Smart homes are the next big thing in luxury living, and even mid-market homes are increasingly incorporating smart technology into their design and features. However, purchasing a smart home or investing in a smart tech system can be quite costly, and making the full switch over may not be feasible for most homeowners. That's why we've put together this handy list of smart-tech features that can be incorporated into any existing Ridgewood house so that you can get an idea of what's possible!
In The Kitchen
The kitchen is a hub for smart-technology implementation. Here, you can install features such as auto-starting coffee makers that begin brewing the moment you wake up. Appliances can notify you if they're left on and you can receive alerts if cabinets containing non child-friendly materials are accessed.
Appliances can also be upgraded for entertaining purposes; the dinner host will love a high-tech decanter which provides you with information about the wine you'll be tasting. Smart dishes will help you choose the right portions, while dishwashers can clean more or less vigorously depending on the perceived state of your dishes.
In The Bathroom
Smart technology in the bathroom is based around strategic lighting, motion sensors, and maximum comfort. Water flow and temperature can be controlled in order to conserve on energy costs. Touchless technology allows for ultra-sanitary and effortless use of the room. Waterproof televisions allow you to stay up to date on weather and traffic reports before you even have breakfast. Plus, heated tiles give you an extra before-work boost in the morning.
Outside The Home
A smart home's technology doesn't stop at its exterior. Outside the home, you can install smart lighting and lawn features as well. Motion sensor lights can illuminate a pathway to your home as one steps up to your property, providing both a safety and security benefit. A sprinkler system that is updated with the local forecast will only run when rain has not been predicted.
Security is one of the primary reasons home owners and buyers will invest in smart technology, and it's one of the realms where smart-tech performs best. Features can include image sensors that show you what exactly is causing activity near your home — so you can sleep soundly when you realize that rustling sound was just a skunk. Or, you can set up app-connected features that notify you when a door opens and ones that show you who's at the door, even when you're not home.
Health & Safety Features
Smart technology can help prevent leaks turning into floods; it can help those who are injured get help. Features such as emergency buttons and telemedicine allow senior citizens and less mobile homeowners to access assistance with ease.
If you could install one smart technology feature in your home, what would it be? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!