Imagine it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the range powers on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a pivotal 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 easier 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 permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact instead of being siloed, and this will create 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 use and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a possible equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with advance knowledge about the issue and the needed parts to repair it.
Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by people in the home and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those rooms.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for many years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to upgrade 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 buy their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and air conditioning systems.”
While right now is an ideal 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. Right now 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. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air in San Antonio today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.