Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

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

“Smart phones radically changed 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 forecast 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 sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy usage and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with advance knowledge about the issue and the necessary parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those regions.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific areas 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 purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also notice 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 perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy 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 McElroy Service Experts in Grand Island today to schedule a complimentary 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.

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