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 oven powers on to make dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down 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 goal! 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 transformed our lives in part because they enabled thousands of 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 focusing on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will include 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 use and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to identify a likely equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and cooling repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the issue and the required parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas as needed to enhance 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 buy their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt 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 consequences of their heating and cooling systems.”

While right now is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to benefit from 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 buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts in Indianapolis today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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