Is it time for smart home technology
The future is here for the most part. Technology is making homes more functional and efficient every day. We’ve become used to seeing the words “smart home” in stores and on tv but for most people, its been a thought we haven’t considered due to price until now.
A smart home is a home that incorporates advanced automation systems, giving homeowners monitoring and control over the home’s functions. From smart appliances that remember your cooking preferences, to digital assistants that know when to order groceries or even heat up your shower - smart home technology is making life more fun and easier every single day. With smart home technology, homeowners can increase their comfort, security and convenience at all times, and you don’t even have to be at home.
Smart home technology is one of the fastest growing segments in the design/build market as homeowners become more and more interested in how their homes can work for them. In the early stages around 2012/13 the technology was focused on mechanical systems like furnaces and window controls. With today’s smart phones and app-based cloud devices, the smart home is becoming a reality for many families.
The technology systems that were once incredibly expensive and required major renovations are now more affordable and can be installed with minimum impact thanks to your home-based WiFi.
Features of a smart home
The idea behind “smart home” is that your home is designed to increase your security and your comfort. From the lighting sightings that can adjust while you’re out of town, to remote controlled blinds and central sound systems, smart home installations set the foundation for your home’s personality and functionality. We can break smart home features into a couple of main categories.
Smart Rooms: including lighting, sound and temperature control.
Smart Appliances: including refrigerators, steam ovens, slow cookers and coffee makers.
Smart Fixtures and Accessories: including faucets, mirrors and toilets and more.
Below is a video from Samsung showing how functional their smart refrigerator can be for your family.
Digital home assistants
“Alexa, order paper towels”. We’ve all said something similar to this one right? Maybe Amazon Alexa calls Uber for you, keeps your home buzzing with music or controls your family room lights and fans. If you’re an iPhone user, you might also be employing the home features and products that are designed to sync with Apple technology.
Digital assistants, including conveniences specific to your bathrooms and kitchens that can maintain grocery lists, convert units of measure, look up recipes, run multiple timers, control temperature and ventilation, preheat ovens, set digital controls and more are becoming - well… normal.
One company leading the way in smart technology is Quadrant Homes. The company’s line of HomeSmart™ features are designed to simplify homeowners’ lives with doorbells that allow you to see and speak with visitors at your door from anywhere. You can also open garage doors from your smartphone and install front door hardware that allows you to lock doors with your smartphone. Thermostats that learn your home’s patterns and programs to help you save energy are becoming standard issue as well as lights that can be turned on from anywhere. The limitations are now far and few.
At Woodland Remodeling, we can partner with technology specialists and manufactures to bring smart home living into your next remodel to ensure that we create the home experience that you’ve dreamed of.