New developments in smart home automation will make life in Phoenix, AZ, easier in 2016. Here are just a few of the hottest and newest home automation developments. In a few years, we'll be wondering how we ever lived without them.
Your home is your castle and your refuge, but home invasions are an ever-increasing concern. Fortunately, home security systems get more sophisticated every year. Residential security cameras, window sensors, automated door locks and state-of-the-art lighting systems can all work together to keep you and your family safe. Your security provider is on the job as well, so in case of emergency, you can rest assured that help is on the way.
Using the latest automated home lighting technology, you can have indoor lights that create just the right ambiance in any room with just a touch of your finger. With the help of an expert electrician, your lights can turn on when you get home and turn off when you leave. Sophisticated light sensors can detect indoor movement, turning lights on and off as you move from one room to another. With a state-of-the-art automated home light system, you may never have to flip a switch again.
With a remote surveillance camera system, you can keep tabs on home-alone kids or monitor the baby when you're in another room. Although electronic monitoring devices will never replace parental presence, they can tell you what the kids are up to whether you're home or not.
A programmable thermostat will let you configure your Phoenix, AZ, HVAC system to deliver optimal indoor comfort no matter what's going on outside. You can program the system to maintain different temperatures at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Besides the convenience, automated heating and cooling systems can help you keep energy costs in check. Smart HVAC systems will even tell you when to change an air filter and alert you to schedule annual system maintenance.
By the end of 2016, 50 percent of homes are expected to have electronic locking devices. Within two years, this percentage is expected to rise to almost 85 percent. With an automated locking system, getting locked out of the house will finally become a thing of the past.
Did you know that electrical devices that are plugged in are using standby power, even while they're switched off? Smart outlets can be installed that turn plugged-in items off and on, conserving energy and saving money. Smart outlets can tell you how much power a given appliance or electronic device is using. This can help you conserve energy and save even more on utility bills.
New home automation technology will allow seniors to remain at home as they age. According the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the definition for aging in place is “a person's ability to live in his or her house and be safe and independent, regardless of age, income, or any other limiting factors.” The latest home automation technology can alert you immediately if anything is out of order at a loved one's home.
Insurance companies have started to offer discounts to homeowners who have home automation systems. Depending on which systems you currently have in place, you may be able to save as much as 20 percent on your annual homeowner's insurance premium. Contact your insurance provider to learn more.
Home automation installations often involve new outlets and panels, rewiring work and light switch replacement. Unless you are an expert electrician, do not attempt to install new outlets and panels or perform any kind of electrical work by yourself. Get help from an experienced professional electrician instead. To learn more about why DIY electrical projects can be dangerous for Phoenix homeowners, visit Mr. Sunshine's Electrical Services or call (602) 910-6267.