One beautiful thing about designing your own custom home is that everything you choose for your home is brand new. From the building materials to the appliances, you’re the first person to use everything in your home, and you can make it as high-tech as you’d like it to be, especially when it comes to home automation and smart technology.
There are countless ways to automate your home, from a smart light switch to smart irrigation and lighting. However, as with everything, the technology related to home automation is ever-evolving and advancing, and it can be hard to keep track of what’s new. So, we did the work for you. We wanted to cover what it means to build a smart home and put together a list of the newest smart technologies for custom-built homes so that you’ll be prepared when you create or update your custom home.
What is a Smart Home?
Let’s start with the basics: what exactly is a smart home? A smart home, or an automated home, is set up with electronics to control features like lighting, a home entertainment system, climate control, appliances, home security, etc. The controls are usually set up on a phone or computer and are controlled remotely via WIFI, Bluetooth, or comparable technology. Your smart home also doesn’t have to be fully automated either; you can choose what systems you want to control remotely! This allows you to customize your home further since you can select which automated systems work best for you and your family.
The Newest Smart Home Technology Available
Smart home technology has been around for years and is an ever-evolving area. Some of the newest innovations in innovative home technology are:
1) Smart light switches
A smart light switch is a switch that you can program and control from your remote device, and with your voice, in the newest technology. A smart light switch is convenient, creates the perfect ambiance, gives you extra security by being programmable on a timer, and improves your home’s energy efficiency. You can also integrate smart light switches with other automated appliances, like a home security system or your smart home hub.
2) Smart thermostat installations
A smart thermostat installation is a fantastic tool that can learn the patterns of your family’s usage and activity, like when the home is occupied, when you wake up, and when you go to bed, and adjust accordingly. This dramatically decreases your home’s carbon footprint and makes your home more energy efficient.
3) Smart water irrigation and lighting
A smart water irrigation and lighting system is an automated system that allows you to tailor and specify when your outdoor water and lighting systems run. This new automation significantly reduces residential water waste and is a much more efficient way to run water and lighting outside. You also save time and money when incorporating smart water irrigation and lighting in the long run. While these systems tend to be a little pricier up front, your savings over time more than makes up for it.
4) Smart security systems
The first home security system was invented in 1969 and has been commonplace for many households since the 1980s. When the internet came on the scene in the 90s – 00s, intelligent security systems were utterly transformed. With WIFI and the internet, homeowners can keep an eye on their homes from anywhere in the world, and home security systems can act as your smart home hub. There are many reasons to incorporate a smart security system into your custom-built home, but the top reason to purchase a smart home security system are:
- They increase property values
- You can get insurance savings
- You’ll save money on utility bills
- You can control all automated household functions from anywhere
- You can monitor and surveil your home remotely
- You can keep tabs on your kids and pets
- You’ll be alerted of fire or gas problems
- You’ll have greater peace of mind
Smart technology is one of the greatest innovations you can incorporate into your new custom home, and there are countless benefits. When you’re designing your custom home with the latest smart technology, make sure you contact us at Lancia Homes.