With the rate that technology is advancing, it’s exciting to think about how everyday life will be different in the near future. One thing that comes to mind is the future of home comfort systems. The simultaneous advancements of information technology and green technology all but assure that change is on the way for heating and cooling.
Sometimes I’ll sit and think about how my future home will operate. Here’s what I see when I picture my future home:
1) Geothermal Heating and Cooling System: This is not a futuristic heating and cooling option. In fact, it’s been around for decades. As technology advances, installing these systems will become more and more affordable. (Check out this blog post to see how geothermal systems are actually already affordable). Anyway, my futuristic home will be kept at a comfortable temperature using the constant temperature below the earth’s surface thanks to my geothermal system.
2) Control of my home’s temperature from my mobile phone: I don’t have an iPhone, but I’m picturing an iPhone app that links to my thermostat. I’d pull up on my phone as I’m heading home from the office. It’s the summertime, and to save energy, my cooling system had been off all day while nobody was home. From my phone, I start cooling my house knowing that I’ll be home in a few minutes. In fact, this technology also exists already, but it will become much more widespread as the technology advances.
3) 3-D Visualizations of my home’s duct work and seals: I’d love to be able to pull up a reading on my computer that shows me the exact location of any air leaks in my duct work or in the sealing of my windows and doors. Leaks such as these are a big source of energy inefficiency, and it would be great to be able to pinpoint leaks with ease.
Widespread use of these technologies is not far away. If you’re interested in learning more about these technologies or would like to hear about other energy saving products available now, give us a call at (866) 382-5878.
What heating and cooling advances do you envision for the future? Please share in the comments.