Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range kicks 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 kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 thousands of apps to make our lives simpler 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus 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 notifications to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to recognize a possible equipment failure before it takes place and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to call 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 fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, 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 modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback 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 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 providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy 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 system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.