The rage in 2020 and the decade that looms ahead is ‘smart technology’ for the home or simply – a smart home. It is one in which the home comes equipped with devices to control your heating, lighting and electronics remotely with your computer or phone! All of the existing homemaking and house maintenance chores are being taken over by technology that is able to do the task faster, more efficiently and usually for less money. The tread is happening so quickly, it is difficult to stay abreast of what’s out there. Let’s consider a few devices that will help make a happy home this year.
• Smart home security devices. There are few things that will bring a homeowner more comfort than knowing their house is being watched over by the variety of security devices that are now available on the market. This includes everything from automatic door locks to doorbell cameras that allow you to see who is approaching your home and/or standing at your door. Today’s burglars are well aware that this technology is being installed at lightning speeds around the country and most burglars tend to avoid homes with strong security systems.
• Smart home sensors. Many of the operations that keep your home running smoothly are not seen. For example, water drainage, air quality and natural gas are three important tasks that occur ‘behind the scenes’. Their optimum performance is essential to your home and family’s health and welfare. So, it is an excellent idea to purchase and install smart home sensors that will keep you apprised of the ‘inner workings’ of your home.
• Smart home thermostats and energy efficient products. Your home goes through daily ebbs and flows of activity. The morning is usually hyper-busy as children and adults prepare for the day. Then, everyone may leave, and the house sits empty for hours. It is a waste of energy to leave your thermostat and other electrical devices drawing maximum energy when they are not in use. Invest in smart home devices that help keep your residential electric bills lower. After all – can’t you use the money for other things?