Home Comfort Trends for 2017 Published on February 08, 2017 Envision it: you are packing up your things at your office and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to cook dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature. That’s the ideal experience! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential 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 numerous 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 create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and air conditioning system work.” Smart thermostats and new advanced HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy utilization and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems might even be able to diagnose a likely equipment failure before it occurs and alert your heating and cooling repair company to call you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with prior knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it. Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions. “Zoned HVAC systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for several years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will center on heating and cooling specific areas 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 heating and cooling systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they expect 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 see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their HVAC systems.” While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to benefit from 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 buy an air conditioning system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Provo today to schedule a complimentary in-home estimate or to set up a furnace tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.