Envision it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the kind 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior 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 decifer which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, 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 helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling systems.”
While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks 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. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Pardee Service Experts in Charleston today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.