If you have not yet fully embraced smart home technology, now is the time to get the ball rolling. Smart technology is transforming the way people live in numerous ways. In the home, it offers increased security, energy efficiency benefits, convenience and even entertainment. While smart home features are beneficial throughout the year, there are some features that may be particularly beneficial throughout the summer season. As you get your home ready for the fun months ahead, consider investing in some of these new features.
Smart Lightbulbs and Light Fixtures
Smart lightbulbs and light fixtures can be installed throughout your home and even for your exterior lighting. With this technology, you can turn the lights on and off as desired from your smartphone. You may be in bed and not remember if you turned the kitchen light off. You can simply check your phone to learn the status of the light and to make an adjustment. Because so many people travel during the summer months, this type of technology is particularly beneficial as a security feature. You can turn lights on and off in your home remotely to give the illusion that someone is in the home. This can deter criminal activity while you are away.
Remote Access to Your Blinds
You may be aware that automatic or remote-controlled blinds have been around for many years. This gives you the ability to open and close the blinds as desired while you are in the room via a remote control. This technology has evolved with smart technology. You can now adjust your blinds in any room of the home and from any location, and this includes blinds over your windows and even your glass doors. This gives you the ability to reduce solar heating as desired, and you can even adjust the blinds periodically if you are out of town on vacation to give off the appearance that someone is inside the house.
Affordable Home Security
Because you likely will be away from home quite a bit over the summer enjoying the great weather, vacationing with family and friends and more, you understandably want to protect your home as much as possible. Between the installation cost and ongoing monitoring fees associated with a traditional security system, this is not cost-effective for many people. With a cloud-based security monitoring camera, you can keep an eye on your home from any location. After the initial purchase of the camera, there is no ongoing monitoring fee. You can even replay the footage at a later time, and you can receive a message on your phone when the camera picks up movement. This feature puts your home’s security directly in your hands.
Smart Home Décor
You may not think that home décor could be integrated with smart home technology, but this is not the case. You can find everything from bedside lamps to aromatherapy diffusers that can be controlled through your smart home app on your phone. Some of these decorative items can be used to spruce up your home as you prepare to entertain houseguests throughout the summer. They also may have integration with Google Assistant or Alex. This means that they can be used for entertainment, such as to play specific games that these apps offer or to play music when you have guests over.
Smart home technology has evolved considerably in recent years, and it is now more beneficial for homeowners to take advantage of than ever before. You can incorporate some of these great technological ideas with many other smart home features that are also available, such as those that allow you to control your air conditioning system remotely. Regardless of the plans that you have for the summer months ahead, you can see that smart home technology offers incredible benefits that can help you in incredible ways. Now is the time to begin researching the options and making thoughtful improvements around the house.