Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

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

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they enabled numerous apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to 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 messages to you about energy use and routine maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the issue and the necessary parts to repair it.

Another work in progress 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 guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center 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 air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the coming months. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbia today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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