Technology-enhanced homes in Pennsylvania are the wave of the future, but many may not understand how smart home technology works, think they can afford it, or know if it's worth the investment. Although there are complete smart home systems available, you do not necessarily have to go in or spend a lot of money to take advantage of some of the most practical innovations that smart home technology has to offer.
Smart home enthusiasts often have complete, connected systems that work from a single "hub", such as Alexa or Google Assistant. However, some of these features can also be purchased and used separately and still give you a quality upgrade. If you are considering upgrading your home with smart features, here are some of the best innovations to keep in mind.
Lighting: Smart lighting systems can improve the efficiency of your home (save money in the long run), strengthen your security system and provide beauty, comfort and fun benefits such as turning off the lights you left on the lower floor while sitting in bed.
Energy systems: In addition to lighting, smart thermostats, window coverings and other technology-based energy-saving tools can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your home. Like most smart technologies, these systems can be programmed and remotely controlled, but they can also use sensors to automatically keep your house at the right temperature and make adjustments for maximum efficiency.
Security: If you want to upgrade your home security, there are now many excellent, affordable smart home protection systems out there. From video doorbells and camera systems to smart locks and alarms, these sophisticated tools can warn you from afar and let you monitor and protect your home remotely. Some manufacturers even offer live surveillance services and can alert the police in real time if they notice anything.
Water usage: Whether you are trying to reduce the water consumption in your shower, kitchen or garden, smart technology can help. Investing in smart water technology tools can help you both monitor and limit your family's water use.
Kitchen & appliances: Do you want your coffee ready in the morning and that your refrigerator tells you that you need milk and that your children left the TV in the living room? Smart kitchen appliances can help you do all sorts of cool things, can be controlled remotely or by voice activation and can be turned off to save energy.
Security: Tired of having to climb on a chair to turn off the blaring smoke alarm just because you accidentally left dinner on the stove? Smart home smoke detectors can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide, give you a more accurate reading of the problem and its location and be silenced from your phone instead of the top of a ladder.
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