Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate 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 heating and air conditioning system work.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and cooling repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will determine which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will center on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to improve comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February 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 coming months. Right now many Service Experts centers are providing 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 Shreveport today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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