We certainly live in a technology-driven world. We see amazing new technologies all around us: driverless vehicles, intelligent assistants, Internet chatbots. These technologies are also increasingly coming to our homes. Besides the gee whiz factor, these smart home technologies also offer real benefits by making our lives easier and safer.
Home robots like Roomba reduce the time and energy we must spend on strenuous daily chores. Wireless security cameras can monitor our front door and notify us when someone is there, even when we’re not. Smart assistants like Alexa can help manage our appointments and keep us informed and on schedule.
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Home technologies can also save money. Smart home energy monitors keep track of our energy usage. They can help us identify areas where we can save energy costs, such as by turning off appliances and lights when not in use.
Here are 10 smart home technologies that can improve your life and save you money.
1. Smart Thermostats
The latest automated thermostats incorporate motion sensors to detect which rooms you and your family are in and adjust the temperatures accordingly. You can set the temperature range and even make adjustments remotely using an app.
2. Water Leak Sensors
Water leaks are a huge problem in American homes. Over 14,000 people have a water damage emergency each day. Furthermore, 98% of basements in U.S. homes will have some type of water damage during their lifespans. Even a tiny leak can result in hundreds of gallons of wasted water each year, and create a breeding ground for dangerous mold buildup.
Water sensors attach to your home’s pipes and use ultrasonic technology to detect leaks. They can send water usage data directly to your phone and alert you in case of a leak.
Home water monitoring systems can also check for impurities in the tap water and notify you of any problems. They can also monitor your water usage patterns and give suggestions for saving water.
3. Smart Lighting
Smart lighting systems are networked and voice-activated. You can instruct the system to turn lights on or off in specific rooms so you can avoid banging your toe on something in the dark. You can also control the system remotely with an app, so you don’t have to wonder whether you left a light on when you went out, and you can program the system to turn lights on at specific times to make it look like people are at home.
4. Smart Outlets
This smart technology even extends to electrical outlets. You can turn appliances on and off remotely, and set timers on your outlets to save energy. Smart home technologies like this can save you money.
5. Smart Air Conditioners
Air conditioning systems are becoming smarter as well. Both central and portable AC systems are available that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone app. They also work with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. You can adjust the flow in individual rooms with and set it to raise the temperature when you go out and lower it when you’re back.
6. Automatic Faucets
Just like the ones at the office or the mall, you can have automatic faucets installed at home to turn on the water flow when they detect motion and turn off when you move your hands away. This can be handy when you’re preparing a meal and want to avoid constantly having to turn the water on and off manually.
Digital faucets display the water temperature and automatically adjust depending on your personal preference. They help you save water, because you don’t have to turn on the faucet and let it run while you adjust the hot and cold handles to get the temperature just right.
Instead, smart faucets preheat or precool the water to your preferred temperature before you even turn on the faucet. Smart faucets are more expensive than the conventional kind, but pay off in as little as a month in saved water usage.
7. Smart Sprinklers
If your home has an underground sprinkler system, a digital controller enables you to turn the system on and off and set the watering schedule using an app. It even checks the weather forecast for when rain is expected, and modifies the watering schedule accordingly.
Smart controllers go further by providing watering recommendations. You give the app information about your lawn size and type of grass, and it determines the best watering schedule, taking into account how fast the water soaks into the ground or evaporates.
8. Air Quality Monitors
Since most people spend the vast majority of their time indoors, indoor air quality is an important issue. Indoor air pollutants can cause serious health problems like irritation of the eyes and sinuses, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. They have also been linked to respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. Sometimes these problems appear years after repeated exposure.
A smart air quality monitor notifies you of changes in air quality in your home. It also tells you about the air composition and humidity in each room. You can carry one around your house to check the air quality throughout your home.
9. Smart Door Locks
Never worry about locking yourself out of your house again. Smart door locks attach to your existing locks and unlock the door when your smartphone is close. They also enable you to lock and unlock the door remotely, so you can let someone in without being at home. When an exterior door opens, you get a notification so you can keep track of activity in your home.
Smart garage door openers are also available that connect to your home Wi-Fi network and enable you to check whether your garage door is open, and close or open it remotely.
10. Smart Sleep Monitors
Smart sleep monitors fit underneath your sheets and monitor your nightly sleep cycles and movements. You can monitor the data and check how deeply you’ve slept and your general sleep patterns. You can try out different sleeping positions and times to see the effect on your sleep quality.
Wearable wrist sleep trackers are also available that record when you fall asleep and when you wake up, how you move during the night, and the light and temperature in your bedroom. They can even track the phases of your sleep and set your alarm to go off when you’re sleeping less deeply, for minimum interference with your sleep.
Smart home technologies like these can make your life easier, save you money, and even improve your health. They give you peace of mind and help you spend less time and effort on house chores, so you can focus more on enjoying your life.
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