Home Comfort Trends for 2017 Published on February 08, 2017 Envision 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 lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s additional heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the ideal temperature. That’s the dream! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is obtainable now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team. “Smart phones revolutionized our lives in part because they enabled countless apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We forecast that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will create 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 routine 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 takes place and send a message to your heating and air conditioning repair company to call you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will come with prior knowledge about the problem and the necessary parts to repair it. Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will decifer which rooms are in use by people in the home 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. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific rooms or groups of rooms as needed to improve comfort and energy efficiency.” And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and cooling systems. “As millennials invest in their homes, they want 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 see that the millennials and Generation X are much more conscience 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 perfect time to benefit from savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. For the next several weeks 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 Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City 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 safe and warm all winter long.