Technology evolves so quickly that we sometimes feel like futuristic developments just spring up out of nowhere. This is how many feel about some of the home automation technology on the market today. Being able to control so many features around your home –whether it’s your lights, your heating and cooling systems, or your garage door– from the tap of a button on your phone is pretty cool. What you may not know, though, is that setting up home automation can provide peace of mind and save you money! Here’s how.
Prevent Water Waste
Most homeowners know that when there are problems involving water in your house, things can get very expensive. Whether it’s water leaking without you realizing it (a running toilet, for instance) or a pipe that bursts when you’re not home, homeowners can end up spending a lot of money taking care of water issues. The price of wasted water plus the cost of repairing flooring, drywall, appliances, and furniture can climb sky high. This can largely be avoided with the use of home automation technology. One item we like is in Honeywell’s Lyric product line. It detects water leaks and notifies you via your smartphone, allowing you to shut off your water supply before things get ugly.
Save Money on Heating and Cooling
Having a programmable thermostat in this day and age is a must. Long gone are the days when you had to constantly tinker with your thermostat to keep your home at a desired temperature throughout the day. There are many great products available today that automate this process and allow you to set the temperature of your home to be how you want it and when you want it.
Have a rigid work schedule? Program your thermostat to lie low during the day and kick on before you get home. Have your HVAC system wind down again when you go to bed and pick up around the time you wake up. Making such changes can save you up to 20% on energy costs each year! This adds up to significant savings, since temperature regulation makes up a large percentage of your monthly energy bill. We suggest checking out a Nest thermostat, which uses advanced algorithms to learn your heating and cooling preferences and then save you money on your energy bill.
Many homeowners worry when they’re away from home and can’t check in to make sure everything is okay. Whether it’s a fire, plumbing disaster, or a break-in, so many things can potentially go wrong that could result in costly repairs. However, with new technology from a variety of companies, you can keep an eye on your home from your smartphone no matter how far away you are. Smarthome offers many useful products, such as a system that notifies your smartphone when doors are opened in your home, and remote monitoring/operating capabilities for your garage door.