Envision it: you are collecting your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range kicks on to prepare dinner. The AC system is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract 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 goal! 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 HVAC system functions as part of the team.
“Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled 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 opposed to being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy usage and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems may even be able to determine a potential equipment failure before it happens and notify your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with advance knowledge about the malfunction and the required parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision 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 rooms.
“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 huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms 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 cooling systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want 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 notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”
While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy 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 months of the year. Call A1 Chesney Service Experts in Calgary today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.