Envision it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature.
That’s the goal! 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 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 predict that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that allow 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 HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy usage and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it occurs and alert your HVAC repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the necessary parts to repair it.
Another work in progress 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 areas.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the HVAC industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their HVAC systems.”
While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gaithersburg today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.