Technology is moving at such a rapid rate, and there are a number of brilliant advancements that can improve your home space, save you money and increase security. You can create a smart system that does all the work for you, with everything from smart shades to window technology and clever locking systems that make your home tech-savvy and easy to monitor. Here are some of our favourite smart systems for your home this 2015.
When your home becomes a sauna during the summer months and opening a window doesn’t cool your space, an air conditioning system is definitely a lifesaver. While air conditioning units have become much cheaper and more energy efficient, you still waste energy when you come home and turn the A/C on full blast. Instead, with new smart technology, you can set your air conditioner to turn on before you arrive home so it gradually cools your space and saves you a hefty electricity bill. The air conditioner can be controlled from your Android or iOS app too, so you can control it while you’re on the move.
Did you know that you can use technology to control your window shades? You can now use your smartphone to program “scenes” or “moods” if you want to create a different ambiance in your home. Whether you want to set a romantic mood for a dinner party or close the blinds completely for maximum privacy, you can control it all at the touch of a button.
Heat gain and heat loss have traditionally been an issue with glass in windows, skylights and sunrooms. Sunlight streaming through your windows is wonderful but along with that comes fading of floors, carpets and furniture . In the past few years, high performance glass has come a long way in mitigating these problems. Reflective coatings and Low E films have had a huge impact on lowering energy costs, preventing heat build-up and loss, and eliminating costly fading. These glass coatings allow natural light to shine through the windows but blocks up to 97% of infrared lighting, 99% of UV rays and 60% of heat! This is the perfect solution if you want to keep your space nice and bright, but maintain consistent room temperatures and save on air conditioning and heating bills.
You can now lock or unlock your door at the touch of your finger. Smart home locking systems allow you to monitor who is coming in and out of your house, assign virtual keys and receive security alerts through the smartphone app. You can even get designs that look like a regular lock as part of their security function, to throw off any potential intruders. You can also get a security app that lets you know if your window is locked or unlocked.
If you feel guilty about leaving your pets at home throughout the day, you might want to invest in a pet cam. Brands such as Pet Cube have created small pet cameras that allow you to see what your pet is up to throughout the day, communicate with them using the microphone feature, and shine a laser pointer to entertain them!
What’s your opinion on smart systems for your home? Do you think it’s worth the investment?