Nowadays, many new homes can be integrated with all kinds of smart tech and a good home builder can factor this integration in at the design stage. However, with so many smart home technologies available, it can be difficult choosing the ones that are right for your lifestyle and budget.
To help you decide on which ones to go with, we’re going to take a look at five technologies that you can include in your new home. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what’s available and what might suit your needs and preferences.
- Smart HVAC
Living in Melbourne, you get used to dealing with four seasons in one day. With a smart HVAC system, you can automate your heating and cooling cycles to suit your home. Aside from convenience, automated thermostats also have economic and environmental benefits. Some smart HVAC systems can detect whether someone is in a specific room. If it doesn’t detect anyone, it will turn off the heating/cooling in that particular room to reduce energy consumption. And if it doesn’t detect movement in the house for a period of time, it will automatically shut off the system completely.
Additionally, you can connect it to your mobile phone to keep track of your home’s humidity and airflow. With this information, you can make the adjustments needed to improve air quality and ensure optimal temperatures all year round. With a smart HVAC system you will also be able to easily monitor your system usage and power consumption and compare usage to other times of year.
- Smart lighting
Home lighting technologies have come a long way since The Clapper. Nowadays, smart lighting systems are fully programmable and can be controlled from your smartphone.
The system also uses motion sensors to see if you’ve entered a room. This way, the lights can be turned on as soon as you enter. Conversely, if the sensors don’t see any movement for a period of time, it will automatically turn off the lights. These small adjustments can help reduce your power bills in the long run.
Smart lighting systems can also be dimmed or brightened. Being able to adjust the brightness of your lights can help you transform your living space for specific events. Having a movie night? Dim the lights a little. Playing a party game? Brighten up the space and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Lastly, smart lighting systems can be used as a security measure. If you’re on an overseas trip, you can set up your smart lighting system to make it seem like someone is home. It will turn on certain lights at different times, discouraging burglars from attempting to break in.
Regardless of where you are, you can also control the lights via your mobile phone. This way, you can turn the lights on and off when you’re at work or on vacation.
- Security system
With modern security systems it’s never been easier to protect your home. Many smart homes now have a variety of security features that deter and prevent break ins.
For example, a video doorbell allows you to see, in real time, anybody who’s at your front door. Regardless of where you are, you can talk to them using your mobile phone. If it’s a delivery worker, you can give them instructions on where to leave your package. If there’s someone trying to break into your home, your voice will likely be enough to scare them away.
There are also smart locks which allow you to remotely lock and unlock your door as well as keep track of anyone who has used it.
Monitored security systems can also be integrated with home security cameras so you can monitor what’s happening on your property via your smartphone from anywhere in the world.
- Smart bathroom
Modern bathrooms now feature touchless toilets that flush automatically, close and open the lid for you and even self-cleaning toilets. In a smart bathroom, you also have much greater control over the amount of water being used. Toilets can be programmed to only use a specific amount of water depending on what needs to be flushed. This can significantly reduce your water consumption. If you really want to get fancy, there are smart toilets that also include bidets, internal heaters and even Bluetooth.
To take your bathroom to the next level of automation, you can also add touchless faucets that use motion sensors. Simply place your hands underneath the tap and it will turn on by itself.
- Sound system
Do you like listening to music while cleaning your home? With an integrated sound system, you can play your favorite tunes through the speakers on your walls and ceiling. You can use your smartphone to control the volume and the playlists. It doesn’t even have to be music; it can be a podcast or an audio book.
If you don’t want to disturb someone working or studying in another room, you can even choose specific areas of your home to play the music in.
These are just a few home automation ideas. You might be tempted to install as much of these as you can on your home. However, you need to consider your personal requirements first. If you have younger children or pets, you might need to make slight adjustments to some of the points above. Additionally, you should also consider the size of your home, your geographical location and, of course, your budget.