Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is made, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! 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 heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed countless apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy utilization and routine maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and air conditioning repair company to call 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 feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the HVAC industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they expect 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 sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While right now 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 future. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in 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 season of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Livermore today to schedule a no-charge 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.

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