Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s additional 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 goal! And also the type 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 radically changed 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 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 HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy usage and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to contact you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with advance knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.
Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for several years, and that will remain a large 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 cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they want 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 provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”
While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to take advantage of 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 coolest time of the year. Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts in Albany today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.