Save Time and Money with These Smart Home Technology Products
Anyone who owns a home has plenty of tasks to handle in a single day. Some are fairly simple, such as turning on the TV, adjusting the thermostat, and turning lights on or off when necessary. However, all these “easy” tasks can add up. Wouldn’t it be nice if your home could handle many of them for you?
That’s not a sci-fi dream. Recent tech innovations have resulted in smart homes that seemingly offer greater convenience than any house that’s come before. Nowadays, you can even control many of your household services and settings thanks to products from iOS and Android mobile app developers. Now you can lock your door, set an alarm, or DVR your favorite show all from your mobile device. As the following examples illustrate, the future may be a lot closer than you realize.
Smart HVAC Systems
Upgrading your HVAC system with smart technology is an easy way to begin adopting this tech on a larger scale. With smart thermostats, you can adjust the temperature remotely via a mobile app, integrate the thermostat with a voice assistant, and even enjoy the benefits of a thermostat that “learns” to adjust itself automatically according to your routine.
That’s just one component of a smart home’s HVAC system. You can also include such features as sensor-driven ventilation and air supply to boost your air quality and efficiency. This will also increase the value of your home if you plan on selling it in the future.
It’s also possible to upgrade your plumbing with smart tech. For instance, few people like getting out of bed in the morning in the cold to turn on the shower when they could be spending a few more minutes warm in bed. That experience becomes a thing of the past with remote controls that allow users to turn on the shower and set water to their preferred temperature.
You can also use smart plumbing tech to conserve water and save money. With an on command pump, cold water that’s typically wasted when it flows down the drain is instead directed back to your water heater.
Smart leak detectors also help you avoid water damage and high plumbing bills, as they alert homeowners as soon as a leak is detected. Unlike older leak detectors, these can even alert homeowners remotely if they are away from the house. Install one in your home, and you’ll never have to worry about mysteriously steep water bills or returning from vacation to find your place flooded.
Want to protect your home as thoroughly as possible? If so, make the switch to a smart security system. These do a lot more than simply turn on a few outside lights at a predetermined time. When the sun goes down, a smart home security system can automatically give potential intruders the impression that someone is in the house by turning on lamps, lowering shutters, and even playing recordings of dogs barking. Of course, these systems also let you monitor your security cameras remotely.
This isn’t just about preventing crimes. For instance, perhaps you’ve also installed a smart home access system. Maybe a delivery driver arrives at your house when you’re not there to drop off a package. Your system will alert you via an app, you can check the camera to see who is at the door, and you can unlock it for them via your mobile phone if necessary.
Does that sound like science-fiction? A few years ago, it may have been. That’s no longer the case. Thanks to smart technology, owning a home has never been easier.
Guest Contributor - Rae Steinbach
Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course."
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