The Practical Benefits of Smart Home Automation
4 Reasons Smart Technology is an Excellent Investment
In our blog, we often highlight the convenience or the “cool-factor” of smart home automation. However, when you are deciding whether you’d like to update your Salt Lake City, UT home with smart technology, you want your investment to pay off. In this article, we’ll highlight four specific--and practical--ways that automation can help you save money and improve your daily experience. To learn more, continue reading.
Smart home automation can help improve the efficiency of your home. The reason: smart technology acts automatically and intuitively. For instance, consider your home’s HVAC system--probably one of your home’s biggest energy consumers:
In the summer, one reason that your home heats up so dramatically is due to solar heat gain. The sun’s rays, entering your home through your windows, heat up your house. By adding motorized window treatments, your shades, blinds, or drapes can run on a sensor that allows them to close when the temperature of your home reaches a certain level. This will help keep the heat out and reduce your AC use. In the winter, you can gather that heat by leaving the shades open throughout the day. Then, as the temperature drops, your shades can automatically close to help insulate your home.
These small changes can have a big effect on your monthly electricity bills, and you don’t even have to lift a finger!
Up Your Home’s Value
As smart home automation’s popularity increases, more and more homebuyers are looking for it in properties. According to a study done by Coldwell Banker, about 64 percent of current buyers are interested in automation, and we can only expect that number to go up. Additionally, having these technologies in place can raise the overall value of your home. Adding these technologies today will make your home more sellable and could up the price--whether you’re looking to sell in a few months or many years.
Secure Your Home
Smart homes tend to be safer homes. For instance, if your home has smart surveillance cameras installed, you have the ability to keep tabs on your property at any time and from anywhere. These cameras stream live footage onto your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, so that you can see what’s happening on your property when you’re not there. Plus, tools like smart door locks means that you can lock or unlock the door right from your phone, providing you full access control from anywhere. The combination of alerts and surveillance means that you can rest assured that your home is secure.
Other smart technologies can also play role in keeping your home safe. For instance, if you’re away on vacation, your lighting automation system can be programmed to turn lights on and off randomly to mimic an occupied home. This “mockupancy” setting can extend to your home’s motorized shades or audio. If a potential burglar believes your home is occupied, they will be much less likely to target your property.
Experience Simple Control
The ease-of-use and simple control tools are one of our favorite features of smart home automation. In an integrated home, you can adjust all of the technologies in your home from one central control unit. You can close one shade or all the shades in your home from the same touch panel that you turn down the volume on the TV. You can also save commonly used settings under custom-named “scenes” so that you can recreate the perfect movie-watching environment at the touch of a button.
Whether you’re interested in smart home automation for its practical purposes or you’re more interested in the cool-factor, the first step is finding an installation team. Contact All Metro Tech to find a partner who will help you through every step of the process.