Technology is changing the way we interact with our homes. So-called “smart” products help homeowners use less electricity, simplify tasks, and lead more comfortable lives. In the home improvement industry, smart home improvement projects are the hottest trend to hit the market in years. Here are three of the most popular ways to make your home smarter:
Programmable home thermostats have been around for several years, but new technology makes these even more useful for homeowners. Programmable thermostats can be set to run multiple heating or cooling schedules around the home. For example, they can be set to use less electricity by raising or lowering the interior temperature while the homeowners are away at work or school. Then, when the home’s residents return, the thermostat brings the home back up or down to a more comfortable temperature. “Smart” thermostats add even more features, and can usually be controlled by a mobile phone app from anywhere in the world. These smart thermostats are revolutionizing the ways in which we keep our homes comfortable year-round.
Imagine a home where the lights turn on when you enter a room and off when you leave, all without flipping any switches. Sound like a fantasy? It’s not – new technology makes this kind of lighting control possible. This technology is ideal for spaces like closets, storage areas, garages, and hallways, but can be used throughout the home. Smart sensor lighting products help save a lot of money in energy costs, too. By turning off lights in unused rooms, homeowners can save 5-10% on their utility bills each year. Homeowners will never forget to shut off the lights again, thanks to sensor lighting systems.
Electronic Door Locks
Security is a major issue around the home. Electronic door locks ensure that you will never get locked out and that you will never leave the house without forgetting to lock up. Many popular electronic door lock systems can be controlled by mobile phone apps from anywhere in the world. These lock systems tend to be relatively inexpensive, and the upgrade adds peace of mind that your home is safe and secure.
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