If yours is like most families, smart technology infiltrates nearly every aspect of your lives, including your home. The truth is that smart home technology is a multimillion-dollar market and growing annually. In fact, a recent study shows that 45 percent of all homeowners claim already to have smart technology in their home or are planning to integrate this technology in the near future. Of course, you can add smart technology to your home at any time. However, adding smart home technology right into your custom home design can save you a lot of time and money.
Benefits of Adding Smart Technology to Your Custom Home
There are several great benefits of adding smart technology to your custom home.
Smart appliances, such as smart refrigerators and tankless water heaters, as well as smart thermostats, are extremely energy efficient and the combination can help you save money on your energy bills. A recent study suggests that the average homeowner can realize more than $1,000 reduction on their annual energy bill by installing smart appliances.
Peace of Mind
In the United States, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds, but research shows that homeowners can reduce the risk of burglary greatly by installing a security system. Smart security systems are very effective and they give homeowners the power to monitor their home remotely.
There can be no doubt that home smart technology offers convenience. The ability to monitor your home, control the lighting and adjust the thermostat from nearly any location with just the press of a button provides a high level of convenience. You can even grant people, such as the repairman, instant access to your house through keyless entry technology and then change the code as soon as they leave.
Tips for Integrating Smart Home Technology
If you are having a custom home built, don’t miss the opportunity to integrate smart technology features into the design. The first step is to talk to your contractor and discuss what various options are available. Your first instinct may be to go all in and get all the technology features as possible. It is important, however, to realize that smart features can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.
It is best to take time to consider all of your options and determine which features are right for you and your family. You can start by asking your contractor which smart features are most cost effective to add now versus waiting to install at a later time. This is because some types of smart technology features require special wiring, which may be easier to integrate during the construction process.
You also want to determine what smart features, such as security or energy efficiency, are most important to your family. In addition, consider which features you think your family will actually use. Just because it sounds like a great feature doesn’t mean that it is right for your family. Finally, you must choose features that will keep your home building cost within your overall budget. Always ask your contractor for an estimate for the added smart technology before making a final decision.
Keep in mind that it’s not about how much smart home technology you have in your home but how your family will use it. Consider which ones will add value to your home and/or help you save money, and which ones will keep your family safe and provide you with peace of mind.
Integrating the right features into your custom home design will give you and your family everything you want from the first day you move into the house.