Is Your Home Smarter Than You?

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How smart is your home? In 2019, it’s possible your house is smarter than you.

Designed to provide energy efficiency, security and comfort conveniences, the smart home can do it all on command. Control lighting, heating, cooling, appliances, televisions, computers and other security features! How is this all possible? Internet connectivity and cloud storage. The technology brings convenience and electronic intelligence right to your fingertips. Another couple advantages include the smart technology communicates with each other AND can be remotely controlled via your smart phone or online.

Don’t worry if you’re technically-challenged or you don’t know where to start. We suggest starting small. Try these 3 easy technologies to make your home smarter this year:

  1. Set Smart Temperatures

    Most thermostats only read the temperature in one area, which can make other rooms too hot or too cold. Technology – like ecobee4 or Nest – comes with room sensors to help manage hot or cold spots. Place sensors in the most popular rooms – that way, the smart gadget can read the temperature, detect occupancy and adjust accordingly so it’s just right.

  2. Sensing Leaks

    Smart leak detection sensors monitor your home’s plumbing, looking for leaks and malfunctions. They can assist you in preventing water damage and the growth of mold and mildew inside a wall due to a slow leak.

  3. Open and Shut

    If you have ever left home for the day or, even worse, been on vacation and suddenly you’re unsure if you left the garage door open – a smart garage door opener offers convenience, improved home security and peace of mind. Check the open or closed status of your garage door via an app on your smartphone as well as open it or close it remotely. In other words, it’s possible to be on the other side of the Earth and still control your garage door.

Article originally appeared on RE/MAX.

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