Wouldn’t it be cool if everything in your home could be automated? Without even thinking about it, your home could adjust the temperature, send you alerts, and even turn lights on and off? Well, actually, this is all possible when you invest in smart home automation.
Even just a couple of decades ago, “smart homes” were something that was really only talked about in sci-fi movies and shows, but now it’s become a reality, and you can take advantage of smart home technology and home automation in your home. Read on to learn more!
What Is a Smart Home?
“Smart Home” is a phrase that’s used interchangeably with “home automation,” because it’s essentially the same thing. A smartphone or mobile device like a tablet… or anything with a connection to your internet… allows you to make adjustments to multiple systems in your home, without even being home. Plus you can pre-program settings for things like your HVAC systems and security lights.
With smart home technology, your automation system will monitor and control things like your entertainments systems, appliances, lighting, and even your alarm system.
What Are the Benefits of a Smart Home?
There are a number of benefits to investing in smart home technology, including:
Complete Control Over Temperature Adjustments
A smart thermostat can “learn” from your heating and cooling preferences within a week’s time, and adjust itself accordingly. You can change settings from anywhere with your phone and an internet connection, and some models even allow you to get reports on how to better use your energy for more efficient living.
Additionally, you don’t have to use a basic morning/afternoon setting… smart thermostats allow you to create settings with as much variety as you would like. Ask us about the Nexia smart thermostat!
As your local HVAC contractor, we’re of course going to tout the HVAC benefits of smart home technology and home automation, but this isn’t the only area you can benefit from!
Nexia enables you to connect to various products throughout your home for a wholly networked experience. This includes connecting to your security system, your lighting, electrical system, door locks, windows, and even your sprinklers!
How Does a Smart Home Impact Efficiency?
Energy efficiency refers to how much energy the various systems in your home are using compared to how much output you’re getting from them. There are a number of factors that can be detrimental to efficiency.
For example, let’s say you leave the home for the day and accidentally leave your air conditioner running all night on a mild day that didn’t need air conditioning at all… this wouldn’t be efficient as you’d be using your air conditioner when you didn’t even need it. This would never happen with a smart thermostat, though, which you can adjust from anywhere.
Forget to turn off your AC? Do it from the road (safely, pulled over, of course). Can’t remember if you turned off those lights in the back room? Do it from work. Use less energy and see your utility bills go down too!