Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks 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 arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect 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 radically changed our lives in part because they permitted numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus 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 messages to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems could even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and air conditioning repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the issue 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 residents and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.

“Zoned HVAC 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 concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms 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 heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. Currently many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating in La Porte today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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