We live in the platinum age of technological advancement, and smart technology continues to transform our lives continuously. From smart watering system for bathrooms and gardens to smart ceiling fans designed to help us sleep better, the smart devices available in the market have captured almost every corner of our house. In the past couple of years, we have gone from using bulky, corded phones to a tiny computer in our pockets capable of functioning simultaneously for communication. If smartphones were one major tech innovation of the 2000s, the next big development happened in the 2010s with smart homes.
A number of homeowners select household upgrades with the concept of ROI (return on investment) on their mind. Bathroom makeovers, kitchen remodels, and room additions are some improvements that have conventionally stood out in this concern. However, with the emergence of smart technology, 81 percent buyers would be more inclined to buy a home if smart home devices were already installed in it, and 54 percent homeowners who wish to sell their homes would purchase smart home technology to hurry up the sale process.
With all these points in mind, and so many options available in the market for smart home technology, what smart home upgrades will help you increase the valuation of your home?
Here are the five smart upgrades for today’s connected homes that every homeowner should include.
Here are the 5 Smart Upgrades for Connected Home:
Smart lighting can fall into numerous categories. You may have wifi enabled light bulbs or connected light switches. Many lighting upgrades are compatible with home automation hubs, so be sure to have one. With lighting hubs, you no longer need to keep the lights switched on in the morning when you will come home late. You can control the bulbs with mobile apps, or you can automatically turn them on with the help of motion sensors. A quick look at your smartphone will help you know if you left any light on while you’re away, and a simple tap on your device can make sure the bulbs are off, so you don’t waste money or electricity when you are not at home.
One extra feature that comes with smart light switches and bulbs is the ability to dim them. You don’t need to operate the bulbs at full brightness and can simply dim them. This will reduce cost and also extend the life of the bulbs.
Maximise Home Security
When you incorporate surveillance and security features in your smart home network, your home security can proliferate. You have a ton of options available when it comes to home security. For instance, the home automation system can link motion detectors, automated door locks, surveillance cameras and other security measures throughout your house so you can operate them from one mobile device before heading out. You can also receive security notifications on your various gadgets depending on the time of the day the alert goes off, and record activities in real-time when you are in the house or travelling around the world.
Hubs & Controllers
A home automation hub is the heart of a smart home. These hubs come with a virtual assistant that can control all the smart devices in your home with voice-commands. You can simply speak commands such as turn on the ceiling fan or switch off the lights. Every home automation hub has its strength and weaknesses, so select one that will suit your needs.
Many people know that a smart programmable thermostat can save money on electricity bills and also conserve energy. With the help of sensors, a smart thermostat can detect your lifestyle and behaviour and turn on or off accordingly to match your needs. This is contrasting to a traditional thermostat wherein you have to leave the air conditioning or heat at a constant temperature throughout the day. A smart thermostat has features such as voice recognition and online connectivity and works efficiently if you have a flexible schedule. The heating and cooling of the thermostat can be personalised and controlled easily with the help of a smartphone app.
Smart appliances can also help you run your life comfortably and efficiently. A smart television has the ability to find you better channels or apps to locate your favourite programmes. A smart microwave oven will benefit you with cooking your food to perfection without any manual assistance or worrying about undercooking or overcooking. An intelligent audio system and home theatre can make managing your music or movie collection easily while entertaining people. Eventually, connection home appliance and other systems (lighting hub, security hubs, etc.,) with automation technology will upgrade your appliances productivity and considerably make your life much more comfortable and enjoyable.
A single smart gadget by itself isn’t actually smart- it is when the gadget connects and coordinates data from other in-home devices to make information-driven decisions. This ability to exchange information among all these gadgets can create a smart home and improve home owners experience. Time is the only factor that will help build connected homes that progress from individual smart devices to smart living and home connectivity.