Picture it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is available 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they permitted numerous apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact instead of being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it happens and notify your HVAC repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the issue and the required parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, 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 help 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 cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.”
While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the future. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbus today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.