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SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY: IS IT WORTH UPGRADING?

A smart home is a home that is equipped with technology to remotely control and automate household systems like lighting, doors, thermostats, entertainment systems, security alarms, surveillance cameras and other connected appliances. But it’s more than just remote controls and fancy gadgets.

For some homeowners, turning a house into a smart home can be as simple as buying a connected speaker. For others, it can involve linking several different products including speakers, cameras, computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, security systems, appliances, and more.

Now that we know what a smart home is, why should you set up your house with smart or connected home products?

1.Saving energy (and money)
For many, the driving force behind creating a smart home is the potential to save energy and money with automated heating and air conditioning systems. Smart thermostats quickly and precisely automate the heating and cooling of a home. This usually reduces the owners’ electric bill. Other products such as connected lights and appliances can use less energy by powering down when not in use. These kinds of products should be high up on anyone’s smart home checklist.

2.Making life simpler
Comfort is key. We all try to have as much of it as possible, so it’s obvious this is one of the main reasons to get a smart home. You can start with things as simple as getting smart lights. These can turn on/off using voice commands, location rules, sensor detection, or even simple schedules.

3.Security and safety
While you can buy alarm systems to protect your home, smart homes can offer added security. Connected lights, cameras, and even doorbells can help make a home safer. If you’re home alone and someone is checking out your house to see if they can break in, having these kinds of devices might scare them off.

4.Entertainment
What is a smart home if not also a place to hang out and relax? This technology can also keep you entertained and informed in new and exciting ways. Connected speakers combined with AI-based digital assistants can play music, offer news and sports scores, and can even help you control other connected devices as well. Connected devices can also find a good film to watch either at home or in a real movie theater.

Home improvement is an investment. Fortunately, the more high quality the materials and more advanced the technology used in your home, the more the property will be worth it. Not to mention, the better you will be prepared for security and efficiency issues as well.

If you have any questions on this topic or anything else real estate related, or if want any additional information please don’t hesitate to call, text or email me at 310-738-8098 or tim@thedurkovicgroup.com.