Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are packing up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is made, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.

That’s the ideal experience! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a pivotal 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 enabled thousands of apps to make our lives less challenging 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 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 HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a potential equipment failure before it takes place and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the malfunction and the required parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing within the home that will conclude 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 quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, 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 driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they require their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While early 2017 is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hilton Head Island today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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