Home Comfort Trends for 2017 Published on February 08, 2017 Imagine it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the range turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioning system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you arrive home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is ready, and your home is at the perfect temperature. That’s the ideal experience! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s HVAC system functions as part of the team. “Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they allowed 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 centering on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to 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 newer, updated HVAC systems can already send messages to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to determine a likely equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the problem and the necessary parts to repair it. Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will determine which rooms are in use by residents and actually guide heating and cooling specifically to those areas. “Zoned heating and cooling systems have been one of the quickest growing parts of the heating and air conditioning industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Furthermore, systems will center on heating and cooling specific regions of the home 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 air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to track and adapt themselves and to proactively communicate with the homeowner. We also see that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those consequences of their heating and cooling systems.” While right now is the right time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to look into savings that will pay off in the future. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are providing free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you invest in an AC system. Seasonal tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.