Smart Homes Sell betterA safe, inviting home is more likely to attract buyers. Automated homes, also referred to as smart homes, use a network of Internet-connected devices to monitor and maintain safety and comfort. For instance, in a smart home, you can close your garage door when you leave, and this one action can also activate your home security system and turn on your surveillance cams. Home automation is becoming a standard in todays home because of this kind of technology-enabled convenience. What's even better about home automation is that most of it can be done through simple DIY installations.If youre getting ready to sell your home and wondering what you can do to up the selling price, installing a few home automation features can do just that. In order to turn your house into a smart home, consider these add-ons:
Automated LocksPeople hate keys. One, were always looking for our keys. Two, were always looking for the right key. And three, keys sometimes refuse to open doors without serious frustration and knob shakingand of course, this only happens whenever you're running late. But this doesnt have to be a problem if you choose to install automated locks. Automated locks can be unlocked with a passcode sent over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. When you come home, just take out your phone, connect, and enter your password. This way, homeowners dont have to worry about forgetting their keys and getting locked out. Other companies also offer alternative lock methods such as fingerprint scans.
Automated Lights And CurtainsWeve come a long way since clap-on lights. Most home automation services make light switches obsolete with wireless technology. This means that you can adjust the lighting using your phone. The same technology used to turn on and off your lights can also be used to open and close your curtains. But it doesnt stop at convenience. Interestingly, most applications analyze the frequency of your settings to determine your habits. Coupled with some sensors, your home can detect when you pull up into the driveway, and then turn on all the lights to welcome you back.
Automated ThermostatsThe problem with normal thermostats is that we constantly keep them at one setting, and only adjust the temperature when we need to. But more often than not, we dont change the settings when we go to bed, or leave the house. This means that youre wasting energy on maintaining a constant temperature when no one is around. Similar to how the lights and curtains work, automated thermostats record your settings and extrapolate average climate settings. Automated thermostats keep the environment just the way you like itnot too hot, not too cold. This means that your home is always to your liking. And as a homeowner, you save money on gas and electricity bills because the thermostat will turn off your heater or air conditioning when you dont need it.
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