Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset 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 a comfortable temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable now and 2017 could be a crucial year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.
“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they permitted 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 centering on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy utilization and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the problem and the necessary parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will center on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to improve comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they expect 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 communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those effects of their HVAC systems.”
While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Donelson Air Service Experts in Nashville today to schedule a no-charge 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.