Energy Saving and Security Enhancing Smart Home Technology
Regardless of whether you’re at home every day or away for an extended vacation, you would want the energy in your home to be running optimally and effectively, and accomplishing two main purposes: providing all the functionality that your household needs and keeping all security systems working at all times. This way, you are assured of living in (and leaving behind) a comfortable and well-protected home that is also designed to be energy-efficient and friendly to the environment.
In this regard, homeowners can tap the capabilities of innovative smart home technology that can perform a number of important roles. Clever devices and systems can help make the house appear to have inhabitants even when the whole family is away, or they can regulate the indoor temperature and monitor the movements throughout the home. The results would be bigger energy savings, a more secure home, and greater peace of mind for the homeowners (especially since they can exercise this control over their home with the use of their smartphones or tablets).
Eager to learn more about such smart devices? Here are examples of functionalities (and energy-saving tips) that you can consider for your own home:
Better temperature control
There are thermostats that can be accessed from a simple smartphone app. You can use the app to analyze thermostat usage and adjust temperature levels according to the average activity of family members within the home. This can help you lower your energy bills. Smart phone controled thermostats can vary in price range. We typically install the Lyric by Honeywell.
Increased home security
There is a portable device that comes equipped with motion sensors and an HD video camera that can be linked to a smartphone. When you’re away from home, you can use the GPS in your phone to find out if your family members are coming home or going out. It can even tell the difference between the movements of regular residents and pets from that of intruders, and send an alert to your phone. You can then activate the camera and take a look inside your house.
More effective detection of carbon monoxide and smoke
The smarter versions of these detectors display a glowing green light that lets you know there’s no need to replace batteries yet. They can also be easily waved off if any smoke it detects is caused by a minor thing, like burnt toast. If there is a threat detected, it uses a human voice to alert the household, and if there is a carbon monoxide leak, it will work with a smart thermostat to cut power to the furnace.
Greater control from your smart phone
Your smartphone or tablet can take control of any device plugged into a smart outlet. These include outdoor lights, motion sensors, and even coffee pots. This way, your phone becomes a remote control that can help you turn devices on or off as needed to save energy.
It’s exciting to see how new technologies are helping people to become more mindful of how they use valuable energy in their homes. Each time they step into or out of the house, they can be assured that their sanctuary is safe and all devices are working properly—and that they are using only the necessary amount of energy to keep things so.