Smart homes no longer just exist in overactive imaginations and science fiction movies. Home automation is all around us. From cameras with two-way microphones at the door to automated lights, homes are gaining IQ points all across the country. So, here are just a few reasons you should consider adding smart tech to your own.
No one likes coming home to a freezing house in the winter or an oven in the summer. As a result, many homeowners leave their air conditioning running even when they are away from home. The cost of this convenience is high. With smart tech, you can set a timer or use an app to turn it on before you head home. This coupled with automated lights throughout the home can save you hundreds of dollars each year.
We waste a lot of time on mundane tasks every day. Home automation helps to reduce this by “outsourcing” some of these, allowing us to reclaim a few minutes or hours each day for self-care or hobbies. Tasks many smart homes automate include the following:
- Checking who’s at the door without getting out of bed
- Using timers to lock or unlock doors
- Making a grocery list
- Vacuuming the home
Smoke detectors, CO2 monitors, motion sensors and door alarms help to keep a home safe, but they are most effective when monitored by an external company. In a large fire or in the case of a burglary, the people inside may not be able to escape or call for help. With automated systems, if your alarm or monitoring company cannot confirm you are okay, they will dispatch the fire department, paramedics or law enforcement to your home.
Are you planning on upgrading your home to include smart features soon? There are plenty of DIY hacks on the market, but to preserve network security and ensure total integration, consider hiring professional help for home automation.