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Smart Home Technology 101

It can help us manage our homes more effectively by increasing home security, sustainability, accessibility, energy efficiency, entertainment and comfort. All that’s needed to have a smart home is internet-connected devices, a wireless router, a smart hub, apps and certain gadgets of your choice.

Learn about the smart home features that can make day-to-day tasks simpler and help save money.

Security

A smart home can help minimize the risk of a break-in. There are several security apps available for homeowners to keep an eye on their home while they are away using their mobile devices. Smart home sensors and cameras can notify homeowners if there is suspicious activity around their home. Smart video doorbells can let you see who’s at your front doorstep and smart locks can let you schedule when you want the door to be locked or unlocked. These features can help prevent theft and create a more secure environment.

Temperature

Want to turn up the heat? With a home automation system, controlling the temperature in your home can be quick and easy. It can sense and adjust the temperature on its own depending on the time of day and seasonal changes.

Lighting

Automatic lighting systems can create more convenience in your life. For smart home beginners, upgrading your lighting is one of the simplest ways to integrate automated technology into your home. For instance, smart home bulbs can be controlled by using your mobile device or virtual assistant such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Energy Efficiency

Concerned about energy usage in your home? With smart home technology you can manage your energy efficiency. For instance, smart dryers can sense the size of the laundry load and can stop the cycle right away when the clothes are dry. Some smart fridges have cameras built in them that allow you to see what you have stored in your fridge without opening the door. You can also save money on your hydro bill with automatic irrigation systems that will let you set up specific times to water your lawn.

Increase Home Value

Upgrading your home with these smart home technology features may be able to increase its value by attracting more buyers and possibly selling at a higher price. Just make sure when you list your property, you talk to your realtor about the specific features you have in your home and their benefits.

Don't forget to share renovation and major upgrade plans with your insurer. For additional information you can talk to a licensed insurance advisor.

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