Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.
“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they enabled 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 air conditioning system work.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to contact 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 HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling systems.”
While early 2017 is a great 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. Currently 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. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Shreveport today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.