HVAC systems can be one of the biggest energy consumers. Current HVAC trends are geared toward becoming more energy efficient and more environmentally friendly. There are different types of HVAC systems available now that technology has become a big part of HVAC. With a smart HVAC, remote capabilities are available for you to control your HVAC system from anywhere wirelessly. A smart system can alert you when it needs a repair or routine maintenance check. New or added sensors in the thermostat, compressor, or other areas can help regulate how the system should run, when it is really needed and where. New buildings are now being designed with sustainability in mind as a new movement called green building design. Sustainable designs such as different ventilation systems are using natural airflow to reduce energy costs. Different building materials that can keep a building at a more constant temperature are also being used. Solar HVAC systems can be installed in new construction or used to upgrade existing buildings. These systems use solar paneling to absorb heat and light energy from the sun and power your heating and/or cooling system. Geothermal HVAC systems contain a system of pipes buried underground, called an earth loop. Ground temperatures tend to stay more constant than the rising and falling air temperatures. Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of their consistency to heat and cool your building. Water is run through the underground pipes and is heated or cooled by the ground’s constant temperature and an indoor unit uses a fan, compressor, and pump to deliver the air throughout the building. A great place to start to review the new HVAC options for your facility, is to perform an energy audit. A professional HVAC contractor can help you by assessing your facility and doing the audit and help you decide what is the best fit for your facility’s needs.