FROM THE DESK OF DAVID BERNETT NEMIC Administrator
Drones an emerging tool for HVAC
According to “ACHR News,” drones are showing great potential in HVAC-specific capacities. Perhaps their most significant HVACR application lies in their ability to inspect rooftop units. Using a drone allows a technician to gather any pertinent visual information before ascending to the top of a building. Additionally, drones can capture film of technicians and contractors in action, be used for promotional reasons, and provide an eye in the sky to observe numerous other actions that have yet to be considered or explored.
Currently viewed as a relatively unknown job site asset, it’s quite possible that drones may soon become commonplace for commercial HVAC technicians nationwide. The FAA expects roughly 600,000 drones to be used commercially within a year, and that number will dramatically jump to 2.7 million by 2020.
The future looks bright for drones. According to recent reports by consulting firm PWC, the drone industry could be worth as much as $127 billion by 2020. It will be interesting to see if interest in the technology from the HVAC industry takes flight.