Home Comfort Trends for 2017 Published on February 08, 2017 Picture it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven turns on to make 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 a comfortable temperature. That’s the dream! And also the type 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 easier 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 let all of your home’s systems and appliances 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 possible equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and cooling repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with advance 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 heating and cooling 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. “Increasingly, 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 help 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 heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience 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 buy 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 Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ogden today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.