Imagine it: you are packing up your things at your office 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 balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled numerous 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 centering on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will result in 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 filter changes. Future systems could even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your HVAC repair company to contact you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with advance knowledge about the issue and the needed parts to repair it.
Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will determine which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive 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 heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling 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. Currently many Service Experts centers are providing 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 Air Engineers Service Experts in Jacksonville today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.