A Smart Home is a Smart Investment
People often associate smart homes with being cool, high-tech, fun, convenient—and certainly an opportunity to entertain and impress your guests. What many people sleep on when considering smart-home integration is that it’s often a financial value-add, and a smart investment for your home as well.
Today’s smart home is customized, streamlined, and wholly adapted to the user. Modern automators and integrators are committed to enhancing the performance of every aspect of the smart home or workplace, from lighting to HVAC, security systems to home entertainment systems, and more. As a result, the smart home or office is more secure, more comfortable, and more energy efficient than ever before – which adds a lot of value to your building. Automation and integration harness the potential of networking systems, unique technologies, and intuitive controls, ensuring that the smart home of today will boost the property’s value, enhance efficiency, and provide streamlined comfort for the long term.
Integrating a Smart Home: Going Beyond Personal Assistants
When we talk about integrating smart tech into your home or office, we’re looking far past Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Instead, we’re referring to the process of merging disparate systems into an integral whole – the “whole” representing a single network, ultimately controlled by a single device. A broad range of devices and components can be integrated in the smart home, from personal laptops to light bulbs, appliances to gaming devices, door locks to thermostats, and more. Today’s integration and automation engineers hold degrees in computer engineering or computer science, and extensive training ensures they’ve got the knowledge and experience to solve your challenges and add value to your day-to-day life.
Once systems are integrated onto your network, automation comes into play – the technology that enables actions to be performed without human assistance. The smart homes of today unify integration and automation seamlessly, which means that once your smart home is integrated, there’s no limit to what automation can accomplish. Set lighting, heating, and cooling preferences once – and then let the automation do the work. Automated security systems keep watch over your property without you having to lift a finger – modern automated surveillance will even call the police for you in the event of an intrusion.
Investing in Automation and Integration
Integrating technology in the smart home will empower the homeowner to better monitor and manage every device and system, from heating and cooling units to sprinkler systems. Convenient controls – always tailored to the user’s preferences – make adjusting any technology, from ceiling fans to security cameras, a breeze. Plus, safety and energy savings are two major benefits to enhancing any home with smart capabilities – and a smart home boasts a higher resale value, too. Homeowners and developers alike will benefit financially from an investment in integrated technology, since the population’s desire for smarter living is only bound to grow in the years ahead. As more of us work from home, telecommuting to our jobs and academic lives, smart homes are occupying a unique, high-demand spot within the real estate sector.
Now, let’s dig deeper into some of key value-adding elements of an integrated smart home.
In a smart home, every technological element is easily controlled by a few taps to the central controller, which is often an app on your mobile device.
Smart Controls make it easy to turn lights on and off, unlock doors,
adjust heating and cooling, monitor security devices, and much more. No more fumbling with a plethora of remotes. No more having to go back downstairs
when you leave the kitchen light on, or turning around when you realize you forgot to lock the back door.
Automation further enhances your comfort and can be tailored to suit your lifestyle; go-to “scenes” can be programmed to have your home functioning just as you like. Returning home after a long day at the office? Automated scenes can ensure that your pathway is lit, the garage door opens for you, the interior door is unlocked, the heat or AC increases output, and your favorite channel turns on as you enter the room – and all events can be synchronized to your car pulling into the driveway. Plus, automation means it’s easy to impress your friends – and would-be buyers – with fascinating technology that makes life more pleasurable – and much more convenient.
Energy Efficiency in the Smart Home
The American Lighting Association (ALA) reports that smart technology isn’t just about homeowner convenience – today, a number of ALA-affiliated manufacturers, from Legrand to Philips, Lutron Electronics to Acuity Brands Lighting, are offering more affordable, energy-saving solutions than ever before. Smart lighting specifically – and smart technology in general - mitigates energy consumption throughout the home or workplace, in both the short- and long-terms. Automated lights mean lighting systems are only in use when someone is in the room – and lighting-based dimmers can reduce energy consumption without making the room noticeably darker. Heating and cooling bills diminish with smart technology, as automated shades can help to keep sun heat out when it’s warm and let it in when it’s cold. Even smart sprinklers can drastically reduce water consumption, which helps the planet in a wallet-friendly manner.
Smart Technology Means Safer Living
Automated and integrated controls will boost the safety of your home or workplace in myriad ways. Automated lighting, for example, can be programmed to mimic people being home - effectively discouraging intruders. Motion-triggered lighting outside can stop burglars in their tracks while arming your security cameras to capture what is going on. Security systems, like bolts and alarms, are easily accessed via the control app – wherever you are. And with smart security cameras, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your home by using your mobile device as a security monitor.
Planning for Your Smart Home
If the valued-add of an integrated smart home appeals to you, it’s important to plan ahead. The most efficient and cost-effective time to integrate your home is during new-construction or renovations. Since technology integration is still in the early-adoption stages, many developers, architects, contractors and interior designers aren’t considering this early enough in the process. In the coming years, look for homeowners and developers-alike to start incorporating smart technology into the homes and offices they renovate and build.
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