and can learn the pattern of building occupants. This not only accommodates, but anticipates the needs of the people using the building. With many companies reinstating a reduced workforce back into their offices and warehouses, their air conditioning will require new management tools to ensure that the HVAC systems aren’t needlessly overworked.
Meeting Your Demands
If you are trying to build a home or office space, the best advice may be the hardest to take: be patient. A year of factory shutdowns and interruptions of supplies due to COVID-19 have hit HVAC manufacturers hard. In spite of that, they are doing their best to build and ship HVAC systems. Adding to issues, ACHRnews.com explains that, “a bigger chokehold is actually transportation logistics, from a shortage of shipping containers to backlogged ports to a lack of truck drivers.” Any delay at a single point in the supply chain can have a huge impact on how long it takes for suppliers to get the materials they need to meet demands.
If you are currently attempting to source HVAC system supplies, reach out to your local, licensed HVAC service provider. They’ll have the up-to-date knowledge on what HVAC brands and systems are suffering from delays. Your local HVAC service provider is there to offer you their expertise. They will make sure you have the best system, not only in efficiency, air health, or modern technology, but one that is suited to the space you are looking to build.