Years ago we didn’t see keyless entries, home surveillance, or apps that controlled appliances. Fast forward to now where “smart homes” are becoming more common. You can now lock your front door, set the temperature, turn on the oven, and watch a live-stream of their home - all from their cell phones. Many homes for sale in Vancouver offer smart home technology because it is what buyers are looking for in today’s market. Certain smart technology can also benefit a vacant listing as well. Smart alarms notify fire or police in case of a fire emergency, helping sellers to keep their investment protected and notified. Below are ways to implement smart technology throughout your home.
Smart speakers are the do-it-all hub of your smart home. These virtual assistants connect all of your smart technology (thermostats, lighting, security, music, and more) allowing you to control everything by simply talking to them. The speakers are small and can blend in with your decor. By placing several smart speakers in all the rooms in your house, you’ll always have complete control of all your smart devices.
Your current electronics may not be compatible to sync with your phone, however, with smart plugs home automation is easier than ever. Plug the smart outlet in your existing outlet and allow older devices to be controlled through smart home apps and smart speakers, turning your hand-me-down floor lamp or old coffee maker into a smart device. Smart plugs even help you calculate how much each device is adding to your energy bill, so you can identify costly appliances that need to be replaced.
Programmable thermostats have been around for many years. Set your thermostat to turn on or off, or raise or lower the temperature depending on when you need heating or cooling. Of course the programmable thermostat has come a long way and now some ‘learn your schedule’ and programs itself. It can even be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and it could save you up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Robot vacuums do the vacuuming for you, making frequent trips around your home to pick up dirt, debris, crumbs, pet hair, and whatever else is lying around before returning themselves to their charging stations. Best part is there is no installation required. Just set up the charging dock and you’re set.