Updating Your Home with Smart Technology

If you are looking to make updates and upgrades to your home, consider the benefits of adding smart technology. "Smart House" technology is simply making aspects of your house, such as security, lighting, and thermostats, controllable via a mobile device. For those of you who are looking at selling your home soon, smart technology makes your home more attractive to younger home buyers. Even if you don't plan on going anywhere for awhile, smart updates often add convenience, are energy efficient, and they can even save you money. We have listed some of the most popular smart technology to add to your home.

 

Smoke Detectors

Having a smart smoke detector can save your life. Replacing your standard smoke detector with an internet connected one such as this well-reviewed model from Nest Protect means that you receive notifications when your alarm is going off, even when you're away from home. You also can silence the alarm from your phone if you accidentally set it off while cooking, and you don't have to remember to re-enable it like you do with a standard detector. The internet-connected alarms also alert you when the battery needs replaced.

 

Climate Control

Installing a smart thermostat is one of the best ways to save money and energy in your home. One study found that users saved between 10 and 15 percent on their heating and air conditioning bills with a smart thermostat. While programmable thermostats are nothing new, having one that you can control from anywhere can be convenient, plus these are often much easier to use than older programmable styles. With a smart thermostat, just enter in the temperature you want your house to be, and there you go. Some are able to sense whether or not you are home and adjust the temperature accordingly.

 

Security

From smart door locks to entire security systems, smart security is an excellent way to keep your home and family safer. Smart door locks allow you to open your door with your smartphone, and you can even let someone into your home when you aren't there, such as if your child or spouse lost their key. Some models allow you to program your locks to allow certain people in, and other models recognize when you are at the door and will automatically unlock.

 

Security systems can alert you when there is someone on your property or trying to enter your home. Whether you have motion sensors or cameras, when something triggers the sensors or camera, you receive notification, and you can contact authorities with the information. If you have a camera, you can access it and see what is happening at home while you are away.

 

Lighting

Smart lighting is a great way to save energy and money on your electric bill. If you forget to turn off lights, you can turn them off from your smartphone or tablet. Some varieties of smart lighting can sense when you are in or out of a room and turn the lights on or off accordingly. Others have programmable dimming and brightening functions that you can set to what works best for your needs. With lighting costing over 10 percent of your electric bill, smart lighting can end up saving you quite a bit of money.