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 cook dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the kind 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 allowed countless 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 focusing 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 heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with advance knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will determine which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send 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 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 cooling systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and modify themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While February is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the coming months. Right now 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 purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in West Chester today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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