Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! 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 radically changed our lives in part because they permitted numerous apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be concentrating 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 air conditioning system work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and routine maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a likely equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While right now is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. For the next several weeks 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 coolest time of the year. Call Midway Services in Clearwater today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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