Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact instead of being siloed, and this will include breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to identify a possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and cooling repair company to contact you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually direct 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 several years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC 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 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 invest in an AC system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts in Edmonton 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 warm and cozy all winter long.

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