Although Rosie from the Jetsons isn’t available on the tech market yet, there are plenty of smart home technologies that will make your life easier and your environment more efficient. Plus, having a smart house isn’t as pricey as you’d think.
Here are three smart home technologies that are easy to install and useful to have.
1. A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats don’t just look cool, they also give you an excuse to “go green.” Nest is a smart thermostat that can be controlled from a smartphone. It’s programmed to learn a homeowner’s daily routine and adjusts the home’s temperature accordingly.
It has sensors that keep track of when a home is empty and will use less energy while no one is there. Plus, Nest can save a homeowner up to 20% in their heating and cooling bills. It’s a win-win for you and our planet.
2. Smart Lights
A smart lighting system like the Philips Hue white and color ambiance starter kit not only allows you to turn lights on and off from your smartphone, but also saves on the electric bill.
3. Smart Locks
Having a keyless entry to your house is convenient for many reasons. Here are just a few:
- You have one less key to worry about.
- You don’t have to hide a key in weird places outside.
- Your kids will no longer lose their key (unless they lose their phone).
- You can give access to certain family and friends when you’re out of town
The Kevo Smart Lock is a keyless system that allows a user’s smartphone to unlock the door to your home. Smart locks also make it easier for you to grant a buyer’s agent access to your home.
If you’re selling your home soon, consider this:
Teching out your home is a luxury perk for you to enjoy, but it will also add appeal when you decide to sell. Why? Millennials make up the largest group of buyers in the current real estate market. This generation was raised on technology and many of them desire having a smart home one day. It’s also been found that 48% of homebuyers are interested in smart technology that’s related to security and safety.
You may have to throw in your gadgets with the sale, but it could give your home an edge and may be worth the intelligent investment.