Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

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

“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they enabled countless 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 concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact opposed to being siloed, and this will create 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 usage and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it happens and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior 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 determine which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, 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 are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling 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 observe and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is the right 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 giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in 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 coldest months of the year. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts in West Chester today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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