How to Turn Your Home “Smart”

How to Turn Your Home “Smart”

The following contribution is from another author.

Why have a smart home? It’s not just a matter of wanting cool technology all around you. A smart home can actually be a smart choice, saving you money by being more energy efficient and saving you time by keeping track of a lot of things for you. If you think these innovations in buildings are just a trend, think again. Increasingly, new homes and buildings are future proofed to allow for even smarter technology in the future. However, you can convert a home of any age, and below are some tips for doing it.

Cost

Although a smart home can save you money in the long run, you will need to pay some upfront costs. If you do not have enough in savings, you might want to consider taking out a personal loan to finance it. You can find out about loan options and get matched quickly, often in under a minute. Be sure to read over your options carefully so that you understand the terms of the agreement and the payment plan. This is generally a better option than using your credit card since those interest rates can be very high. This way you have a plan to pay off instead of the crushing burden of credit card debt.

Greater Efficiency

First, you might want to focus on innovations that increase energy efficiency and save you money. These include temperature controls and lighting controls but can extend to devices such as sprinklers that determine whether your lawn needs to be watered and how much. Temperature devices can be set to adjust temperature based on whether or not people are in a room. You can also control it from afar, heating or cooling the home before you get there without having to leave the heat or air conditioning on all day. Lighting can operate in a similar manner, relieving you from ever leaving lights on accidentally. There are many other devices you may want to consider, such as one that will turn off your water if a pipe burst and you are not home. Finally, there are smart plugs, a very basic but useful device that allows you turn off the flow of electricity from unused devices, saving money.

Better Convenience

Smart homes can also save you time and make many things more convenient. Voice controls might be the most convenient of all, allowing you to adjust lights and music, turn alarms on and off, choose a movie to watch and much more. As for other kinds of technology, innovations are ongoing and give you the ability to do everything from cleaning your house with robots to keeping your refrigerator stocked and more. That efficient lighting you installed can also change color, allowing you to quickly shift the mood.

Security

With a door lock that allows you to enter a code or simply use your fingerprint, you will never have to worry about losing your keys again. Indoor and outdoor security cameras can make your home safer than traditional cameras, with greater performance and efficiency. Some doorbells have the ability to recognize and announce your visitors.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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