Why settle for a regular home when you could be benefiting from convenient smart home features that are available today? While not prevalent in every household, automated smart home systems are becoming more popular as technology advances and could soon become common household features. There are systems that suit everyone’s taste, whether it be for music, security, temperature, or practical everyday uses. If you consider yourself tech-savvy, looking for gifts, or are looking to improve your home value, then you should check out these devices that will upgrade your house’s function.
Top Smart Home Features
Many smart home features are quirky and fun, but nothing is more important than the safety of your house. Luckily, there are plenty of smart home technologies that make keeping your house guarded and easy to manage via your smartphone. One of the best smart home indoor security systems is the Nest Cam which creates a wide-angle video stream at 1080p that you’re able to watch from your phone. Not only does this give you a wider than usual view of rooms that you want to keep any eye on, but it’s also capable of sending you alerts of any suspicious activities (limited to one per 30 minutes). This is a simpler way to monitor your baby, child, or pet while you’re in another room or out and about.
If you’re looking to lessen the weight of your key ring, you may want to consider installing a Kwikset Kevo, which defeats the purpose of carrying any key! By connecting to your phone, you can lock or unlock your door from any location for times that you forget to lock it or you need it unlocked before you bring groceries in. The app for this smart device also allows you to send temporary keys to friends or guests that need to get in your house when you’re away. Ultimately, this can help you be surer of when your door is locked or unlocked and who has access to get into your home.
Similar to the Kevo, but including far more capabilities, is the Vivint Smart Home which offers a great overall control system for your house. This device has a video doorbell response and a remote control for locking doors, adjusting thermostats, and controlling security cameras. This smart home gadget has great reviews and is easy to navigate. The only downside for some is that it requires a monthly subscription for remote access.
Popular Smart Home Technologies
While practical technology makes your home easier to manage from afar, there’s no shame in spoiling yourself with these entertaining smart home features. In fact, you’re probably more likely to see these devices pop up in your friend’s home before any of the other previously mentioned technologies. The Amazon Echo or Echo Dot are Bluetooth devices that not only plays music but also acts as a Siri or Google Now for your household. It serves as a digital assistant using voice recognition to provide you with weather updates, internet searches, and setting alarms or calendar events. The best part of this product is that Amazon is constantly updating their device to be compatible with other smart home features and devices.
An almost identical market competitor is the Google Home which plays music, podcasts, gives you traffic updates, and can set alarms for events just as the Echo can. What truly sets this product apart from its competitor is that it benefits from google services like Google Play Music, Youtube Music, and Chromecast. It can also act as a command center to smart systems like the Nest or Philips Hue.
Other Highly Rated Smart Home Devices
The following smart home features may not be as functional or common to see as the other aforementioned devices, but they are still cool additions that have been highly rated. The Philips Hue is a type of “smart lighting” that lets you adjust the mood of the room by changing the color of the lights. It’s by no means necessary to have, but it’s a lot of fun to show off to your friends and family.
Our other honorable mention is the Ecobee3 Thermostat, which has undoubtedly received great reviews due to its temperature adapting capabilities. By placing a small wireless sensor in the room, this smart thermostat will balance the room temperature to make up for a space that is too chilly or warm. This product is accompanied by an app that’s effortless to use and is even compatible with Amazon Echo and Apple’s Toolkit. If you have problems with your A/C or heating not distributing to all rooms equally, the Ecobee3 is a great buy.
Where Smart Homes and Real Estate Collide
You may be wondering, what do smart home features have to do with buying or selling real estate? Simply put, updating your home with smart home systems is part of a crucial process of keeping up with home fashion design and technology trends. Not only do these devices benefit you and your family while you currently live there, but they may even improve the value of your home when you go to sell it. Many homebuyers are interested in automated services that smart homes can provide, or just having that something extra to spice up an otherwise normal home. If you’re curious about home technology trends and what purchases may help you in the long run, speak with one of our many knowledgeable realtors at CENTURY 21 Northwest Realty. With our ever-evolving experience of updating home features, we can help you decide whether your investment is a trend worth following. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!