Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s additional heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 radically changed our lives in part because they enabled numerous 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 concentrating on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a likely equipment failure before it happens and alert your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the required 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 people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“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 huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific areas 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 air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While right now is a great 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 future. 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 purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Myers today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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