What is the connected home?
Like many homeowners, we don’t have time to stay up-to-date on all of the new technology that may or may not help simplify our lives.
Home automation helps control various essentials like the use of electricity, heat and air conditioning.
Why is home automation on the rise?
In addition to the simplicity and convenience, it provides homeowners with extra savings:
“People with home automation see home insurance savings of 20% (on average) or $1,154 a year.”
Plus, with monthly energy savings, which is an additional $16.50 per month (on average), the average homeowner can save about $1,300 per year!
And how does home automation work?
The three major reasons make sense because they all related to understanding how your home works. Plus, added security protects your home, but more importantly provides safety and peace of mind for your family.
Control Energy Usage
Perhaps the most discussed advantage of automating your home systems is the ability to control your home temperature.
Homeowners have had the ability to set thermostats and time changes in heat and air for many years. However, new technology goes a step further because automation allows you to create a custom schedule for not only your thermostat, but also lights and other appliances.
Additionally, if the software is linked to your smartphone, then sensors can adjust your home’s temperature based on your location – not schedule. If you get stuck in the office, then your heat or air won’t start up until you get close to home!
Home automation lets your energy system “work smarter – not harder” and are useful for your entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system to control your overall energy needs.
Experts advise homeowners to incorporate the following items into their home automation system.
- Use of a Smart Thermostat
- Set Up “Away” Alerts
- Ensure Mobile Control
- Get a Home Energy Checkup
If you are going through the work to control and understand your energy usage, then find a professional home energy expert and have them look at your house.
At SolvIt, we are a certified to work with Connecticut’s major utility companies, such as UI and Eversource. We work within their energy efficiency programs, which helps provide our customers with the ability to take advantage of any and all state-wide rebates.
Plus, we provide free estimates for all installation work and even offer FREE second opinions, so if you are serious about understanding your energy usage, then call today to schedule your home energy checkup.
Prevent Expensive Damage
At SolvIt, we are big fans of preventative maintenance. Through regular maintenance, we have seen firsthand how homeowners can help reduce expensive damage when things like the furnace or hot water heater break.
By actively monitoring major appliances and measuring temperature changes throughout your pipes, then homeowners are in better position to spot pending issues before they strike.
Homeowners can install some sensors to provide alerts that will help identify potential concerns, such as:
- Water Damage
- Frozen Pipes
- Excessive Humidity
The alerts will not fix any issues, but will provide the time to call a professional and trusted plumber to fix any problems – before they strike!
Provide Additional Security for Your Home and Family
Added security might be the biggest benefit to home automation. Although not heavily discussed, security is ultimately the primary concern for most homeowners.
Afterall, we own homes to provide shelter and stability for our families. If there are simple things you can do to ensure the safety of your family, it makes sense to add them.
From mundane questions, such as “did I lock the front door?” to “did that storm cause anything to hit the house?” leveraging software to keep on eye on your home makes perfect sense.
Much of the talk about home security relates to sensors on your locks, but in reality, there is much more that can be done to keep your home secure.
For example, smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors provide peace of mind. In truth, there is no such thing as having too much security and one simple way to control your home security is through costs effective smart batteries. These batteries instantly make everything connected!
While evaluating what you want and do not want to control, keep in mind that there are pros and cons of incorporating piecemeal systems (pieces from various companies) compared to a complete system (all purchased from the same company).
Consumer Reports provides an overview of the security products that work – and those that don’t in this short video explaining home automation.
How Much Does Home Automation Cost?
Home automation costs may vary, but on average, can be completed for around $1,300.
Remember the annual cost savings?
On average, homeowners save about $1,300 per year, which means the savings pay for itself within the first year!
As software continues to enter our homes, then the number of products available to consumers grows. For a review of the top products, including costs, pros and cons, then consider the following reviews from Safe Sound Family or PC Mag.
Whether it is called the smart home or home automation or connected home – using software to understand how your home operates makes sense. From added security to multiple ways to save, the benefits of home automation provide simple ways to add control over your home.