The year 2022 is here and although we do not wear space suits and travel in flying cars, technology has taken leaps and bounds since the days of Betamax and cassette tapes. Most everyone has access to a computer in their pocket, on-demand entertainment, and the ability to virtually visit a doctor’s office from the comfort of their couch. These smart technological advancements have also found their way into the construction industry as more and more clients are converting their homes into smart homes. Remember, a smart home is a smart decision!
What Makes a Smart Home Smart
Integrating the latest technology into your home not only creates ease and convenience for you, the homeowner, but can also provide security and peace of mind when you are away. So many products are out there to make your home able to communicate with you through your smartphone, letting you control everything from climate, to dinner, to electricity, to locks. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect from embracing the smart home:
- Control of access through door locks
- Ability to alter lighting in the home
- Arm and disarm security systems and monitoring
- Control heating and cooling throughout the home
- Grocery ordering via your smart refrigerator
- Remote ability to shut blinds, open window coverings
- Observe and adjust energy consumption within the home
- Vacuuming and mopping via AI technology
- Robot powered lawn mowers
- Automatic garage opening and closing upon entering and exiting your driveway
- Wireless Bluetooth sound systems throughout the home for entertainment from room to room
- Smart TVs that appear as mirrors when not in use
- Heated tile floors for bathrooms and drafty areas in the home
- Remote controlled skylights
- Remote cooking from your smartphone with smart ovens and stovetops
Touch free faucets and toilets reducing the spread of germs
Smart Homes and Our Planet
All sounds pretty convenient, right? The best part of investing in making your home a smart home is that not only does it make the homeowners’ life easier, but it also benefits the environment and helps to reduce waste. By implementing smart technology in the home, you can reduce overall energy usage, harness solar power, and save money. Examples of this include:
Tankless Water Heaters
Most homes are replacing their water heaters with tankless water heaters that only provide hot water when it is needed. Instead of a water heater that uses a lot of energy to keep water at a constant temperature, these tankless water heaters reduce energy consumption by only heating when necessary.
By introducing solar panels to your residential home, you are harnessing the sun’s energy to power your residence and therefore, saving energy. This is also a great way to save money, with programs like the Ohio Clean Energy Association which will help you complete this project and reward you for taking this energy-saving step toward making your home smart.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Swapping out traditional light bulbs for LED light bulbs is an incredibly productive way to save energy. Although the upfront costs of these bulbs are greater than those of a traditional bulb, the amount of energy and money you can save over time is well worth the investment.
A smart outlet can be installed and can help you control most basic appliances. When you install these outlets, you will identify the device that will be using the outlet and with that, you can easily control said device from the app. With this ability you can cut down on energy usage by having the ability to turn things off and on from wherever you are at any point in your day.
Here at NJW Renovations Unlimited, we would love to help you upgrade your home to embrace new smart technologies, big or small. When renovating, remodeling, or building your home, we can enable you to appreciate comfort, safety, and the environmental benefits that having a smart home can offer. Contact us today to learn more about how you can make the smart decision of having a smart home.