Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled thousands of apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it happens and alert your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with advance knowledge about the problem and the needed 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 guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and air conditioning 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 concentrate on heating and cooling specific areas 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 want their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Currently many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Sunbeam Service Experts in Buffalo today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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