Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to make dinner. The air conditioning 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 the perfect 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 allowed thousands of apps to make our lives simpler 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances 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 use and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to recognize a possible equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the necessary parts to repair it.
Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“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 concentrate 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 buy their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor 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 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 look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months 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 furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.