Smart Homes: Save Money and Make Your Life Easier

Smart Homes: Save Money and Make Your Life Easier

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Smart Homes: Can Save Money and Can Make Your Life Easier

Smart homes trendy, but they are also more than just trendy. Increasingly, homeowners and homebuyers are interested in fully-integrated, smart technologies. For example, the Internet of Things, portable devices, and voice command devices from Amazon, Google, and others have put smart technology within everyone’s reach.


Previously, smart devices for the home were mostly for the richest and most tech-savvy among us. These days, they are readily available so that everyone can have a smart home. In this article, we look at current smart home trends and see what your home could look like in the near future.


Current Trends and Technologies

Smart homes allow you to save money and also make your life much easier. Below is a look at some current devices for transforming homes into smart homes.


  • Smart Appliances — What if your oven could decide how to best cook your food? The June Intelligent Oven lets you control the oven from anywhere. Plus its Adaptive Cook Presets let you choose how you want your food cooked. Simply set it, and the oven does the rest. Or what if you’re at the store and aren’t sure if you need milk? What if you could see what’s in your fridge? Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator lets you see inside your refrigerator, create shopping lists, and even order groceries. And if that wasn’t enough, the fridge also manages schedules, shares photos, sends message, streams music, and can broadcast your Samsung TV (sold separately!)
  • Smart Thermostats — Programmable thermostats have been around for years. But devices like Nest’s Learning Thermostat actually learns your daily routine and adjusts accordingly. It is equipped with sensors and knows whether you are home or not. And according to Nest, the thermostat can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Automated Lighting — When some people are away from home, they want to give the appearance that someone is home by leaving lights on. However, if you didn’t want to leave your lights on 24/7, you might use a plug-in timer. With automated lighting technology, you can now control your home’s lighting using a mobile device. This way you can control your home’s lighting remotely, any time of day or night.
  • Smartphone Controlled Security — In the past, homeowners who wanted home security used security companies and paid a monthly fee for the service. Now, with systems from companies like iSmart Alarms, you can always know what’s happening in your home, without a monthly cost. This smartphone-controlled system has wireless motion detectors, window sensors, door sensors, and cameras. Homeowners can also use the app to control and monitor the thermostat, lighting, and smoke detectors.
  • Keyless Door Locks — We are accustomed to unlocking our cars without keys, but now you can have a keyless home. Kwikset’s Kevo Smart Lock utilizes Bluetooth technology to allow keyless entry into your home via smartphone. The locks also work with Amazon’s Alexa, Nest thermostats, and Ring’s Video Doorbell.


The gadgets and systems listed above are only a few of the options available for people wishing to transform their homes into smart homes. For even more smart home options, PC Magazine, CNET, and Tom’s Guide list some of the best devices of 2018.


The Future of Smart Homes

Ultra-portable devices, like smartphones and tablets, combined with wireless technologies now make it simple and easy to make your home into a smart home. Controlling these devices is even easier with voice devices and various remote control options.


In the near future, home systems, gadgets, and appliances will be increasingly connected to our smartphones and to each other. This growing integration is changing the way people view their homes.


A New, Smarter Home

If your current home isn’t a smart home, you might want to upgrade. Contact BCZ Homes, the Connecticut real estate experts, to learn how we can help you find your next home. Or if you live in an older, outdated home, but wish you could sell it, we also purchase homes in almost any condition. We offer cash and close quickly.


Call us at 475-266-6999 or visit today for more information about buying or selling a home in Connecticut.




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