As visitors to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas saw, developers and manufacturers have been working overtime to create an impressive array of new home technology to make daily life more comfortable and efficient. Exhibitors demonstrated everything from smart mirrors that analyze the user’s face and skin and provide advice, to an automatic laundry-folding machine and a dishwasher that is controlled with a smartphone app and can order its own detergent when supplies run low. There have been significant advanced in the development of smart home technology components in the past couple of years, offering homeowners energy-saving opportunities and better security and convenience, as well.
- Connected HVAC Systems – All though smart thermostats are not brand new; the overall technology driving smart climate control systems is evolving rapidly. An integrated smart climate control system can automatically manage the air conditioning, forced air heat, radiant floor heating, and even geothermal or dual fuel systems for best energy efficiency, and give you an analysis of the system’s usage and efficiency through an app. Adjust settings manually, if you wish to create your perfect indoor climate, or allow the system to adjust as needed for maximum savings on heating and cooling costs.
- Intelligent Home Security – As the number of manufacturers producing smart home system components grows, homeowners are getting larger sets of choices that are compatible with the various smart home system hubs available on the market. One of the fastest growing segments in these components are security-related. Door locks, lights, smoke and carbon dioxide alarms, doorbell cameras and perimeter cameras, along with actual security sensors for doors windows, and gates are now available from multiple manufacturers, with more options available every month. Some homeowners’ insurance companies offer discounts for homes that are equipped with intelligent home security systems, so the cost of installing them may be offset to a significant degree.
- Whole-Home Smart Systems – Whole-home smart systems like Wink, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit are becoming increasingly useful as developers collaborate to create an increasing number of compatible devices to add to those systems. Voice control systems like Amazon Alexa work with a growing number of systems to allow you to speak directions to turn lights and fans on and off, adjust the thermostat, set the alarm system and lock or unlock doors, control the sprinkler system or garage door, run a robot vacuum cleaner, or listen to music anywhere in the house. With or without voice control, whole-home smart systems make daily life more convenient. Imagine being able to see who’s on your doorstep while you’re at work, unlock the gate for workmen when you’re not home, and set the vacuum to have the floors clean by the time you get home!
Build With New Home Technology In Mind
When you’re planning to build a custom home, it’s the best possible time to consider integrating a smart home system into your design plans. The experts at Barriere Construction can help you decide what features you need and want today and plan for future expansion of your smart home system in the future. Contact us to discuss your project and to learn more about how you can build a home that provides maximum energy efficiency, security, and comfort for your family.