In today’s world, it seems as if almost everything is automated, even some fast food services. Technology has taken us to places we might never have thought possible even just 10 years ago. Driverless cars, simply pressing a button on your phone to make a purchase, and devices that give us instant feedback on our physical health are all realities in our world today.
Many of these technologies now apply to the homes we live in. People are adding smart technology systems to their current homes and home builders are creating dwellings with these features built right in. All designed to make our lives easier these features can easily navigate many of of the functions of a house in a seamless way.
But what exactly do these features accomplish and how do you know if any or all of them are right for you? If you’re considering taking the steps toward a smart home these are some of the things you can expect, how they work, and how they can take your home from a regular house to a high tech habitat.
Regulating the temperature with a thermostat in your home might keep you comfortable when it’s too hot or cold outside but the energy required to make those temperature changes isn’t free. In fact, depending on where you live your home’s electric or gas bill could be one of you biggest monthly expenses.
When integrated as part of home automation, smart thermostats are pretty incredible devices. Most models are Wi-Fi enabled so you can control it from your phone, personal preferences can be preset, the thermostats sense when people are in the home and even in a specific room and adjust the temperature accordingly, and even react to the weather outside. Since they keep your home’s temperature so highly regulated you can expect to save up to 20 percent on your home’s energy bill.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes and traditional alarm systems don’t always provide the features people want. But, of course, there’s now a smart security choice that features options you might have only seen in movies. From high-tech motion sensors and cameras to glass shatter sensors and more, if you want to add better security features to your home now is the time.
As with most smart home features your new security system can be monitored from your phone, whether you’re in the house or not. A simple twist of your front door knob can send you an alert which shows you the image from your security camera. It’s all easy, it’s all automated, and you have the option to literally turn your home into a fortress with a few taps on your phone.
If having a smart home isn’t enough, you have the option to install smart appliances as well. Refrigerators now come Wi-Fi enabled, feature touchscreens with interesting apps, and even interior cameras so when you’re at the store you can use your phone to see what’s in the fridge and what’s not.
Stoves have gone high tech as well. Many come with touchscreens pre-loaded with thousands of recipes, allow you to control the features from your phone so nothing ever burns again, and you’ll always be able to use your phone to check if you left the stove on or not. It might not make you a perfect chef but these stoves can get you pretty close.
These smart features even extend to washers and dryers. With touchscreens that allow you to select from a number of features like settings for specific types of stains and phone alerts to let you know your washing is done these high tech washers and dryers almost make doing laundry fun.
Many studies have shown that home buyers are almost as interested in the smart features of a house as they are location and price. This is no surprise given the fact that so many other aspects of our lives are automated so why shouldn’t we have that luxury in our homes? So if you’re in the market for a new home or want to add these features to the one you already have why not? In fact, you can probably start right now with just a few swipes on your phone.