Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to cook dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you arrive 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 type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function 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 predict 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 new advanced 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 heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the malfunction 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 people in the home and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas 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 heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While February is the right 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 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 coldest months of the year. Call Knochelmann Service Experts in Sharonville today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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