In 2022, smart home technology is more prevalent than ever. It can be used to make your daily life easier, safer, and more enjoyable; and in doing so has redefined what the modern household looks like.
For this reason, owners of new and old homes alike are looking to invest in smart home technology. But deciding what kind of smart technology to put in your home can be challenging, especially for those who aren’t tech-savvy.
PAXISgroup, as a team of Lake Oconee builders, has gained familiarity with these technologies during past projects. In this blog, we’ll break down three popular types of smart home technology, what they’re useful for, and give you some tips on how to make your home a smart home.
1. Home Security Systems
Security is one of the most common and effective uses of smart technology in homes. However, like all forms of smart technology, smart home security systems can look different depending on the specifications of each home and homeowner. One homeowner might only install a video-camera doorbell, while another might opt for a multi-camera setup and motion sensors.
Generally speaking, though, smart security systems often consist of cameras, motion-sensor lights, smart locks, security sensors, and more.
With smart home security, you can monitor and secure your home remotely. Live video doorbells and security camera feeds give you the ability to see what’s going on at home even when you’re away. Plus, having automated locks and windows allows you to lock up with the click of a button or unlock the door if someone forgot their key.
This convenience can do a ton to improve your everyday life and peace of mind. No more worrying about whether you locked up before leaving the house when you can simply check with an app on your smartphone. Smart lights will greet you when you get home from an evening out to keep the heebie-jeebies at bay. And if anything is off at home, whether it be a fire or break-in, you can have peace of mind that your smart security system has alerted the proper authorities for you. These systems can also help reduce response times and even prevent false alarms!
2. Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat might seem like a mere utility, but it can be a major luxury for you and your home. Smart thermostats learn your schedule for you and adjust your home temperature accordingly. They can turn off your heating and cooling during periods of the day when no one is around; they can also be programmed with personal preferences so your home is always at the perfect temperature at any given time of day.
By learning your schedule and allowing you to turn off your heating and cooling remotely, smart thermostats can help you save money on your utility bills. They can also reduce your environmental impact. Most smart thermostats look sharp too, coming in sleek modern designs that put their bulky predecessors to shame. And you don’t have to be building a smart home from the ground up to try one; though we can’t promise they’ll work with every home, most homes are smart-thermostat compatible no matter how old the heating and cooling system is. This adaptability and versatility make smart thermostats one of the most used pieces of smart technology in modern homes.
3. Hands-Free and Automated Everything
At its core, smart technology is about convenience. It’s about making your daily life easier and more enjoyable in any form possible, which is why hands-free and automated technology tends to be a key part of smart homes.
You can have almost complete autonomy over your home environment with outlet plugs and smart lights that can be controlled with a simple voice command. But why stop there? You can also get tile bathroom floors programmed to heat up every morning just in time for your shower; a smart speaker for ordering food or playing music; lights that are fully automated; garage doors with proximity sensors and full automation with your phone; music in different zones that can be controlled by multiple devices; TVs that can be used to stream, monitor security, play music or gaming; cut your grass or vacuum your home when your away; a fridge that makes your grocery list for you; plus other smart home luxuries. Take a moment to contemplate which technologies fit your lifestyle best and buy accordingly!
Building a Custom Smart Home on Lake Oconee
Smart technology is just one facet of your Lake Oconee custom home. Read our custom home building guide for information on the rest of the process, such as finding land, hiring a team, construction, and creating a budget. Or, to get started turning your house into a smart house, speak to a smart home builder today.