Fantastic home technologies are cropping up in all types of properties across Denver and the nation. Buying a home lets you tap into the excitement of upgrading your living space with the gadgets of the future. Some of these gizmos have been around for a while in various forms, like robotic vacuum cleaners, while others, like the solar shingles from Tesla and other manufacturers, are on the cutting edge of home tech. As with so much in technology, these revolutionary concepts will probably become standard in a few years’ time, so now is the time to get in on the ground floor!
Protecting that ground floor is a huge component of safety. It’s a good thing you have smart locks that require a code or fingerprint in addition to your keys, and cooperate with your smartphone to let you know when doors are being opened. You can also purchase a garage door opener that allows you to swipe to open your door and alerts you each time it goes up or down.
Alarms & Cameras
For safety inside your home, opt for smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – instead of frantic beeping that doesn’t exactly tell you anything, you’ll get customized data as to what is going wrong and where. Lastly, make use of indoor and outdoor cameras that give you the chance to peek in on your home from anywhere, to reassure you that all is safe and sound.
Now that you’re protected by smart home technology, you can use it to make your life easier! Install a smart thermostat that you can program and change from your phone, get that robotic vacuum cleaner running, and easily tweak your mood lighting with bulbs that change brightness and color from an app. Use your intelligent oven to create perfectly cooked dinners. With a wireless speaker system, you’ll be able to seamlessly listen to your favorite tunes all throughout your house.
Smart home technologies also help you save the environment and your cash. Sprinkler systems are a new area for smart development, with sensors to detect how wet the ground is, and even Wi-Fi capabilities to check the forecast and determine whether to turn on the sprinklers, all without you getting involved. Solar roof shingles are becoming more accessible and can be beneficial for both the planet and your pocket. If you want to save money on your bills, you can purchase an energy consumption monitor to track where your big energy spenders are and stay on top of them before the charges hit.
One humble but potentially life-changing introduction to a new smart home is with a Wi-Fi-connected outlet, a smart plug. It plugs into your wall and you can plug any device you want into it – your TV, coffeemaker or air conditioning unit – and then turn the power off and on through your smartphone. If you just want to dip your toe into these radical home technologies, a smart plug is a great start. But don’t be surprised if you end up asking for a wireless speaker system and garage door opener for the holidays!
What other smart home technology are you excited about? I’d love to hear your thoughts!