Contributed by Suzie Wilson of happierhome.net.
Smart home automation is the future. In fact, 80 percent of home buyers prefer a home with smart technology. Tomorrow, that percentage will be a little higher. There is an ever-growing variety of smart devices that can be added to your home, and each one has unique benefits. Here are some of the most popular smart home improvements, as well as the benefits and value they provide to buyers who are looking to purchase them.
First of all, it’s important to note that while some of these items can be installed DIY, it’s never a bad idea to have them professionally installed. The average cost to install electrical switches, outlets, and fixtures in Dallas is $158 to $541, but installing a smart home system will likely cost quite a bit more. But the peace of mind you get from knowing it’s been done professionally is well worth the investment.
If you’re considering upgrading your home with smart technology, security should be the first thing on your mind. More traditional security systems are hardwired and monitored by a central station, but smart alarm systems can be controlled by smartphones, home networks, and/or wireless technology. Also, whether it’s a central alarm, door sensors, door locks, or video doorbell, you maintain control and can monitor activity while you’re away from home. Smart security is very valuable to consumers and home buyers because it provides peace of mind, saves time, and is much cheaper than traditional security systems.
Smart Smoke Detectors
Along with your security system, consider smart smoke detectors. Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night by the chirping of your smoke/CO alarm? Smart detectors, like the Nest Protect, eliminate that problem. Whether smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, or the alarm’s battery is running low, the notifications go straight to your phone. Similar to smart security systems, these detectors bring peace of mind, and they’re a hot item for home buyers.
Half of your home’s energy costs come from heating and air conditioning, and installing smart thermostats is the quickest way to save energy and money. In fact, the efficiency of thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat can save you up to $145 a year. Also, through wireless technology, you can control these thermostats even when you’re not at home, and many of them remind you of maintenance needs and allow you to regularly monitor energy consumption.
Smart lighting also has a high ROI because of its convenience and energy savings. Through wireless technology, a smart lighting system allows all of the lighting in your home to be interconnected and controlled from an app on your smartphone. The best route for smart lighting is through LEDs. According to Energy.gov, LED light bulbs “use at least 75 percent less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.”
Smart speakers are another great investment. Certain speakers, like the Amazon Echo Show, allow you to connect to and control several different home automation devices — all with your voice. This means that you can control and monitor your smart security system, door locks, video doorbell, smoke/CO detectors, thermostats, lighting, and more. Going through the work of making all these smart home improvements makes a smart speaker invaluable.
There’s no question that home automation can add value to your home and draw buyer interest. Consider the plethora of smart security options and smoke detectors to provide peace of mind. Look into smart thermostats and lighting to add convenience and save significantly on energy costs. Finally, pick out a smart speaker that will bring all your improvements together.
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