Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the ideal experience! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible 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 permitted 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 centering on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your HVAC repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with advance knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will determine which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will center on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track 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 consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”
While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the future. Currently many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy 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 coolest time of the year. Call D&K Home Services by Enercare in Belleville 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 comfortable and safe all winter long.