Home Comfort Trends for 2017 Published on February 08, 2017 Picture it: you are gathering up your things at the office and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s extra heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is ready, and your home is at a comfortable temperature. That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is available now and 2017 could be a crucial 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 enabled thousands of apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be centering on more new apps that permit all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus 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 messages to you about energy usage and routine maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems may even be able to recognize a likely equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and arrange 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 decifer which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those regions. “Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the largest 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 regions of the home 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 require their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to observe and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also find that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling 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 invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City 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 warm and cozy all winter long.