In a time of changes the future is always uncertain. As we head toward 2019, change is impacting the HVAC industry on several levels and it remains unclear how forces like tariffs, regulations, and trends in technology will ultimately balance out.
The good news is that the domestic HVAC industry continues to grow. According to the HVAC Insider, HVACR manufacturers reported positive sales growth in 2018 and 87% of respondents expect continued growth across all market segments in 2019.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the market for HVAC labor is set to grow by at least 9% over the next 8 years, which means adding upwards of 12,000 new jobs for sheet metal workers.
Building construction has been strong in 2018, which is good for the HVAC industry. Office construction is up 14.7% and commercial space is up 8.4%. However, according to an article by Kim Slowey at ConstructionDive, there is some concern that office construction could slow in 2019.
As always, there are forces at play in the HVAC market sure to have unforeseen consequences for both good and bad. The ones making the most headlines today are tariffs and trade wars. While international trade is a complex subject, reliable consequences of things like tariffs and trade wars include:
One concern in the HVAC industry is that current US domestic steel and aluminum production capacity is too small to meet domestic needs. While tariffs may ultimately spur domestic production, the immediate future is likely to be one of price increases.
Increased prices for new installations could provide incentives for end users to opt for repair over installing newer, more efficient systems, or even delaying projects until international relations are more settled.
Joining the forces of growth and trade uncertainty in 2019 are new compliance guidelines from the Department of Energy.
Billed as “largest energy-saving standard in history,” the DOE divided its new standards into two phases, with the first taking effect at the beginning of this year. Phase One focused on energy-efficiency increases in all air conditioning RTUs by 10 percent, effective January 1, 2018. Phase Two, slated for 2023, ups the efficiency increase requirement to 30 percent and includes warm-air furnaces as well.
While new regulations are often thought of as restricting, the DOE projects that “contractors and distributors can expect a 45 percent increase in sales by retrofitting or implementing the new RTUs on commercial buildings.”
That said, it’s a complex change, and geography, climate, and topography will all affect how the new codes are adopted, state to state.
At the same time trade disputes and new regulation buffet the market, technology in the HVAC field continues to advance at a rapid pace. According to an article on the Aeroseal website, there are no fewer than 40 Amazing HVAC Industry Trends. A few of these include:
Advancing technology in HVAC generally provides for cost-savings in energy efficiency and lower lifetime maintenance. The savings are often so significant that a greater upfront cost offers no barrier to investment.
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