Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to make dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s additional heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the sort 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 enabled thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will result in breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”
Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send alerts to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as when it’s time to change the air filter. Future systems could even be able to identify a likely equipment failure before it occurs and send a message to your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with prior knowledge about the issue and the needed parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for many years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to improve 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 monitor and modify themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”
While early 2017 is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Currently many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare in Oakville today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.