The digital age has officially taken over our lives and our homes are no exception. Everyone wants to have the latest and greatest home technology and if you are buying or selling a home, these are the kinds of updates that can make or break a contract. Your home is your space and it is important that you are able to unwind and maximize your home’s potential. Transitioning your space into a smart home does not have to be costly, or time-consuming, and you definitely do not need to be a tech genius. All you need are a few software and hardware pieces around your home to make the switch. Smart home technology is any home tech gear that makes your space more comfortable, more convenient or more secure. Here are a few suggestions I have to help make your space a smart home:
A smart home must have at least three of the following:
- Lighting– Smart light bulbs, lighting systems Imagine being able to turn the lights off with one word. A more advanced version of the “clap on, clap off” lights, smart light bulbs and lighting systems can be set to a schedule to turn off and on automatically, through your smartphone or even verbally. Smart lights are also brighter and more energy efficient.
- Safety– Smart fire/carbon monoxide detectors, nightlights Having the ultimate peace of mind when you are home (and even when you are gone) is essential to enjoying your space. Smart fire and carbon monoxide detectors will immediately alert you, via smartphone, and the authorities if CO2 levels rise in your home or if smoke is detected. You can also say goodbye to chirping fire alarms when the battery gets low! Smart safety systems check themselves and have longer lasting batteries. Installing smart safety technology around the home is not just about having a cool, state-of-the-art system, it is simply just smart living.
- Heating/Cooling– Smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents Smart heating and cooling systems operate much more dynamically than traditional systems. The vents and fans use motion and proximity sensors to detect which rooms are in use, residents set room-by-room target temperatures, and motorized vents automatically open and close to redirect air as needed. These advancements can also mean major savings on your energy bill, so you can avoid the “go put on a sweater”conversation this winter.
- Outdoors– Smart plant sensors, smart watering systems With summer coming up, you will want your yard looking its best. Whether it be a sensored pot that can climate control your plants or a wifi irrigation system, smart landscaping systems take the guessing out of gardening. Control your sprinkler system from your smartphone so you don’t overwater after a big storm, or you can have the system run a little longer when the kiddos want to run through the sprinklers on a hot summer day.
- Security**– Smart locks, networked security cameras Perhaps one of the most vital smart home technology pieces is a smart security system that will keep your loved ones and your home safe and sound. Install smart locks on your exterior doors that lock automatically so you never have to run back to the house to check. Motion detecting smart cameras will illuminate a space if activity is detected and can automatically send live footage to your smartphone or device. Smart security systems make it so that you never have to worry about what is going “bump” in the night ever again.
- Temperature**– Smart thermostats, smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents Another essential smart home feature, smart thermostats can adapt to your unique home environment and your personal preferences. Smart thermostats are all about efficiency and convenience and smart heating and cooling systems operate much more dynamically than traditional systems. The vents and fans use motion and proximity sensors to detect which rooms are in use, residents set room-by-room target temperatures, and motorized vents automatically open and close to redirect air as needed. These advancements can also mean major savings on your energy bill, so you can avoid the “go put on a sweater”conversation this winter.
**In order for a home to be considered a “smart home” it must have either a security or temperature component.