Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are gathering up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range kicks on to cook 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 walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the goal! 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 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 permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will include 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 use 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 heating and cooling repair company to contact you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.

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

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a huge 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 help drive 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 HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.”

While February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. Currently 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. Heating 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 furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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