Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the range powers on to prepare dinner. The AC system 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 enter, dinner is made, 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 cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed numerous apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast 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 include 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 utilization and regular maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems may even be able to recognize a possible equipment failure before it happens and notify your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the malfunction and the needed parts to repair it.

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

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will concentrate 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the future. Currently 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 purchase an air conditioner. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call San Antonio Air Service Experts in San Antonio today to schedule a free in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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