Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable now and 2017 could be a crucial year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they enabled thousands of apps to make our lives less challenging 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 permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems could even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it happens and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to contact you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with advance knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to enhance 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 monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Alliance today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.