Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is made, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the dream! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is available 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 radically changed our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the problem 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 people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling systems.”
While right now is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the coming months. For the next several weeks 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. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call BW/Cook Service Experts in Elkhart today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.