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Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are gathering up your things at the office 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 added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, 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 obtainable 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 transformed our lives in part because they enabled countless 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 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 heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and newer, updated HVAC systems can already send notifications 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 happens 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 come with advance 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 heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a large opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and adjust themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and cooling systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Currently many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you buy a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Oakville today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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