Smart Homes – Understanding Your Options
Technology is changing daily. From cell phones, vacuums to watches, an increasing number of devices are connecting to the Internet. In our homes, “smart” devices are used to increase comfort and security while simplifying maintenance and control.
Homebuyers today have several options to consider when it comes to smart technology. While these options may seem confusing, their availability isn’t likely to change and more products will be added to increase smart technology. In fact, current statistics show the smart home market will reach 40 billion USD in the U.S. by the year 2020.
Although the list of potential options continues to grow, there are a few things homebuyers should look for when shopping for a new home.
One of the older technologies, smart lighting systems have been shown to increase safety and security, improve mood, and save homeowners a significant amount of money on electric bills. Smart lighting systems are easy to use and provide instant benefits. A lighting control system is a direct retrofit, meaning no additional wiring is required.
Heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s total energy costs. Smart thermostats make it possible for homeowners to control the temperature of their home from any device that connects to the Internet. Smart thermostats reduce energy costs and increase the overall comfort of the home.
Traditional security systems react to issues detected in and around the home. Smart security systems alert homeowners of potential problems before they occur, allowing issues to be addressed before they escalate. In addition to detecting possible intruders, a smart security system can send an alert directly to a smartphone or other device if children attempt to leave the home. This increases peace of mind and ensures the safety and security of people and property.
While several options exist, these features are only as good as the network behind them. Home buyers should consider builders that install a commercial grade of wiring, such as CAT6 or CAT7 or fiber optic cables. Many older homes only have consumer grade cable or insufficient wiring to convert to a smart home. These are questions that should be asked before purchasing a home.
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