The term “Smart Home” is used with increasing popularity in recent years -- but what does it really mean to have a smart home?
If your phone can be used to control devices in your home remotely (also called home automation or domotics) you may already be utilizing smart home features. From your phone it is now possible to control security and entertainment systems, thermostats, lighting, and more. Imagine controlling all of your home devices from one place!
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What Is a Smart Home?
According to SafeWise, “The term home automation may be used for isolated programmable devices, like thermostats and sprinkler systems, but home automation more accurately describes homes in which nearly everything — lights, appliances, electrical outlets, and heating and cooling systems — are hooked up to a remotely-controllable network.”
Smart homes also operate well, from a home security perspective. You can successfully manage your alarm system when it comes to doors, windows, and locks. You can also manage and get status updates about your smoke detectors, your home surveillance system, and any other sorts of sensors linked to your system/device.
Benefits of utilizing smart home technology include increased energy efficiency by having more concise control over your heating and cooling, as well as the ability to maximize home security through monitoring systems right in your hand.
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Smart Home Gadgets
Smart home gadgets can run the gamut from connected security panels and thermostats to entertainment devices. Home security systems and security cameras are among the most desired smart tech features to consider. Incorporating a little smart technology in your home renovation budget can go a long way when selling your home and entice potential buyers. Brands that are driving this growing home automation market are household names you likely already know. Those topping the list are Apple and Google.
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Hire a Professional
Though many smart devices are easy to install, some require a certain level of know-how and skill for installation. For example, old deadbolts have to come out to make way for smart locks.
While some smart home technology companies offer packages for installation, hiring a professional to install electrical switches, outlets, and fixtures can be an alternative for a nominal investment. Be wise when deciding between doing it yourself or hiring a professional.
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The Most Bang for Your Buck
Being strategic about which smart home technology you invest in, may pay off when you’re trying to sell your home. In fact, there are four smart home tech options to consider that may increase ROI. A Smart Hub, which allows you to control all your gadgets from one place, offers a streamlined automation home system in which users now have control over lighting, home appliances, home thermostats, entertainment systems, not to mention any additional smart device — all from the palm of their hands!
Adding a smart home security feature is another way to up the value of your home, and there’s a lot to consider, from camera monitoring systems (video doorbells) to motion detectors.
Systems that regulate your home’s heating and cooling can also help with utility costs — imagine being able to regulate your AC while you’re out. Replacing outdated appliances and lighting is another way home automation will save you money in the long run.
Home automation improvements can do a great deal more than simply streamlining technology for the sake of convenience. Implementing smart home and home automation improvements can save you money, improve the value of your home, and change your day-to-day living in an immensely positive way.
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