Imagine it: you are packing up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a crucial year for advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they permitted 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 permit 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 heating and air conditioning system work.”
Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and arrange 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 feature in the making 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 direct heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will center 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt 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 heating and air conditioning systems.”
While February is the right 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 offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Becht/Givens Service Experts in Louisville today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.