Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the dream! 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 air conditioning system functions as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed countless 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 concentrating on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems might even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it takes place and alert your heating and cooling repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the necessary parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 invest in their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to look into savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Barlow Service Experts in the Wasatch Front region today to schedule a complimentary 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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