With inflation at a 40-year high, we’re all spending more on heating and air conditioning than we want to. But what if these costs could be reduced through simple logistics?
HVAC — or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning — is a $100 billion industry, but it hasn’t seen many logistical improvements over the past few decades; Supply chain technology is outdated, equipment non-standard, and there was no central database connecting engineers, suppliers, and manufacturers—until now.
Technology company Bluon was originally conceived to develop a novel green refrigerant, and it succeeded. But when they tried to bring the product to market, they met resistance from an industry that in many ways was still in the past. Realizing that technicians could not adapt their product to existing systems due to a lack of technical support, they developed the Bluon app, which has now become their flagship product and a must-have for thousands of independent technicians across the country. Now it brings fresh ideas and creates an unintended but much-needed disruption to the industry.
The Bluon app helps technicians and consumers by cataloging thousands of different HVAC systems and replacement parts in one easily searchable place for the first time. It’s a game changer for engineers who often have to deal with dozens of competing systems in a single day. Chairman and CEO Peter Capuciati says the app “kind of became popular across the industry because everyone wins, right? It makes everything faster, more productive, more efficient.”
The app also connects technicians to local dealers when replacement parts are needed, meaning technicians no longer have to call different dealerships nationwide to locate parts, often at an inflated price. And it connects those technicians to a specialized “help” hotline staffed by experts. It all means that a heating or air conditioning problem that used to take hours to diagnose and fix now takes minutes. “It’s really not complicated to take a unit from a 30% efficiency loss to a 10% loss,” says Capuciati. “They bring the consumer hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands of dollars a year.”
And that doesn’t just benefit the bottom line. These types of efficiencies also have a huge impact on the environment, reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 500 tons per technician per year. And with more than 150,000 technicians now using Bluon – about half of all HVAC technicians in the US – those numbers add up. Crediting the app’s increased support, Capuciati says, “The power of improvement and helping engineers reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions is insanely powerful. We’re getting about five times more value than all electric vehicles sold this year.”