Picture it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect 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 HVAC system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they permitted 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 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 alerts to you about energy usage 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 happens and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to contact you and schedule 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 inside the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“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 heating and cooling 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 effects of their HVAC systems.”
While right now is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the coming months. 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 months 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 warm and cozy all winter long.