Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, 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 available 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled 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 focusing on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your HVAC repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the malfunction and the necessary parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing inside 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 air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While right now is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call A-PLUS Service Experts in Waldorf today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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