Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they permitted countless apps to make our lives easier 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact instead of 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 alerts to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to identify a potential equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the malfunction and the necessary 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 family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, 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 help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While February is a great 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 purchase 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 coldest months of the year. Call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Sharonville today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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