Envision it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare 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 arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal 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 enabled 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 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 usage and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it takes place and notify your HVAC 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 needed parts to repair it.
Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade 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 air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and air conditioning systems.”
While February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the future. For the next several weeks 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. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Daytona Beach 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 safe and warm all winter long.