Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal 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 easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact opposed to being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to determine a potential equipment failure before it takes place and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for several years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific areas 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they require their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into 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 months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Houston 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.

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