With every passing year, smart home technology has become more powerful and more enjoyable to use.
The smart home industry is growing rapidly. As the technology improves, more people are beginning to realize that the term “smart home” isn’t just an industry buzzword or a passing trend, but an entire family of exciting technologies that are going to transform how we interact with our homes.
In our years of experience installing technology solutions throughout both Los Angeles, California and Traverse City, Michigan, we’ve found several major benefits to smart home technology.
1. Better Home Security and Safety
With nearly 1.2 million homes burglarized each year, managing the risk of property crime is a major feature of home ownership. A smart home security solution drastically improves on the capabilities of traditional home security systems.
Smart Security Cameras
Research from the University of North Carolina shows that burglars view security cameras as the greatest red flag when picking a target. Not too long ago, security cameras were only used by commercial real estate companies to help safeguard against crime, but with the popularization of smart home technology, very powerful camera solutions are now available to residential customers.
In many cases, these solutions include high-tech features and customizations that outclass even traditional commercial ones. Did you know the latest generation of smart security cameras offer facial recognition technology to identify family members, color night vision, and enable you to send voice messages over the Internet to a possible intruder? With a properly configured solution, you can even monitor your security cameras from anywhere in the world.
Sensors to Detect Non-Security Issues
Smart home technology can also help you understand and control your house far beyond what a traditional security system allows. For example, you can install sensors to detect and monitor allergens, chemicals, and radiation. They can also locate water leaks in hard to reach areas, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in repair costs.
2. Smart Homes Are Better for the Environmental
Most people know that smart home devices feature exciting functionality, but they can also help save money as well. Here are just a few of the devices that can help you lower the monthly overhead of home ownership.
LED Smart Lighting Reduces Energy Usage
Research shows that switching to LED smart bulbs is 75% more energy efficient than using incandescent bulbs, and that having your lights on the latest generation of dimmer can lower energy consumption by 40%. Although there is an up-front cost of switching to a modern lighting solution, the technologies inside a smart bulb offer a direct reduction of your environmental footprint. They can also be programmed to turn on or off at certain times, helping you further conserve energy.
Heating and cooling make up between 40% to 60% of your total energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Smart thermostats use geolocation, as well as data about your city’s weather and your personal energy usage, to automatically adjust the temperature in your home. This enables you to greatly reduce your home’s energy usage without any extra effort.
3. Make Your Household and Lifestyle More Efficient
Smart home technology can help to simplify a homeowner’s life, giving them greater control over their home and more free time. Take for example the doorknob and lock. While most people think of smart locks as security devices, they’re also designed to make your life easier. Consider the following three scenarios:
- You have a guest who arrived in town early and you want to let them into the house while you’re still at the store buying food for dinner
- A family member gets locked out of the house, or wants to come by to get something from your home while you’re out
- You’re on your way to the airport and suddenly remember that you might have left the back door unlocked
Under normal circumstances, those situations would require you to re-schedule a part of your day, inconvenience another person, or even rush home. But with a smart home, they’re all easily managed from your mobile device.
Smart doorbells can provide you mobile notification when someone rings your door, allow you see who that person is, and even let you communicate with them. Want to water your plants while you’re away for the weekend? Installing a smart water controller makes that easy. You can even get specialized cameras for your dog or cat to keep them company while you’re at work or shoo them offer the couch.
4. Smart Home Solutions Are Enjoyable
There are whole categories of smart home devices that don’t aim at a bottom-line return on investment, but simply increase the amount of fun and pleasure you can have while in and around your house.
Some of the most enjoyable smart home applications fall into the realm of home theater. Home theaters are central to the social lives of many families, providing a place to watch sports, movies, listen to music, or just socialize. Smart home technology can enrich those experiences — and make your home a more enjoyable location to entertain — by unifying indoor and outdoor audio-visual controls in a single smart device, having music follow you or your guests around your house automatically, or giving you access to your entire music library with simple voice commands.
An Expert Guide for Your Unique Smart Home Journey
Smart home technology presents limitless possibilities for creativity. But when faced with the huge number of smart home products and solutions — most of which aren’t compatible with each other — most people find they need an expert to help guide them through the process of building their dream smart home.
The INCTech team has decades of experience deploying audio video, smart home, and other cutting-edge technologies for both residential and commercial clients across Los Angeles, California and Traverse City, Michigan. If you’d like to ask our smart home experts a question, contact us any time at: 800.333.2989 or INFO@INCTECH.NET