The Smart Homes Revolution: You Cannot Ignore It.

In today’s homes, Smart Home technology is becoming more and more ubiquitous and difficult to avoid. It encompasses things like thermostats, lighting, video etc.; just about everything at home can be connected to a smart device making our lives easier.

For example, the Smart Home revolution has introduced many new technologies, which are very useful in managing your home energy and reducing your energy bill.

Our local power company, BC Hydro is testing many of the new energy management tools and are eventually providing them to their customers, who will be able to reduce their energy consumption and costs. Their favourites are being displayed in the “Connected Homes” section on their website

Many households already have smart thermostats that are programmed to maintain a range of temperatures throughout the day. All you need is a smartphone or tablet and an Internet connection, used together with other home automation, to control the air conditioning or heating.

Another field that has a lot of interest and numerous smart home technologies available is security. Technologies are available to monitor what is going on in your home when you are away. There are products that will connect your home to your smart phone for 24/7 surveillance.

Smart locks are available that allow you to lock your home remotely or with a key or keypad. The app can be used to monitor the traffic that is coming and going through your front door.

The Internet allows just about any device in your home to be connected and controlled from your smartphone or tablet. And you don’t have to solve everything with a smart home device at one time.

Start with a system that allows you to control your heating and cooling from your phone or tablet. From there you can get into controlling your home security, and then a smarter home lighting system. Once you are comfortable with the concept, you can get into more specialized features, such as monitoring the contents of your refrigerator or controlling your washer and dryer. The possibilities are endless.

An energy efficient smart home will not only save you money in the long run, it will increase the comfort level within your home and ultimately increase the value of your home.

Everyone on our team of real estate professionals has years of experience and first-hand knowledge about the market. We thrive on working with homeowners to help them achieve their dreams, whatever the season or style of home. For more information, please call us on 604 913 1000 or 604 695 1000, or email us.

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