Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are collecting your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable 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 heating and air conditioning 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 predict that in 2017, developers will be centering 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 sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to identify a potential 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 arrive 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 within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the fastest 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 rooms or groups of rooms as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC 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 modify themselves and to proactively communicate with 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 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 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. Heating 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 warm and cozy all winter long.

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