Have you ever wanted to walk into a room and have the lights come on? Perhaps you’ve longed for a device that can do the vacuuming for you? With advances in technology and a little help from your smartphone, the ability to control household items is easier than you think.
Home automation is becoming increasingly popular in 2021, from smart lighting to security systems, down to controlling the temperature in each room. Smart home technology connects your house items to smart speakers and display systems, allowing you to monitor and control your energy and household appliances via voice command through a digital assistant or remotely, straight from your mobile phone.
Simply connect your smart home devices to the internet, and you’re set to send information, communicate, and command your technology to do exactly what you want, when you want. Favored smart assistants include the Amazon Echo or the Google Nest Hub, ideal for setting up lights, HVAC systems and home security.
Inexpensive smart home features include linking lights to turn on and off whenever you choose to more advanced devices like security cameras. These devices can all be installed to fit your needs and budget, bringing your home up to speed with the latest technology whilst making your life easier.
Property owners and landlords are looking for more sustainable ways to run their buildings to ensure they modernize their space and generate consistent income. Property investment company RWinvest believe buildings with smart features and eco-friendly systems already installed will put these developments ahead of the competition when it comes to buying, selling and renting properties. So whether you’re renovating, looking for your first home or wanting to bring your rental property up to date, home automation is a step in the right direction.
We’ve put together some of the smart home devices to include in your property in 2021. Keep reading to find out more.
Smart lighting is the cheapest way to revamp a home and lead a more sustainable life. Control the smart bulbs straight from your phone or tablet, and enjoy scheduling when your lamps and lights turn on and off, as well as implementing gradual winding down routines to help you to fall asleep. People strive to equip their homes with the latest technology, which can be as simple as changing a lightbulb. Thankfully, most homes have electricity, but if we can have wireless control, we no longer have to get up and physically turn a switch on or off, then this takes our lighting up a level.
Some state of the art smart lighting systems can even detect when someones in a room and adjust the lights accordingly. There are many smart light sources available that can be managed on a circuit or by using smart bulbs. Either way, enjoy setting the appropriate lighting for your home from your phone, tablet or via a digital assistant.
When installing smart lights, you can choose smart switches that manage all the sources on a circuit or use smart bulbs. Whichever route you decide to take, you’ll have wireless control via your smartphone, tablet, or with a voice assistant.
Invest in a smart thermostat and never worry about forgetting to switch off your heating or cooling system again. One of the best things about having wireless control over your home’s energy systems is that you can remotely monitor your energy consumption.
As well as having the ability to control your heating or air-conditioning when you’re away from the property, you can also use smart thermostats to adjust your HVAC systems for you automatically.
Create a schedule that works for you to ensure you manage your energy supply in the most efficient way possible. Property owners have saved thousands by installing smart thermostats and reduced their carbon footprint by limiting the amount of energy they were otherwise wasting.
Smart security systems
Many residential properties now include smart security systems made up of both audio and visual technology. Smart security systems have easy to fit wireless sensors that send live footage and alerts straight to your smartphone or chosen device.
Sensors can recognize when a door or window is opened or closed, ensuring high levels of security at all times. Use the visual features to keep an eye on your home and look out for any unexpected visitors. Some security installations can also give remote access should there be an emergency where you need to gain entry.