Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range kicks on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

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

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they allowed thousands of apps to make our lives easier 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 result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it takes place and alert 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 malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by residents and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to upgrade 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 buy their homes, they want their home systems like heating and air conditioning 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 HVAC systems.”

While early 2017 is the right 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. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Cleveland today to schedule a no-charge 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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