Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature 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 made, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they allowed countless 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 centering 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 new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the issue and the needed parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate 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 HVAC systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.”

While right now 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 future. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in 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 Teays Valley Service Experts in Hurricane 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 comfortable and safe all winter long.

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