Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are packing up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled countless apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to identify a likely equipment failure before it happens and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the required parts to repair it.

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

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

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the future. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham 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 comfortable and safe all winter long.

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