Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are gathering up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature 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 goal! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact opposed to being siloed, and this will result in 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 routine maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive 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 within the home that will determine which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to enhance 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 purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and adapt themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the coming months. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Charlotte today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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