Thursday, October 20, 2016
Smart Homes: The Future of Homeownership
Traveling back to the 1960s, homeowners were just beginning to enjoy the luxury of having a television in the home. The families of the 1990s experienced the convenience of owning their very own computer. Fast forward to 2016, and not only has technology advanced in the way of entertainment, but it has become a part of our everyday lifestyle. For years, technology has filled our homes – now our homes have become an integral part of new age technology.
While the definition of a smart home is debatable, most consider a smart home a house that has remotely controlled systems including temperature, lighting and electronic devices. Once considered a luxury for the wealthy, smart homes have become a mainstream component of homeownership. Combining security with convenience, smart homes offer families enhanced peace of mind.
Beyond the ability to remotely access security footage from your smart phone or tablet, some smart homes have the unique capability to assist you and your family to safety beyond an alarm alone. As explained in an article from ‘How Stuff Works’, “not only would a resident be woken with notification of a fire alarm, the smart home would also unlock doors, dial the fire department and light the path to safety”.
Technology with this level of sophistication also proves to be beneficial for elderly individuals living alone. Reminders can be set to take medication, turn off unused appliances such as the stove or an overflowing tub, and notify emergency personnel of bodily injury. Many families have found smart home technology to be more efficient than placing their loved one in a nursing home. Additionally, many have discovered that this form of personalized care is also more cost effective - all while allowing their loved one to maintain independence.
Furthermore, smart home technology has become the epitome of convenience. Never mind digging in your pocket or purse for your keys, your smart home will open the door for you as you approach! Forget to feed your pets? Your smart home will dispense a preset amount of food for them at meal time!
Whether you are just hearing about smart home technology, or have been enjoying the benefits for years, SI Real Estate Tampa wants to know – What’s your favorite smart home feature?