If you are following technology trends these days, a big topic is about the “smart home.” So, what is a smart home? According to Google,
a smart home is equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.
It still kind of sounds like something out of a science fiction novel to me, but this trend is definitely here to stay. In fact, making your home “smarter” is a smart thing to do for your expense account too. Using smart technology in your home can help you save money in a variety of ways. My husband and I have been researching ideas for creating a smart home for our family. Here are the top ideas we either have, or would like to implement:
Smart lighting is the first thing we’ve tried at our house. We got so sick of manually setting and plugging lights into timers every time we went away. Now, we have nearly all lights in our home connected through a central app where we can control the lighting from any room in the house and even while away from home.
I’ve experienced a smart bathroom in luxury hotels. I’d LOVE to have some of these features at home. Imagine being able to control your shower’s temperature, spray, audio, and lighting. Wouldn’t that be cool? I’ll even opt for radiant heating under the time that can be turned on from my smart phone before I even get out of bed. Ahhhh!
Smart technology in the kitchen can actually help with safety. An induction cooktop is one of these examples. It produces heat that only heats the cookware when the metal comes in contact with the cooktop surface. Many can boil water in just minutes giving me more time with my family and less time in the kitchen.
Did you know that even door locks can now be controlled via smart devices? Especially when my husband travels or my kids are home alone, security is a top priority. I love the idea of being able to control and monitor locks and video even if I am not home. Some cable providers have smart home monitoring built into their services as well. This is something we are looking into.
Heating and cooling our home can be challenging to keep costs down. Using smart technology helps control and monitor energy usage with thermostats such as the Lennox iComfort® S30 thermostat. It connects to Wi-Fi and enables homeowners to control settings from any internet enabled smart device. One of my favorite features is being able to start the heat a few hours before we return from a vacation. Visit Lennox to learn more information and find a dealer near you.
What smart home technology do you currently use or want to use?