Picture it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to prepare dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 transformed 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 allow 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 HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer 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 might even be able to recognize a possible equipment failure before it happens and notify your HVAC 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 necessary parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned HVAC 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 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 send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”
While February is a great 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. 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 invest in an AC system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Stevenson Service Experts 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.