An Introduction to Smart Homes
Years ago, a smart home with integrated technology like the ones shown on the Jetsons or Back to The Future was a distant possibility that seemed like a dream. Now, we are still a long way from robot butlers and hover cars, but many of the technological integrations that power smart homes are already available. As technology advances, experts predict that smart homes that can be fully controlled remotely will become more prevalent. Here are some of the most popular technological innovations currently available in smart homes that you can look for as you shop.
Smart Thermostat Controls
Smart thermostat controls not only keep the home more comfortable, they help keep the home energy efficient and can end up lowering utility bills in the process. By programming the thermostat to correspond to the times of day and year that you need the home’s HVAC system to work the most, you can circumvent the need to constantly adjust the thermostat, which causes utility bills to surge. Many of these thermostats also monitor the air quality, helping you stay on top of when filters need to be changed or whether the unit needs maintenance.
Designed to make everyday tasks more efficient, smart refrigerators and ovens help to automate the most time-consuming tasks that working professionals face, like grocery shopping and cooking, Smart refrigerators not only see what is in your fridge, they can inform you about how fresh items are and what perishable items are set to expire. Ovens with integrated technology can be controlled remotely from a user’s computer or smart phone, so dinner can be ready by the time you arrive at home. On a weekly basis, this can add up to many hours saved for the average user and less food spoilage and waste.
Entertainment integration is becoming more of a norm in American homes, with devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home able to trigger music and movies. In the future, these systems will become even more integrated and able to predict the services you will want to use. Instead of having to tell the virtual home assistant of the future what you want it to do, chances are it will be able to use your habits to predict what you want and give it to you before you ask. For example, your alarm will go off in the morning at its usual time without you having to remember to set it, or the same playlist you like to listen to at breakfast will play in the morning.
If you’re looking for a smart home that can keep up with technology, the Core Group can help. Contact us to find out more about the homes for sale in Orlando and the surrounding areas.