Imagine it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out 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 ideal temperature.
That’s the ideal experience! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible 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 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 focusing on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will result in 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 filter changes. Future systems might even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it happens and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the issue and the necessary 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 family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 expect their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”
While February is an ideal 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 offering 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 coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Lauderdale 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 warm and cozy all winter long.