Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 transformed our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives easier 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 versus being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the malfunction and the required 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 send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences 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 coming months. Right now many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase 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 coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ravenna today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.