Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the ideal experience! And also the type 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 allowed thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be centering 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 heating and cooling systems 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 determine a likely equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the issue and the needed parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC 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 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 effects of their HVAC systems.”
While February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Currently many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts in Hillsborough today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.