Upgrading your luxury home to a smart home is a smart move. With the advent of the “internet of things”, it is possible for your home to be connected in a way it could never before be. These upgrades make your home efficient and convenient, and they’re definitely attractive to buyers. In fact, luxury home buyers have come to expect that homes they look at will be smart homes.
But how do you get started? You can definitely start small with some of the more easy and affordable upgrades, and work your way up from there. Here are some top five suggestions of easy upgrades you can make with our help.
Although programmable thermostats have been around for more than 50 years, newer smart thermostats do the thinking for you. They sense whether you are at home or away from home, and adjust your home temperature accordingly. At a cost of around $250, these smart thermostats save you almost as much per year in electricity use.
Roughly 10 percent of an electric bill goes to the cost of lighting your home. Smart lighting includes sensor systems to turn on lights when you walk into a room, or dimmer switches for certain times of the day. These systems are controlled by your smart phone, and include outdoor lighting as well to increase security and make your luxury home beautiful all at the same time.
Smart door locks work with Wifi or Bluetooth to allow you to unlock your door with your smartphone. The locks can be programmed to allow certain family members or friends to access your home. You’ll never have to worry about losing your keys again—just don’t lose your phone!
Smart smoke detectors are a great safety feature that can save you money on your insurance premium, since most home fire fatalities happen when smoke detectors are broken or even missing. These detectors monitor smoke, carbon dioxide and air quality, to distinguish between a fire and normal cooking smoke. They’ll even send a signal to your smartphone when you’re away from home.
If you cringed when you paid your last water bill, you’re not alone. Regular lawn watering in hot climates uses a lot of money, so smart programmable sprinklers can save you significant costs—anywhere from 30 to 65 percent on your water bill. The devices automatically adjust your watering to account for the season and rainfall and best of all you can control it from your smart phone.
Our company currently offers these smart upgrades and many more for our luxury home clients. We will provide a free consultation for smart home planning. For more info or for upgrades to your home contact us direct.