Gaining full control over your home’s energy and security makes it a smart home. However, there’s far more to home automation than just adjusting the thermostat from your tablet or peaking in at the front door from your smartphone. Creating a truly smart home can take on a life of itself with many components.
What is a Smart Home?24
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of smart homes, it’s important to define the term. A smart home is any home outfitted with specific home automation technology to provide better comfort and convenience for the homeowner.
Smart home technology may include:
- Door Locks
- Entertainment systems
- Air Conditioning
- Camera Systems
- And More!
Many features can go into home automation, but you don’t have to include every single feature on the list to consider your home a smart home. AC Daughtry is available to help you make the best decision for you family. Give us a call for a free home security consultation at (973) 335-3931.
What Make a Smart Home, Smart?
Creating any additional level of convenience and comfort from home automation qualifies your house as a smart home. If you install a new security system with automated features you can control from anywhere, you now live in a smart home. While it doesn’t have every capability available, you’ve upgraded to a smart system for security.
Most homeowners will start with one system and may upgrade other systems over time. It’s very common to start with security and energy smart technology because home security provides peace of mind and energy systems help to keep utility bills lower.
However, it’s certainly possible to upgrade your home to include smart features, such as a thermostat, lights, door locks and home security all in one system. You can even add smart cameras to your security system for added protection.
The Honeywell Total Connect Smart Home System
One of the easiest ways to add incredible convenience and comfort to your home is through the Honeywell Total Connect system. Once the components are installed, you will be able to connect through your smartphone, tablet or computer, as long as you have internet access, and make adjustments. You can view images from security cameras, receive notifications from environmental detection alarms and even receive notifications of specific events or check in at pre-determined times.
In addition to providing excellent security features, the Total Connect system allows you to unlock and lock your doors from anywhere. You can also adjust your alarm settings, as necessary. If the kids are home from school, you can let them in and reactivate the alarm systems necessary to keep the home protected while they’re inside.
You will also gain access to your thermostat and lights from the Total Connect system. If you want to adjust the thermostat before arriving home or turn on lights because you’re stuck at the office late, you can. The system can even be set up to automatically lock your doors, switch on outdoor lights and turn off indoor lights when you arm it at bedtime.
Upgrading your home with smart home technology in New Jersey gives you greater control and convenience. You won’t have to worry about forgetting to lock your doors or turn off lights. With everything at your fingertips, you will always have an eye on your biggest investment. The friendly staff at AC Daughtry is waiting to take your call (973) 335-3931.
Will Home Automation Increase the Value of My Home?
Many homeowners don’t really care if a home automation and security system adds value, if they feel more at ease because of the system. However, it’s a good question to ask as many upgrades to homes are made with the hopes of gaining a return on investment.
While upgrading your home with smart features may not add value on an appraisal, it will certainly add appeal. Many home buyers seek out homes equipped with smart home features because of the convenience provided. These features may not add any value on an appraisal, but they could make the difference between a buyer making an offer on your home or someone else’s home.
Instead of submitting a lower offer than you’ll accept, since you’ve outfitted your home with a complete home automation system, buyers might provide a better offer. Smart home technology has become increasingly popular and many home buyers are looking for smart features.
In fact, a survey done by Coldwell Banker Real Estate of 4,000 U.S. consumers found that 27% without smart home technology plan to add it into their lives. The top features consumers believed qualified a home as “smart” included:
- Locks and Alarms (63%)
- Thermostats and Fans (63%)
- Lighting (58%)
- Carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights (56%)
While it may seem like newer generations are adopting smart home technology faster, it’s not always the case. Those over 65 years of age are more likely to have a smart temperature product than those age 18 to 34.
Home Automation is a Long-Term Investment
it’s important to look at home automation as a long-term investment. Not only does it have the ability to protect your home and provide peace of mind, but it can also help attract home buyers when it’s time to sell. However, investing in just the cheapest smart home system may not provide much of a return or even last until you sell your home.
It’s better to start with just one system or one feature and build upon your smart system than try to do everything at one, if you’re working with a smaller budget. Keep the future in mind when shopping for the right system for your home. While you may save money on home automation today, if the system doesn’t last, it won’t pay dividends when you’re ready to sell.
Lower cost systems are often designed for the short-term and you may need to replace them in just a few years. It’s better to have one high-quality smart feature for your home than multiple low-quality choices, especially if you end up needing to sell sooner than expected.
Investing in smart technology for your home will allow you to gain peace of mind, control and comfort. Whether you start with a home security system or you go all out, you’re sure to gain many benefits today and in the future from investing in home automation technology.
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