Picture it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential 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 numerous apps to make our lives less challenging 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 versus being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it takes place and alert 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 needed parts to repair it.
Another feature in the making 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 quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find 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 good time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the future. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase 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 season of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Orlando today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.