Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they permitted countless apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it happens and alert your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.
Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will determine which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for several years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”
While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the future. Currently many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Comfort Masters Service Experts in Wheeling today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.