Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a crucial year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed 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 concentrating on more new apps that permit 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 heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy utilization and standard maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it occurs and alert your HVAC repair company to call you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will come with the knowledge about the problem 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 residents and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the fastest 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 regions of the home 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 HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adapt themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While right now is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the coming months. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in 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 Komfort Air in Charlotte today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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