From improving air quality to developing new heating techniques, technology is enabling smarter, more sustainable, and more efficient HVAC systems.
With a rapidly changing climate and a growing global middle class, demand for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) products is rising.
There will be 5.6 billion air conditioners installed around the world by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). But this is just as much a problem as it is a solution.
Traditional HVAC systems are often inefficient, clunky, and polluting. They use HFCs (hydroflourocarbons), which emit greenhouse gases considered to be between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Many states like California and New York have passed bills that limit or entirely phase out the use of HFCs. Tech is also trying to come up with answers to make HVAC systems smarter, more sustainable, and more efficient.
Using CB Insights’ data, we identified 25+ startups using technology to improve different aspects of HVAC systems, from cleaning the air they emit to adding software to monitor & control usage to replacing them with entirely new systems, and more.