Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove kicks on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you arrive 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 dream! And also the sort of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable 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 radically changed our lives in part because they permitted thousands of 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 instead of being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to recognize a likely equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the required parts to repair it.
Another work in progress 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 direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 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 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 heating and cooling systems.”
While February is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC in Toronto today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.