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 oven turns on to prepare dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you come in the door, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature. That’s the dream! 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 heating and air conditioning system functions as part of the team. “Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they permitted thousands of apps to make our lives easier and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that allow all your home’s systems and appliances to interact versus being siloed, and this will include 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 usage and routine maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems could even be able to diagnose a likely equipment failure before it happens and send a message to your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with advance knowledge about the issue 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 people in the home and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas. “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 large opportunity,” said Haines. “Also, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to improve comfort and energy efficiency.” And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are helping to drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient HVAC systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience about energy efficiency and those effects of their HVAC systems.” While February is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you purchase a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Toronto today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.