Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the range powers on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, 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 enabled thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will include 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 air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it happens 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 determine which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, 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 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 modify 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 heating and cooling systems.”
While right now is a great 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. Currently many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months 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 system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.