There have been many discussions lately about 2021 HVAC trends — but one of the most notable things we’re seeing is the millennial generation’s increasing impact on the industry itself. As we look into trends in HVAC, it becomes more important to consider how the millennial generation may shape HVAC equipment, operations, technology and training down the road. In fact, we’re already beginning to see their effect in 2021.
More than ever, younger generations are demanding more environmentally friendly solutions — and heating and cooling equipment is no exception. Specifically, the millennial generation has led a push towards “greener” HVAC equipment with a reduced carbon footprint, sustainable design and lower operating costs. Some great examples of green HVAC solutions spearheaded by millennial demand includesmart thermostatsandgeothermal heat pumps.
Geothermal heat pumps are alternative energy sources that have spiked in popularity, largely due to increased demand from millennial customers. Millennials are looking for energy efficient heating and cooling solutions that come with low operating costs and put out minimal carbon emissions.
Geothermal heat pumps are an excellent solution for millennial clients because they offer both heating and cooling capabilities using energy drawn directly from the ground. Meanwhile, millennial clients are continuing to move away from some “traditional” HVAC solutions that use a great deal of natural gas, fuel, coal or other non-renewable resources to be more environmentally friendly.
As millennials begin to have a greater impact on the HVAC industry, it also makes sense that we will begin to see more of them working in the field to enact the changes they desire. As a result, there will likely be a need forimproved training programsso that this new generation of workers can gain the skills and knowledge they need to further improve HVAC equipment and technology.
This is especially true as younger generations are moving away from more traditional HVAC equipment. As this equipment becomes obsolete, HVAC technicians will need to be well versed in new technologies to make innovative and in-demand equipment more accessible to a greater portion of the population. These same technicians will need to be able to install this equipment and service and maintain it as well.
Only time will tell the impact the millennial generation will have on the HVAC industry, as we’ve only just begun to see some of these trends play out. However, as vocal and demanding for change as this generation seems to be, it’s probably safe to say that the HVAC industry will look very different in just a few years.
More than likely, we’ll see an influx of new technology that cuts down on our carbon footprints while saving us money on operating costs. No matter what the future holds,CEwill be here to embrace every change and provide HVAC professionals with the equipment they need to serve their clients.