Imagine it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the range powers on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible 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 transformed our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact instead of 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 alerts to you about energy utilization and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with advance knowledge about the malfunction and the required parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will determine which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will focus 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 heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those effects of their HVAC systems.”
While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in the Niagara Region today to schedule a no-charge 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.