Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they permitted numerous apps to make our lives less challenging 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 routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to contact you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the necessary parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to 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 February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the future. Currently many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Church Services in Houston today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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