Envision it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 allowed 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 centering on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact opposed to being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your HVAC repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem 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 family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust 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 air conditioning systems.”
While February is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the coming months. Currently 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. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts in Albany today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.