Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the stove turns 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 arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled numerous apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it takes place and notify your HVAC repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the issue and the necessary parts to repair it.

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

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will center 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 purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the coming months. Currently 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 coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Longmont today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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