Building your dream home? Don’t forget to consider smart home features in your design! Here are some tech devices you’ll want to include in your custom home.
What is a Smart Home?
A smart home isn’t just a really smart house. It’s a high-tech home that has numerous devices that are connected by Wi-Fi. You can control these smart appliances and smart home devices via a manager app on your smartphone, tablet, or other smart device. What this means is you can control things like lighting, temperature, security, kitchen appliances, and more remotely from your phone anywhere in the house – or anywhere you have an internet connection.
And creating your custom home means you can add smart tech easily into your home plans. This will immediately help you save on energy costs, gain remote control, experience enhanced security, and add resale value.
Tech to Consider
Not sure what tech you should add to your custom home? Here are some ideas to help get you started.
A smart home isn’t complete without a smart thermostat! This handy device not only makes it easy to adjust the temperature on your phone, but it also impacts your home’s energy efficiency.
You can save money on your energy bill each month by installing a smart thermostat because it helps keep your home at the perfect temperature, whether you are home or away. Your thermostat will learn your schedule and adjust the temperature accordingly. For example, when you leave for work in the summer, your home will set the temperature a little warmer during the day so as to not waste energy on cooling your home down. Before you come home, you can set the AC to kick in so your home is nice and cool when you return.
Of course, the benefits don’t stop there. They can also improve your indoor air quality by monitoring the temperature and humidity levels. If you have allergies or asthma, this is especially important to include in your custom home build.
Smart Security Systems
With a smart security system, it’s easy for you to keep your home secure without investing in expensive installation costs.
Smart security systems are designed to connect directly to your internet router. They can monitor doors, windows, and other points of entry and detect any changes in room temperature or light levels. The system will alert you if it detects anything abnormal so you can quickly take action if needed.
Smart locks are another part of home security you may want to add as well. With a smart lock, you don’t have to worry about if you remembered to lock up the house. It allows you to lock your home at the push of a button on your phone, as well as provide history alerts to keep tabs on everyone’s comings and goings. Not to mention these locks are better than traditional cylinder locks because it uses technology to detect possible intrusions.
You likely are moving from your previous home into your custom home and have some regular devices you don’t want to part with. In that case, consider building smart plugs into your custom home. With a smart plug, you are able to make any device “smart” and it allows you to control what is plugged into them from your phone.
For instance, you can connect your coffee maker, your favorite lamp, your Christmas tree, or any other electronic to your home’s internet connection for easy remote access. This is not only convenient, but it also helps you to save on energy consumption.
Smart appliances are becoming more popular for homeowners and for good reason. They help you save on energy and alert you when the dishwasher or dryer is finished. Appliances from LG Electronics uses Smart Access and Smart Adapt, so you can monitor the washing cycles and download new cycles immediately on your phone. You can also troubleshoot issues when they pop up and avoid potential problems before they occur.
Smart Smoke Detectors
Protecting your new custom home is going to be top of the list for you after you move in. So set yourself up for success by installing smart smoke detectors during the building process. Smart smoke detectors contain technology to pair to Wi-Fi and alert your phone when batteries are low or when the alarm is activated. For example, the Google Nest Protect Smoke Alarm detects smoke and carbon monoxide while also monitoring overall home air quality. And best of all, if you’re accidentally burning food, you can easily silence the smoke alarm from your phone.
Let’s Create Your Custom Smart Home Together
There’s no shortage of smart home ideas for your custom home! If you are planning to build your dream home, Ridgeline Homes would love to help you. We help you make your vision come to life and will assist you in choosing the right smart devices for your lifestyle so you get the best experience. Let us show you how simple and enjoyable custom homeownership can be. We’re based in Montrose, Colorado, are ready to start this exciting process with you.