Remember the early 90’s? Between pagers, huge “bag” mobile phones, walkmen, calculators, and so on, we had more tools on our belts than Batman. With the rise of smart phones and the connected web, we’ve been able to reduce many of these devices to just one.
Whether it’s an iPhone, Android or other smart phone, we’ve been able to have a portable computer in our pocket. This has opened a whole new world, allowing us to interconnect and control devices remotely, sometimes referred to as the “Internet of Things”.
Making Your Life Safer and More Convenient
The Internet Of Things is still in its early stages, but the speed of adoption of this technology when it comes to controlling our home environment has been astounding. Many companies have come out with ‘smart’ wifi-connected thermostats that can “learn” from your daily movements around your house, to adjust the temperature automatically and adaptively. In addition to automatically adjusting home comfort based on your preferences, these thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely. This means that you can adjust the temperature at your beach house while you are on the highway, so it’s pleasantly cool when you get there. You could also adjust the temperature up in your house, even if you are on vacation, to prevent your pipes from freezing, or adjust the temperature if you forgot to do so before going away, to save energy and money.
While there are many companies competing in this new market for home automation, we are particularly impressed with the system developed by Trane. The Nexia system works seamlessly with Trane HVAC systems, but also works with Schlage smartlocks, allowing you to also control the door access for your home remotely. You can set up different codes, allowing each family member to have their own home access, but also set up codes allowing access to trusted service providers. When a code is used, you can be alerted by text or email, so you know exactly when someone enters your home, regardless of where you might be. Our customers love this as a way to know when their kids have come home from school, or when their guests have arrived, or when the housekeeper is there, just as an example.
The Nexia system also allows you to control the lighting in your home remotely. This can not only help you save money (Did the kids turn off the lights when they left in the morning?) but also help provide additional security and convenience, all from your smartphone, wherever you are.
Adding Real Value to Your Home
If convenience and cost savings weren’t enough, articles in the New York Times, Alot.com and and Coldwell Banker have all reported that home automation systems may increase the value of your home by as much as 3% to 7%, while making it more attractive to prospective buyers. In addition, MarketWatch has predicted that the home automation market will be $100 Billion dollar industry by 2020, so we can expect that this trend will not only continue, but soon become a larger differentiation factor when buyers are looking at comparable homes.
If you’re looking to make an upgrade to your home that increases your comfort and convenience while adding additional value to your home, home automation systems like Nexia are a great choice. Certainly, when you are upgrading your home’s HVAC system, adding on home automation may be just the thing to ensure you maximize the value of your home, not only for you, but for any prospective buyers on the horizon. In short, it’s just a good, sensible investment for your home.