Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove powers on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal 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 heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they permitted 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to recognize a possible equipment failure before it occurs and alert your HVAC repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the malfunction and the needed 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 regions.
“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 huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus 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 require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences 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 future. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase 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 months of the year. Call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare in London today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.