5 Smart Home Upgrades

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Smart phones have made a lot of daily life so much easier, and now you can use your smart phone to interact with different parts of your home, such as the garage door opener. These smart home upgrades make life a little more convenient while offering some extra security. Check out these five smart home upgrades you should consider.

Smart Garage Door Opener

Smart garage door openers come with several features that make it easier to monitor and control your garage door. Some come with a separate monitor that can be placed in another part of your home, so you can easily check to see if the garage door is open without getting up. You may also be able to schedule your garage door to open and close at certain times. For example, if you are out of town and know the neighbors will be feeding your cat at a certain time, you can have the garage door automatically open for them. Plus, with the phone app, you can open and close your garage door from just about anywhere.

Smart Door Locks

Smart door locks are a huge benefit to any home. They feature the same security measures online baking uses to protect your information. Most of the locks also track when someone enters the door, so you'll know when someone accesses your home. Like smart garage door openers, you can also control the smart door locks from your phone, so if someone needs to get inside your home but can't, you can unlock it for them from miles away. The last benefit of these smart locks is that they make opening your door so much easier because they simply interact with your phone's Bluetooth.

Smart Thermostat

It's not just about programmable thermostats anymore. Now you can install a smart thermostat that gives you more control than ever before. With a smart thermostat, you can get detailed information, such as indoor temperature, outdoor temperature, indoor humidity, etc. You can control the thermostat from your home, which makes it great for getting your house cool or warm enough to welcome you home after work. Some smart thermostats even program themselves for you. They learn from you and begin turning down or up the heat based on your past actions.

Smart Smoke Detector

Smart home devices aren't just about security, ease and comfort. Some can even save your life like a smart smoke detector. These smart smoke detectors do a better job of catching a fire without going off just because you burned dinner, so you won't be tempted to disable the smoke detector. They aren't just smoke detectors, however. They are also carbon monoxide detectors and monitor your home's indoor air quality. If you're away from home and something goes wrong, the mobile app will notify you if it senses smoke or carbon monoxide.

Smart Lighting

Lighting isn't the biggest energy expensive in your home, but it does total about 12 percent of your home's total annual energy bill. You can reduce how much you spend on lighting by installing smart lighting. With smart lighting, you can control the lights with your smart phone, so if you forgot to turn off a light, you can do it with the app. Some also feature sensors, so lights automatically turn off when you leave a room. Smart lighting is also a great security measure. When you aren't home, especially for long periods of time, you can turn on and off lights to make it look like you are home.  

Smart home technologies are a great way to increase security, safety and comfort. If you are interested in any of these smart home features, get started today. Contact a specialist today to get a new garage door, lock or any other smart feature you desire.