|With the new year approaching, many are seeking to purchase their first home. Some will go for smart homes. Here are 5 steps to do just that.|
Remember when smart phones seemed too expensive, over the top and unnecessary? It really wasn’t that long ago. In today’s world, though, smart phones have become a staple in our daily lives and communication. Smart homes are going to follow a similar trend. Some people may see them as unnecessary or too high-tech, but in the near future, smart homesare going to take over the entire housing industry.
While home automation probably isn’t considered mainstream, it will be soon. With the latest technological updates and innovations in the home automation industry, it’s a bit surprising that smart homes aren’t more popular. Here are five things that you will need to help keep your house technologically modern:
Any smart home needs to have smart lighting. The Philips Hue is one of the coolest things to go on the market since, well, forever. They are light bulbs that have presets for the various different activities that you encounter throughout the day. The lights will adjust the brightness and color of the room to optimize your reading experience, or they can change to help you sleep. If you took a trip to the rainforest and want your home to match the same shade of green that you experienced there, you can do that, too.
If you claim that you have a new digital smart home, having a smart TV is a necessity. It will easily find shows and movies that you’d like to watch, give you crystal clear picture and it can even tell you when your laundry is done. Smart TVs are the way to go.
This is one of the quintessential parts of building the perfect home automation system. A home automation system will give you the ability to keep your house safe, even if nobody is there. You can keep tabs on your home by pulling up the feed from your surveillance camera on your smart phone, laptop or tablet. If anything goes awry at your place, you’ll be informed via text, email or phone call too.
Controlling your home’s temperature has proven to be a difficult task since you’ve moved in, right? If you leave it on all day, you’re damaging the environment and running up the power bill. If you turn it off, your house will be the wrong temperature when you get home. There is a way around this, though. If you get a smart thermostat, you can change the temperature from your phone. Turn off the air conditioning after you leave, and turn it back on right before your arrival.
When you walk into a room the lights should just turn on, right? If you get automatic lights, they can. They sense motion, which will help save you money on your power bill, and they will turn off while you’re watching TV or movies. If you want, you could get a remote control to the lights so that you can turn them on and off whenever you need to, as opposed to waiting for the timed automated lights.
David Glenn is a home improvement expert. He occasionally freelance writes about home automation and making your home more green.