Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you come 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 sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a crucial 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 allowed numerous apps to make our lives less challenging 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 permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it takes place and alert your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the required 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 areas.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to upgrade 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 invest in their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While right now is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. Right now 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 buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts in Fort Wayne today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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