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By: Leighton Gordon0 comments

The future has arrived, and the smart home is now a reality. No longer is the idea of a digitally-enhanced home something found in the pages of a science fiction novel or an episode of The Jetsons. These new smart homes are here, equipped with Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

From intelligent lighting, smart security systems to energy-saving bulbs – these new smart homes are customizable and can even learn your daily habits and tastes. The settings of your thermostat throughout the day, lighting brightness while at home or work, and when to activate/deactivate a security alarm can be based on your presence or proximity to your smart home.

Intelligent Lighting & Energy Saving

Intelligent lighting was once only used as stage lighting or for large, industrial products. Now they have entered the home, and have the ability to provide homeowners with a next-level,  home living experience.

These smart devices give homeowners more autonomy to disable lighting while away from home, or keep them on in only certain parts of the home when in use. When introduced with specialized bulbs, this functionality alone often helps consumers save money on their energy bills throughout the year.

These smart bulbs can dim a home without homeowners having to install dimmer switches for a set of fixtures in each room. They can often change colors as well, adding different moods to each room depending on how users set them.

These functions can also be controlled from anywhere, and usually have scheduling features so they can be toggled when you are home, at work, on vacation, or walking the dog. These bulbs are digital and they are generally not using the antiquated filaments that have traditionally increased energy costs for homeowners.

High Tech Security Systems

Another technology that can be monitored and adjusted from a home owner’s smartphone is high tech security systems. Smart security is a broad set of digital products that involves everything from alarm systems to camera setups that can be monitored from a variety of smart devices.

Older security systems would simply trigger an alarm and eventually, they automatically called the police. But now you can set and toggle smart security systems to monitor break-ins in real time to hopefully capture the image of criminals, trigger silent alarms that notify the proper authorities, and lock other areas of your home to ensure thieves cannot access other areas of your home.

These smart systems can even sniff out potential fires, water leaks, or carbon monoxide leaks.

Home Value

According to Consumer Reports, smart home features can boost your home’s resale value by up to 5% – that’s $15,000 on a $300,000 home and increase its market value. Research also shows that home appraisers are beginning to factor in the value of tech features.

New homebuyers are looking for these sleek technologies that keep their families safe, reduce expenses, and save them time and stress. Many homeowners can choose to install these affordable IoT systems before they sell their home, maximizing its resale value for a fraction of the cost that these technologies would have been a decade ago. Many of these smart devices can be found at any most commercial hardware or consumer goods stores, and even quick research online can reveal some of the best places to purchase things like sensor-enabled refrigerators, televisions, lighting systems, and security systems.

Finding a Smart HomeWe can assist you with purchasing a smart home or help you sell your home with smart devices to eager buyers in the market. Do you want to know more? Contact Us today or email me directly at contact@leightongordonllc.com and let us know how we can help you in your home search or home buying process.

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