Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they enabled countless apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances 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 standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to recognize a likely equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with advance knowledge about the issue and the required parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. Right now many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Westminster today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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