Future Technologies for Controlling the Climate of your House
With climate change being at the forefront of many people’s minds it is perhaps fortunate that today’s advancements in both renewable energies and push button technologies will allow us to soon take better control of our home’s climate.
Although some technologies for controlling the climate in our homes are still in the development stages, others are already available. As with everything else, the developments available today will drop in price making them affordable to most home owners whilst those in the development stage will follow in the same way.
Here are some of the technologies that may in the future allow us better climate control in our house:
REMOTE CONTROL BY SMART PHONE
Instead of leaving heating on when you leave home to ensure your house is heated when you return, smart phone technology will allow you to turn the heating off when you leave and then by using your phone, turn it on in time to warm the house for your return.
In some western countries 40% of energy is consumed in controlling the climates in buildings, both industrial and residential. One of the main reasons for this high energy use is that often whole buildings are being heated to ensure that people in certain rooms are comfortable. For instance, a home may be wholly heated with just one person in one room watching TV.
The use of laser beams to determine which rooms are occupied and which are empty, can drastically reduce the energy usage. When the lasers are connected to a building’s climate system, it will turn off heating in empty rooms and turn it back on as someone enters.
Whilst reducing the times your home’s heating is on and selectively, via lasers, only heating rooms which are occupied will reduce your heating costs there are concerns about the use of any un-renewable energy. Although an increasing number of homes do have solar power panels on their roofs, storage of that solar power has, until now, been a prohibiting factor, plus of course the cost of solar power panels.
The cost of solar panels continues to decrease but perhaps more importantly, for the future, the advances in battery technology will allow you to more easily store that solar energy for when it is needed. Until now, solar panels on the roofs of homes have been absorbing energy during the day whilst residents are at work or school but in the future that energy will be available ‘on tap’ from the improved batteries.
VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS
VPPs are being trialed around the world and these combine the advances in solar energy, batteries and remote controls. A VPP will store solar energy in batteries and then distribute it, remotely, as and where called for within its connected grid. This too will ensure homes receive energy only as and when they need it in order to better control their climates.
Although all of us do what we can to limit the energy we use heating our homes, technological advances across several sectors will make all of our tasks easier. Although some of the advances are first being tested with heating applications, the success in that will quickly lead to similar success with air conditioning units to keep our homes cooler if needed. Whilst these technologies may yet seem far away to us today, it is envisaged that many of them will become quite common place by as soon as 2025.
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