Using Technology To Save And Make Your Home Safer
Want to make your home safer and save money? Make your home a smart home. Statistics show that 57 percent of Americans say smart home products save them an average of 30 minutes a day and almost $100 a month. Many buyers of smart home products buy them for the ability to monitor their house from their smartphone or a voice-activated control. Smart homeowners also buy security cameras and video doorbells, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms and smart lighting. How popular is each product? Sixty-three percent of buyers want smart locks and alarms, 63 percent want smart thermostats and fans, 58 percent want smart lighting and 56 percent want carbon monoxide detection.
Increase Resale Value of Home
Over half of current homeowners (54 percent) plan to buy smart technology products to increase the resale value of their home.
Security is a Top Benefit
Sixty-two percent of Americans claim security is the top benefit for having a smart home.
One Smart Home Device Wasn’t Enough
Seventy percent of consumers who own smart home technology say buying their first connected product made them more likely to buy another.
Attractive to Home Buyers
Eighty-one percent of buyers indicated they would be more apt to buy a home if smart home products were already installed.
Millennials like Smart Home Products
Forty-seven percent of Millennials own a smart home product.
$40 Billion Industry
In the United States, the smart house market will approach $40 billion in 2020.
Smart light bulbs last 10 times longer than regular light bulbs and they only consume 8.5 watts of energy. Smart light bulbs are LED bulbs. They can dim and change color. And they can be controlled with a smartphone. About 100 million light bulbs will connect to the Internet by 2020, which is up from 2.4 million in 2013.
Many energy companies provide rebates and discounts when smart home products are installed. Call your energy company to find out more about discounts.
If you have a smart home product, you may qualify for a discount on your homeowners insurance premium. So be sure to let your insurance company know about any smart home products in your home.
Need to learn a little bit more about smart home products? Here is a roundup.
Types of Smart Home Technology
Door Locks. Smart door locks can be connected to your smartphone with Bluetooth technology or by using an app. You can unlock the door for visitors remotely. You can set rules for the lock such as programming it to arm the home’s security system when the door locks.
Home Sensors. These sensors can sense your presence as you enter or leave your home. They can be installed on doors and windows. These sensors can be controlled with smartphones or other smart devices. They detect movement in rooms and hallways as well. You can activate the sensors when you leave for vacation or a business trip away. When the sensors detect movement in the house, you will receive an alert and you’ll be informed immediately if there is a break-in.
Garage Door. You can use an app to control the garage door. So you will be able to open and shut the door remotely. Some systems allow you to know how long the door was left open.
Smart Camera. There are modern, smart security cameras that use WiFi technology and you can connect the cameras to your smartphone. With these cameras, you are able to monitor your home with a constant live feed. You are able to see who is coming and going inside your house when you are away from home.
Smart Smoke Detector. These smoke detectors will let you know if they detect a problem with smoke in your home. They will also let you know where the smoke is coming from.
Carbon Monoxide Detector. This smart detector goes off if increased levels of carbon monoxide are detected. You’ll be alerted by smartphone.
Smart Lighting. Smart lighting allows you to set a time that lights are turned on or off in different rooms in your house. You also could set the lights to go on when you enter your home. Brightness also can be adjusted. Outdoor lights could be set to turn on when a motion is detected.
Smart Thermostat. You also are able to install smart systems to control the thermostat. You can adjust the temperature remotely so you won’t be heating or cooling an empty house, saving money on monthly energy bills. Some smart thermostats are designed to learn your home’s temperature patterns and then build a new, energy-saving schedule around it. Other smart thermostats use a sensor system to detect room occupancy and will set room by room temperatures. Both systems save money. The first system promises to save up to 15 percent on cooling costs and up to 12 percent on heating costs. The second system promises savings of up to 23 percent on annual energy costs.
Smart Outlets. With smart plugs and outlets, you can control everything from the sprinklers to indoor and outdoor lighting, all while you are away from home.
Smart Sprinklers. These sprinklers are designed to optimize watering based on local weather conditions. Most smart sprinklers come with a mobile app so you’ll be able to manage your outdoor watering efforts away from home if you wish. All you need is your smartphone.
Smart Speakers. Smart speakers allow you to play music by voice command.
Smart Power Strips. These power strips keep products from using energy when they’re not in active use. Because of this, these power strips can save about $200 per year in energy costs.
