Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 enabled countless apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We anticipate that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy usage and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to identify a likely equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the problem and the required 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 family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for several 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 improve 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 want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.”

While right now is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. 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 purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Indianapolis 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 warm and cozy all winter long.

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