The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition, which was held in January of 2012 in Chicago, was an overwhelming success. It featured over 6,000 booths and 58,000 visitors over three days. In the weeks and months after the AHR Expo, the general consensus seems to be that there were four emerging themes in the world of heating and air conditioning. They included smart technology, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and creating products that are friendlier to the environment. Of the four emerging trends identified at the Chicago AHR Expo, the one that is foremost on many people’s minds is energy efficiency. Some of the products that were demonstrated at the AHR Expo include tankless hot water heaters and stainless steel hot water heaters. Both of these products increase heat output by using fewer natural resources than their predecessors. The reason for the popularity of these items is that they have the ability to heat only certain areas of a home or business if that is what the customer desires. The new hot water heaters play right into people’s desire to have more control over their indoor environments. If one word could be used to describe the mood of the 2012 AHR Expo, it would be sustainability. Home and business owners in Pinellas County, Florida and across the nation are searching for ways to get their products to last longer while spending less to maintain them at the same time. Fortunately, air conditioning and heating companies in Pinellas County are up to the challenge. If you are considering replacing old HVAC equipment for any of the reasons indicated above, contact an air conditioning and heating company in Pinellas County to discuss your options.