Smart Home Hub. With a smart home hub, you can set your television’s recording schedule, manage stored programs and decide where and when to watch the programs, all from your smartphone. Other smart home products can be connected to the hub as well. The hub allows these devices to communicate with each other and of course you from your smartphone.
Smart Doorbell. If the doorbell is equipped with a camera, you’ll be able to see who is outside your front door. And if the doorbell has video intercom, you’ll be able to talk to the person at your front door or front gate.
Smart Appliances. Most major appliance brands offer smart washing machines, smart dryers and smart dishwashers. These appliances are designed to reduce washing time, water volume and energy use.
Smart Vacuums. With smart vacuums, you can initiate cleaning with a simple voice command.
How to Avoid Internet Hackers
Protect your smart home from hackers with these tips. Avoid having multiple devices connected to the same service and don’t allow public Wifi. The best way to keep your home safe is to use different kinds of authentication for your devices, always conduct security updates for new and old devices and make sure to have malware protection.
Choose Products Carefully
Ready to make your home into a smart home?
Start small with one or two smart home devices. Build up your smart home slowly as you get used to the devices. Like how much easier they are making your life? It’s time to add more.
Choose products that make the most sense for you and your family. Just because something looks cool doesn’t mean it is the right product for your household. So consider your family’s wants and needs when choosing smart home items.
Worried About Security?
You have a lot to choose from. A smart doorbell can be equipped with a camera or you can install a modern smart security camera. Both will let you see who is at your front door and from a remote location.
Want to Be Energy Efficient?
Smart light bulbs consume just 8.5 watts of energy and last 10 times longer than regular light bulbs. Smart power strips save energy by keeping products from using energy when they are not in active use. And then there are smart appliances. Smart washing machines, smart dryers and smart dishwashers use less water volume and less energy.
Want to Organize Your TV Entertainment?
A smart home hub would allow you to do just that. You can set your TV’s recording schedule and decide where and when to watch programs, all from your smartphone.
Smart Home Products Vary in Use and Purpose
Some smart home products are for home entertainment, some are to save energy and some are for security, some just make life a little easier. What type are you most interested in? Would you like a safer home with smart fire alarms and carbon monoxide detection? Would you like to save on your lighting bill? Or are you looking to organize your TV viewing schedule? Smart home products do all of these things.
Make sure the new smart home products that you buy are compatible with the smart home products you already have. This includes your smartphone and your tablet.
If smart home products connect well together and work well and are easy to use then your smart home will run smoothly.
One way to build a smart home is to buy several components such as sensors, smart bulbs, security camera and smart speaker and connect them to a hub that allows them to communicate with each other and with you by smartphone.
But if your needs are much more simple, just a few smart home products will do you just fine. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy having smart home items in your home. Enjoy the fun and cool factor of smart home products. And don’t forget to apply for discounts from your energy company and from your homeowners insurance company.
Discounts on Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners insurance companies offer discounts for customers with smart home products. Many insurance companies even offer free or discounted installation of smart appliances themselves. Depending on the insurance company and the number of smart home products that you own, you could save anywhere from 2 percent to 20 percent on your homeowners insurance premium. A smart security system could nudge down your insurance premium by 2 percent to 5 percent. A video doorbell could save you up to 5 percent on your homeowners insurance premium. With a smart smoke detector you could get a discount of 5 percent. Smart smoke detectors use smart batteries and mobile alerts.
A smart water shut off sensor can lead to 5 percent savings on your home insurance premium. Smart locks can save you up to 5 percent on home insurance premiums. And policyholders may be able to get a $100 rebate on smart locks devices from insurance companies. Be sure to reach out to your insurance company as soon as you make your first smart home purchase. You want to be getting the discount off your premium from your very first day as a smart home owner. You also will want to cash in on any rebates. Some insurance companies offer exclusive deals and rebates on certain smart home products. So be sure to ask about these deals. You might want to check out these rebates and discounts from your insurance company before you go shopping for a smart home product. You might as well save all the money you can from the get go.
So shop smart for your smart home products. Check discounts and rebates from your insurance company. And let your insurance company know each time you buy another smart home product. Every little discount helps to lower your homeowners premium. And it is nice to get discounts for making your home safer and more energy efficient. So enjoy making over your home into a smart home. Enjoy the convenience and the cool factor too. And the security factor cannot be overlooked. So keep your house safe, cool and energy efficient all with your smart home products.
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