Making Smart Home Technology Work for You

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Smart house technology may not be anything new, but the industry is certainly starting to hit its full stride. Smart house technologies, including mobile apps, voice-operated products, and automated appliances have become remarkably more accessible in the last couple of years. With the rising popularity of Amazon Echo and other smart tech management systems, these products are becoming much more practical for everyday use.

Today, we’ll break down the concept of smart house technologies and explain how homeowners can best adopt them. After reading through, you should have some exciting ideas about which which could work for you and your family. Let’s get started!

What are Smart House Technologies?

When many people hear the term, their minds automatically turn to some futuristic image of a house that runs itself (and those living within). While full home automation is one possible outcome, most homeowners adopt the technology in limited parts of their daily lives. There is a device for practically any aspect of your home that you wish to make more efficient or have better control over. That includes security, energy/utility management, and appliance control.

Functions

What Can a Smart Home Do?

In general, smart home technology comes in two categories: automation and smart phone-controlled. Products may fall within on or both categories. For instance, a homeowner could install lights that are programmed to activate when a sensor detects movement. These have been around for over a decade. However, you can also install lights that react to commands from your iPhone, Android, or Pixel to adjust brightness, switch off, etc.

Smart home devices can help you manage just about any aspect of your home, but we offer some specific ideas in the section below.

Benefits

What are the Benefits of a Smart Home?

So what are residents and businesses looking for when they utilize smart home tech? It could be:

  • Better control
  • Efficiencies
  • Security
  • Prestige
  • Property Value

The most obvious (and practical) benefits that people look for from smart technology are efficiency and control. That’s what you want to look for when you are considering installing a new product, whatever brand name is behind it. We’ll get a bit more into the details down below.

As far as property value goes, new home buyers are becoming more and more responsive to smart technology. Just don’t expect all technology to have the same impact on potential buyers. The most value-adding devices are those that help you save money and manage appliances throughout the house.

Costs

How Much Do Smart Homes Cost?

That will depend entirely upon if you decide to piece together the appliances yourself, or if you decide on having a service do it for you. If you have the right skill set, you could set up your own simple smart home without breaking a thousand dollars. Just don’t take on anything too advanced without serious preparation, or you could be making frequent calls for residential tech repair.

Pricing for home automation trends higher. According to Fixr.com, the national average lies between $5000 and $9000. For homeowners trying to keep up with the Jetsons, whole home designer automation could easily run in the tens of thousands (for installation).

Home Technology Ideas

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Not everyone has the desire or the budget to automate every part of their home. Most people like to mix and match different devices based on their personal priorities (security, savings, etc.). There are many devices available on the market, so finding your perfect combination should be (relatively) easy. Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable and useful ways homeowners can adopt smart technology.

Security

Security Enhancement

There are many ways to take advantage of smart home technology, but let’s take a look at some of the most practical. For one, smart tech makes it easier to monitor your own household and upgrade your home security. If you’re looking for peace of mind, installing an indoor cloud camera in the entryway or a doorbell cam is certainly a great place to start! Amazon has a best in class indoor camera that automatically alerts you if it detects suspicious activity. Tie all your devices together with an easy-to-manage phone app, and you can feel confident about your home security whether you’re in bed or abroad.

Energy Savings

Saving Energy

While voice-operated devices may be the most flashy smart home technology, it’s the automatic devices that tend to make the biggest impact. Considering your heating and cooling systems account for almost half of your home’s daily energy usage, a smart thermostat can offer huge savings potential. While Nest has been in the forefront for the last 5 years or so, Ecobee also provides some outstanding products that can sync with your smart home network.

These products observe your family’s usage patterns and adjusts themselves to minimize energy waste. You can easily monitor and manage your HVAC system from your phone, so you can turn on the heater when your mom unexpectedly visits while you’re away.

Appliance Management

For the Forgetful

Have you ever left the house only to remember 15 minutes later that you left the garage door open? With the right technology, you can automate just about any of your major appliances and mechanical systems. These include:

  • The garage door(s)
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Lights (inside & outside)
  • Door locks
  • Window shades

You can either install automating tools piece by piece, or you can pay to have a service do it for you. Even if you aren’t a forgetful person, some of these tools have clear benefits for while you’re away from the house. Here’s to no more wasted return trips to see if you locked the front door! 

Ask for Your Smart Home Estimate!

If you want to learn more about smart technology, our team at Extreme Security would love to help you! We offer services for your home automation in North Little Rock and nearby communities. Give our team a call today at 501-860-6767 and get an estimate for your home!