Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is made, 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 heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they enabled countless 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 permit 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 heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and regular 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 occurs and send a message to your heating and air conditioning repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the issue and the required 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 family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those regions.

“Zoned heating and air conditioning 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. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to enhance 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 purchase 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 notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling 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 future. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Roanoke today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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