A popular trend in every housing market is the shift towards “Smart Homes”. Basically, it’s giving your home a brain by improving its automation and remote control abilities. One of the keys to making your home “smart” is being able to manipulate switches, outlets and appliances remotely. Many home automation programs can even allow you to process a suite of commands – such as turning off all the lights in your home – with one command.
While some smart home innovations require special wiring and devices that must be installed during the initial home building phase, there are many more items that can be installed in an existing home structure.
Getting started in home automation
There are several simple ways to get started in home automation:
Programmable thermostat: The easiest way to automate your home – and save money – is by purchasing a programmable thermostat. There are now thermostats available that connect to the internet through your wi-fi, so that you can update the temperature in your home remotely via an app.
Smart appliances: Purchasing smart appliances can make many experiences in your home much more convenient and fun. There are smart versions now available of ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers and more. Just imagine, you can start preheating your oven on the way home or be notified that your laundry is ready by a buzz of your phone rather than a loud beep from the unit itself.
Smart light switches: Rather than having your entire home rewired, it’s much easier to switch out a simple light switch. With a smart light switch, you can schedule your lighting any way you want, whether you want certain lights to come on at sunrise or sunset, or simply turn on a light in another room from the couch with your smartphone.
Smart smoke alarms: Wouldn’t it be great to know that your smoke alarm is going off when you’re away from your home? With a smart smoke detector, you can keep tabs on your home, whether you’re inside or outside. Plus, many smart smoke alarms provide information, not just alarms, so that you can respond accurately.
Smart door locks: Securing your home is important. With a smart door lock, you can give out digital keys to your friends and family, and manage how long they’ll have access, what days, or even between what hours. Some locks include a built-in camera that takes a photo of the people who activate the lock, which adds extra security.
No matter what type of home automation you choose to implement, it will definitely add to the “wow” factor and resale value when you go to sell your home. Consider getting started in converting your property to a Smart Home today.