Smart home features are becoming more and more popular, especially as technology improves. Today, many people can control many different features of their homes through their smartphones. As this technology continues to grow, it’s sure to be integrated into more homes. Here are ten of the top smart home features that you may want to add to your own house.
1. Smart Thermostats
While smart thermostats have been around for a few years now, they’re still incredibly popular and useful. You can program your thermostat to come on and off whenever you want it to, plus you can remotely control the temperature from your phone, tablet, or computer. If you forget to turn down the thermostat when you leave, just change it remotely. You’ll save a lot of money on heating and cooling.
2. Smart Lighting
Did you leave home early in the morning and forget to leave a light on for when you get home after dark? No problem – smart lighting can be turned on and off from anywhere. You don’t have to worry about getting out of bed to turn off the lights if you have your phone on hand. You can even program your lights to come on and off at specific times when you’re on vacation.
3. Automated Lawn Care
Hate mowing the yard? Just deploy your robotic lawn mower and enjoy the cool indoors while it does all the work. All you have to do is train your mower to know where your yard ends and it does all the rest. You can also automate your sprinklers to ensure your yard gets the water it needs without wasting a drop.
4. Smarter and Safer Baby Monitoring
If you have a little one, you’re going to want to make sure they’re always safe. A smart baby monitoring system does more than just let you listen in to what’s going on in the other room. These new systems include video monitoring and two-way audio as opposed to the older monitors that only allowed you to listen in rather than talk to the baby.
5. Smart Technology in the Kitchen
Want to update your kitchen? How about making it smarter with appliances that can be turned on and off from your phone. Smart slow cookers can be connected to the internet and controlled remotely, allowing you to adjust the temperature or turn your cooker on or off. You can also use a smart refrigerator to create shopping lists, view recipes, see what’s inside remotely, and even check the weather.
6. Automated Vacuuming
Just like robotic yard care, vacuuming is also becoming more automated. Newer vacuums can be controlled from an app. Schedule when and where you want them to clean, turn them on and off, and even start them remotely so your house is completely clean when you get home.
7. Automate Anything You Want
A smart switch is a little device that can allow you to remotely control just about any device you have. All you have to do is plug your device into the smart switch. Then you can turn it on and off remotely. While you may not be able to control every aspect of each device, you can still decide when those devices are on or off.
8. Smart Security
Want to know what’s going on at your home when you’re away? A smart security system allows you to access home surveillance cameras anytime; anywhere. See who is on your front porch or take a look at what your kids are doing at any time. Some security systems even allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely or set off your alarm to scare away intruders.
9. Automated Dishwashing
Smart dishwashers do more than just let you remote-control the washing. They can optimize how water flows through and around your dishes, using less water while still getting the entire load clean. They don’t need much detergent, either, and some of them even create compost from stuck-on food.
10. Control Everything from one Hub
Finally, a high-tech home has to have a central command station. Control 4 offers a universal solution that works with most major brands. All of your smart devices and appliances can be controlled from a voice-activated device such as those offered by Google, Amazon, and Apple. Your smartphone can also act as your mobile command center, allowing you to access all of your smart devices no matter where you are.
Ready to Move into the Future?
If you’re ready to make the leap into a mostly or entirely automated and smart home, there’s no better time. With dozens of different devices on the market, you’ll be able to make just about everything computer-controlled.
Belman Homes is here to assist you with your goal. Our experts can integrate any type of smart technology into our home designs. From smart thermostats to sprinklers, from a smart refrigerator to a security system, we can bring the future into your dream home.