Picture it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range powers on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and adjusts the temperature down 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 made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible 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 transformed 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 focusing on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus 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 air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the necessary parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within 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 quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to improve 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 buy 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 send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling 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 coolest time of the year. Call Niagara Home Services by Enercare 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.