Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you get 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 sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available 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 revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy usage and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the problem and the required parts to repair it.

Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling 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 HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the coming months. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in 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 coldest season of the year. Call Atmostemp Service Experts in Voorhees today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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