What Have Been the Biggest Advances in HVAC Over the Past Decade?

Technological innovation and improvements have been continuously at the forefront of the HVAC industry. As a result, HVAC systems that were built a few decades ago are a far cry from the modern systems we have today. So what are some of the major advances of the recent past? Listed below are some of the events that have changed the HVAC industry over the past 10 years.


This was the year that Emerson launched the energy-saving Copeland Scroll variable-speed compressor. It would become crucial in the advancement of other modern, energy-efficient systems over the next couple of years.

In the same year, the Nest Thermostat was launched. This smart device made it easy for homeowners to connect heating and cooling equipment to the internet. Several startups followed suit and introduced their smart thermostat models.


The Internet of Things (IoT) had started being integrated into industrial HVAC products. Companies like Vickers Electronics, Concirrus, and Thermocable designed monitoring systems that allowed HVAC contractors to detect and monitor A/C issues remotely.


In 2015, smart thermostats went mainstream. Their market grew by 123%. Thanks to these thermostats, consumers can monitor energy usage and control their HVAC systems from their smartphones.

Several companies started working on replacing vapor-compression systems with nonvapor compression HVAC systems. The Department of Energy (DOE) injected considerable funds into this nonvapor technology, which doesn’t use coolants to cool air. The technology is estimated to cut energy consumption by more than 50%.


The U.S. import and production of R-22 refrigerant was ended. This old industry standard was fully phased out because of its ozone-depleting chemicals.

If you still have an older R-22 system, you can only have it repaired with the reclaimed R-22. However, with supplies of the coolant decreasing, this could cost a small fortune. Other alternatives would be to replace the system or have it retrofitted to use the newer and more environmentally friendly refrigerants.

Based on the events of the past decade, it’s clear to see that plenty of changes that will give you improved energy efficiency and greater control over your environment are on the horizon. If you need a company with close to 50 years of rich HVAC history to serve your heating and cooling needs in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, or Indian River counties, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning.

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