Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are packing up your things at work and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you come 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 ideal experience! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential 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 numerous apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that allow 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 air conditioning system work.”

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 identify a potential equipment failure before it happens and send a message to your HVAC repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the issue and the required parts to repair it.

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

“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to improve 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 buy their homes, they want 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 send notifications to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and cooling 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. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Pierre today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you comfortable and safe all winter long.

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