Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s additional 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 goal! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict 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 usage and regular 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 heating and cooling 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 required 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 family and guests and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned HVAC 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 expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify 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 future. Currently many Service Experts centers are giving 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 Midland Air Service Experts in Columbia today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.