Smart Homes: High Tech Living for Today’s World

Imagine living where technology puts control of practically everything in your home right at your fingertips. A touch of a button lets you wake to your favorite music before signaling the blinds to open and let in the sun before you even get out of bed.

Another push of a button tells your shower to turn on at a preselected temperature—not too hot or cold, but just right. Now imagine, a swipe of a computer screen then starts your morning coffee brewing before you finish getting dressed for the day.

With Smart Home Technology you can control your lighting, thermostat, garage doors, and even your music from your smart phone, tablet or watch.

With smart home technology you can control your lighting, thermostat, garage doors, and even your music from your smart phone, tablet or watch.

As you leave the house to head off for work, the lights, thermostat, and home security system can all be controlled by a touch of a button on your computer, phone, or even your watch. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, doesn’t it? It must be a future world dreamt up by a fantasy writer. Surprisingly enough, all this is possible now with the help of a little smart home technology.

The Smart Way to Warm and Cool your House

Even if you are hesitant to give your entire home push-button control, a great place to start is by updating your energy management system to smart technology by installing a new thermostat. The latest generation of smart thermostats are simple to install, easy to use, and help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.

Smart thermostats are an easy way to introduce smart technology into your home. They are easy to install, simple to use, and will help save you money on your energy bill.

Smart thermostats are an easy way to introduce smart technology into your home. They are easy to install, simple to use, and will help save you money on your energy bill.

With a smart thermostat you can schedule the comfort settings for various rooms of your house for up to seven days, making it easy to customize the temperature of your home during vacation or while you are at work so you are only heating or cooling the rooms you want when you want. Smart thermostats let you not only control your home’s environmental systems from the unit itself, but also from your computer, tablet, or smartphone to give you complete control anytime and from anywhere. Some models such as the Ecobee are even compatible with the Apple Home Kit for easy access via your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple watch.

Besides using intuitive touch screen technology, these thermostats let you easily monitor and control the temperature of every room of your house for optimal energy efficiency. You can raise or lower the temperature settings of each room as needed so you are not wasting energy heating or cooling unoccupied rooms. You get the freedom to monitor and adjust settings even while away from home, so you are always in control. With a variety of models and options to select from, you can find a smart thermostat to fit every budget and need.

Live smarter and safer

Home surveillance is another way smart technology can improve the way you live. Automated door locks, garage door openers, video cameras, exterior lighting, and home security systems can all be controlled with smart home technology. Once only a draw for the tech-savvy or wealthy, smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular and more affordable.

Adding automated door locks, garage door openers, video cameras, and home security systems that can be controlled with smart home technology can improve the way you live.

Adding automated door locks, garage door openers, video cameras, and home security systems that can be controlled with smart home technology can improve the way you live.

Home security systems include such items as outdoor lights with motion-activated sensors, outdoor surveillance cameras, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and alarm systems with door sensors, motion sensors, indoor surveillance cameras, and garage door controls. Your system can be basic or more elaborate with pricing varying based on the types and numbers of devices used.

These products add to the convenience, safety, and security of our homes. Who would want to go back to manually lifting our garage door when we can do it remotely from the comfort of our cars? Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors alert us to the presence of smoke and dangerous gases, allowing us to safely escape potentially harmful situations. Surveillance cameras and security alarms help protect our homes from burglary and intruders, giving us peace of mind.

When planning a system, consider what kinds of components are required. Choose systems that are user friendly or intuitive for those who will be operating the system. People have different comfort levels when it comes to computer-driven technology. Look for systems that easily allow you to make changes to the interface from programing to future updates. Select systems that fulfill your individual needs. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest tool to be effective. Consider products that are compatible with technology you already use such as your tablet, computer, or smartphone. Remember, you can always start simple by installing motion-sensor lights and add more items such as an alarm system and security cameras later as time and budgets allow.

By implementing a few simple items, you can create a solid foundation for your smart home which can get even smarter over time. With computerized smart home technology, you get complete push-button control over all the climate control, security systems, and electronic devices in your house, adding convenience, energy-savings, and peace of mind to your life. Now that’s living smart.

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Advice & Ideas Riverbend Home 2017 2017-04-27
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