As technology has evolved, innovators have found more and more ways for computers and smartphones to improve our lives, especially around the house. Most Americans now take basic automation for granted – conveniences like garage-door openers, TV remote controls, and timers on coffee machines. However, “smart homes” take tech to the next level, integrating multiple sub-systems with a master home automation controller.
Smart homes are intuitive, adjusting everything from room temperature to security cameras, even when your house is empty. And today’s smart homes can be controlled from anywhere you have cell service. Smart home technology can be retrofitted unobtrusively or designed into the blueprints of your new, custom-built home.
Smart home tech has many benefits, including:
- convenience of use
- improved security
- lower operating costs
- time savings
- increased home value
Convenience: Home Automation
Today’s smart homes simplify life through digital automation.
Lights turn on and off as you enter or leave a room. Ambient heat rises from the floor so you’re always comfortable. A home can be wired for seamless connectivity of digital telephones, TVs, computers, laptops, tablets – all running in synch with the touch of a button.
Electronics and automation simplify house management. Home automation opens the garage door as you near your smart home, and closes it automatically for security. Check your home’s exterior from any digital device. You can watch the kids from work and make sure they’re doing homework and not playing computer games. You can even heat up the hot tub on your way home from work.
Security: Eyes On
Smart homes communicate with internal systems and are with you wherever you are.
Forget to lock the front door? You can do it remotely using a smartphone.
Sensors detect movement when you’re not around. They can turn on lights, set off an alarm, even alert you by smartphone that there’s someone at your front door, even when you are miles away.
Using surveillance technology in conjunction with smart home intuition, you can answer the door for the delivery person and make sure they leave the package in a safe place.
Day or night, whether you and your loved ones are home or away, smart homes employ add-ons and built-ins to boost home security to increase your peace of mind.
Lower Operating Costs
Smart homes are energy-efficient.
Lower the automated thermostat and set it to turn on the heat as you leave work. You’ll save on energy bills all day and your smart hose is cozy and warm or dry and cool when you pull into the driveway.
Motion sensors turn lights on and off throughout the house automatically, dramatically lowering electricity costs. Lights are on when the room is in use, off when it’s not.
More than a quarter of Americans have smart home products, and they report that the devices save them an average of 30 minutes a day and more than $1,100 per year, according to a report by Coldwell Banker and CNET.*
Think of the time you’d save doing the things mentioned above remotely without having to stop by your home each time.
Increase Home Value
In the Coldwell Banker / CNET study, 81% of those surveyed said they are more likely to buy a home if it includes smart technology like connected lights, thermostats or security systems.
Nearly 75% said that smart home products provide peace of mind when it comes to home security.
Smart homes are the future. We see a lot of these high-tech features being built into new construction, or retro-fitted into older homes. Either way, a smart home usually has a smart owner.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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