TO­MOR­ROW’S FU­TURE HOME IS HERE

Highfields' Own - - Real Estate -

Tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing the way we in­ter­act with our homes. The idea of a smart home is no longer a dream.

To­day, you can au­to­mate your lights and other elec­tri­cal de­vices all from your phone, says Mort­gage Choice.

Your fridge can tell you when some­thing needs re­plac­ing, while your heater can au­to­mat­i­cally come on 15 min­utes be­fore you ar­rive home.

Not only do th­ese “smart” tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ments make things more ef­fi­cient in a home, but they can also help a home­owner sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce their elec­tric­ity and en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Re­gard­less of your needs, there is prob­a­bly a suit­able app on the mar­ket that can help you achieve your goals.

Think ahead:

If you’re build­ing a house (and can af­ford to do so) con­sider im­ple­ment­ing smart tech from the be­gin­ning. This will help you re­duce in­stal­la­tion and wiring costs down the line.

Talk to a pro­fes­sional:

Home au­to­ma­tion can be a costly en­deav­our, par­tic­u­larly if you plan on in­stalling wiring through­out your house.

Any in­ter­nal wiring you de­cide to do should be done by a cer­ti­fied elec­tri­cian who will guar­an­tee the work­man­ship and pro­vide you with a war­ranty.

Here are just some of the ways you can au­to­mate your home.

Se­cu­rity:

Cam­eras and mo­tion sen­sors can be set up through­out your home and ac­cessed through your mo­bile de­vices.

Th­ese sys­tems will send you an alert if there is ever a se­cu­rity breach, with some de­vices ac­tu­ally pro­grammed to take photos and/or videos of your in­trud­ers.

You can set up door and garage locks to open or close as you (and your phone) ap­proach.

You can also set up your fire alarms so that they sync with your se­cu­rity sys­tem.

That way, if ever there is a fire while you are away from the dwelling, the se­cu­rity alarm will send you a no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Light­ing:

Try­ing to ward off thieves? Most sys­tems will al­low you turn on lights re­motely to give the im­pres­sion that you’re home of an evening.

In ad­di­tion, th­ese sys­tems can al­low you to see whether or not you left the lights on af­ter you left for work.

You can also in­stall sen­sor lights that switch on au­to­mat­i­cally when they de­tect ac­tiv­ity in a space.

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