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 counteract the oven’s added heat. When you arrive 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 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 transformed our lives in part because they allowed thousands of 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 concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the malfunction and the required 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 family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling 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 improve 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 HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their HVAC 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. Currently 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. Heating 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 warm and cozy all winter long.