7 ways to enjoy a “smart home”
Whether you’re a techy who can’t get enough of smart-everything or you want to be savvy on your energy usage, having a smart home isn’t just the way of the future, it’ll save you time, energy, and ultimately, money.
The dictionary designates a “smart home” as a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. Many of the smart home devices are controlled via WiFi or Bluetooth and can be monitored and engaged through apps on our phones and tablets.
Here are just some of the clever ways you can upgrade your home to a smart home:
Home Security – Set and monitor your home security system and cameras from afar. Unlike traditional security cameras, you can access footage from the Cloud. Other benefits of smart home security systems include motion detection, audio recording, wide field of view, and high resolution.
Control & Automation – Did you forget to turn off the oven before your road trip and now you’re an hour out of town. No worries! Shut it off with a touch of a button right from your phone. Bright and sunny day but you’re at the office? Draw the drapes so your home comfort system doesn’t have to work so hard.
Heating & Cooling – Not only can you adjust the temperature of your home from you smart phone, you can also set your climate preferences, including factors such as if you prefer it cooler when you go to bed at 10:00 pm, which will save you money over time. Like it cold at night, but find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. Your smart thermostat can adjust the temperature so you stay cool all night but wake to a comfortable temperature to allow you to jump out of bed. Not only that, but you can have it warmer during the day while you’re at work, and slowly have it cool down by the time you’re home from work at 6:00pm.
Yard Care – Your smart home system can program your sprinklers to be on a schedule or you can adjust irrigation based on weather.
Fire Alarm – Smart fire alarms can let you know immediately where the fire is in the house. Therefore, you can get out of harms way safely and quickly. Accidentally set the fire alarm off while trying out that new Pinterest recipe? Silence your alarm from your phone in seconds!
Smart Lights – Set your lights on a schedule so they know when to dim or turn off completely. Stay safe and utilize them to turn on with a motion sensor on your front porch. Many smart lighting systems also come with hues to choose from to enhance your living area. Turn off lights from work and bring those electricity bills down!
Smart Locks – Forget keys! Unlock your door just by being next to it with your phone. There are also number pads and touchscreens some that will accept keys in times of emergency. Meeting running late at town council but your pup needs to go outside? Call a neighbor and unlock the door from your phone. Voila!
By automating things through your smart home, you can have greater control of your energy use. Much of the systems on the market today provide insights into energy use so you can become more mindful of how you and your family uses energy. Let us help you find a smart home along the Grand Strand. Give us a call today at (888) 280-5704.