Con­trol your home from the palm of your hand

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Have you ever rushed out of the house and won­dered if you locked the door? In­stead of second-guess­ing your­self, check your smart phone or tablet for in­stant con­fir­ma­tion and peace of mind. On the off chance you did for­get - don’t fret. Re­motely bolt your con­nected door locks with a few sim­ple swipes on your smart home app.

Even though it sounds too good to be true, the fu­ture has ar­rived. Ex­perts from The Home De­pot Canada share smart home tips on how you can gain quick and se­cure ac­cess to your home from any­where in the world: Smart homes have re­de­fined the mean­ing of a safe home. “With Wi-Fi-en­abled se­cu­rity sys­tems, you are no­ti­fied the mo­ment some­one en­ters your home,” says Craig Bowler, smart home prod­uct ex­pert and mer­chant. “Or, you can use se­cu­rity smart cams for re­al­time vi­su­als, viewed di­rectly from your de­vice.” You will al­ways know if your kids have ar­rived safely after school.

Already cozy in bed but for­got to close the blinds down­stairs? With the touch of a but­ton on your phone, you can con­trol the in­di­vid­ual smart light bulbs, switches and blinds from any­where in the world, in­clud­ing the com­fort of your bed­room. Smart home prod­ucts lower your home en­ergy usage with a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tions that ben­e­fit both the en­vi­ron­ment and your bank ac­count.

If you left the house early for work and the sprin­kler is set to run, but you no­tice it rained all morn­ing you can avoid over­wa­ter­ing with smart sprin­klers. They lever­age tech­nol­ogy to sense lo­cal weather and hu­mid­ity. “Smart ther­mostats let you ad­just the tem­per­a­ture of your home to avoid wast­ing en­ergy,” says Bowler. Some smart ther­mostats, like the Nest Learn­ing Ther­mo­stat, also learn your daily tem­per­a­ture pref­er­ences, and begin to make ad­just­ments ac­cord­ingly.

Ready to start build­ing your smart home? More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.home­de­pot.ca.

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