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4 Smart Home Features Every Home Needs

04 January 2018
Kevin Hartley

This day in age, smartphones aren't the only smart device that is commonly used. Every time you turn around, there is a new smart product intended to make your life easier. The smart home that used to be a thing of the future is rapidly becoming normal. But when you are looking at updating your home to be a smart home, how do you know what products you should be using? Here are some features that you should focus on.

Smart Thermostat

A regular thermostat offers one standard temperature for the whole house, which can become a problem if you have a larger home. The temperature on may need to be warmer in some areas than others, but you don’t have that option. Using a smart thermostat instead can help solve that problem. Many smart thermostats use a zoned system, allowing you to set different temperatures for different parts of your home. You can also control the thermostat remotely, so you don’t waste energy. As a bonus, having an updated thermostat can help your HVAC system last longer, whichincreases the value of your home.

Smart Security Systems

Home automation and home securitygo hand in hand. The best way to protect your home on the go is to install a smart security system. This gives you the ability to monitor your home from anywhere on the go. Security systems have become far more advanced than a simple front door alarm. Now, you can have wireless locking mechanisms, automatic lights with the ability to turn them on or off over the internet, and cameras with siren functions and speaker systems to ward off potential intruders who may be causing trouble while you're out of town.

Smart Lights

Advanced lights and smart lighting systems give users the ability toadjust the lights remotely, change their intensity or brightness, and even alter the color of the light, making the atmosphere completely malleable. The possibilities regarding smart lighting give you the power to turn off that light you forgot about without getting up from your bed. Smart lighting systems usually use less energy, making it a great financial choice as well.

Smart Vacuuming

This may seem like it's been around for quite some time, but automatic vacuums are constantly improving. As they become more efficient and seamlessly keep your house in order, these vacuums are a prime, silent addition that every home needs to stay clean and remain a healthy environment. Many of them will remember your home layout, and they will evenreturn to their charging stationon their own.

The benefits of upgrading your home with smart capabilities are greater than ever and give you the distinct advantages of making day-to-day tasks much simpler while increasing the value of your home. There are limitless options, but these suggestions are a great way to start.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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