According to a recent survey by Houzz, almost half of all home renovations now include at least one smart device or system for the home. A smart device or system is one that can be controlled or monitored by using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Below are some of the most popular smart home automation options to consider integrating into your next home renovation project.
Entertainment and Audio Upgrades
High on the list of desired home technology upgrades is an entertainment system that provides distributed audio and video throughout the home. By adding smart automation features into the mix, you can expand the possibilities of your entertainment center by avoiding unsightly wires, worrying about keeping track of all your remotes, and control over audio. You can also include features that allow the audio to follow you from room to room, or finish watching a program in another room. More importantly, we simplify the control of your entertainment to provide consistent and reliable operation.
Smart Locks and Video Doorbells
Replacing your front door lock or doorbell is a great update, but make it even better by installing a smart lock or video doorbell. A smart lock is accessible by your phone and can be very convenient when you have visitors or service people that frequently need access to your home, but don’t necessarily need their own key. You no longer have to worry about distributing keys to your home. Simply provide them a unique code that you can remove once they are done with their work. A video doorbell can alert you to who is at your door on your phone whether you are home or not. Two-way audio and video confirmation can be especially handy if you frequently have packages delivered to your home.
If you plan to upgrade your home’s HVAC system, don’t forget to get a smart thermostat installed. Being able to control the heating and air conditioning in your home by remotely programming the thermostat can help keep your energy bills under control. You can change the settings from the convenience of your own bed or couch, or even on the fly while you are away from home.
Houzz’s survey also noted that homeowners reported higher levels of satisfaction when having smart home automation devices installed versus those without smart features. So if you have a renovation coming, make sure to include some of the latest options for your smart home automation.