There are many things to love about smart homes. For one, it can be a lot of fun to show off all of the things your system can do to friends. Plus, if you’re really into technology and “gadgets,” you might love the idea of upgrading your home with all of the greatest features.
But what exactly is a Smart Home?
It is a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by smartphone or computer. That is as simple as it is.
However, turning your home into a smart home can have greater advantages beyond cool ‘gadgets’ and showing off.
It can be a good way to boost the value of your home plus save you money. Many people are hesitant about upgrading their homes because they are worried about the cost. The GOOD NEWS is it can save you cash in the long run if you consider the following.
Automate Lights and Electronics
Even though it might not seem like it wastes a lot of energy to leave a light or tv on when you aren’t home, you might be surprised by how much the costs can add up. One really great thing about home automation is that you can rig up everything so that you can turn off lights, televisions, and more, even when you aren’t home.
If you are forgetful about turning lights off or if your kids are always leaving the tv on when you leave, you can simply turn everything off remotely. Plus, along with saving you money each month on your electric bill, this can be a good way for you to decrease your family’s environmental footprint.
Reduce Heating and Cooling Bills
When the cold weather hits or the middle of summer is here, we all start to worry about our bills again. Heating and cooling your home accounts for almost half of your energy bills. Luckily, turning your home into a smart home can save you a lot of money here as well.
For one thing, with a smart home system, you do not have to worry about heating and cooling an empty home. Instead, you can program your system so that your heat or air conditioning turns on in time to make your home a comfortable temperature before anyone gets home for the day, or you can turn it off and remotely if your plans change.
This can be much better than trying to conserve heat and air conditioning the old-fashioned way. It can allow you to save just as much money. Once you install a smart home system in your home, you might just be surprised by how much your heating and cooling bills will go down throughout the year. This can help more than make up for the cost of your system over time, and it has environmental benefits as well.
If you are worried about your home being broken into and how much this can cost you and your family, such as:
- The cost of your homeowner’s insurance deductible
- Stolen property
- Damage to your home and property
Then you should know that turning your home into a smart home can help improve security. You can lock and unlock doors remotely, and you also have the chance to turn TVs off and on while you’re away so it seems as if you’re home.
As you can see, smart homes can really be worth it. In fact, these are just three of many ways that you can save money by automating your home. Do your research, ask the experts about all the possibilities and perhaps do the math to see how much it will save you. Smart Homes are the future, so start considering your options.