Picture it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the goal! 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 heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.
“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they permitted 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 centering on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it occurs and alert 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 issue 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 conclude which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require 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 see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and air conditioning systems.”
While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to benefit from 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 purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call TML Service Experts in Boise today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.