Home Efficiency: Smart Home Ideas

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 14 Jun, 2013
Smart homes offer highly advanced automatic systems to monitor and control lighting, temperature, media, security, and other daily living functions. As smart design technology progresses, it’s possible that one day almost everything in our homes will be automated and controlled by speech, gestures or through smart phones, computers or other devices. Smart homes don’t necessarily […] The post Home Efficiency: Smart Home Ideas appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Digital tables and countertops– Essentially giant iPads are built into flat surfaces such as tables. This video shows the technology in action, and explains that smart tables will be more widely available to residential customers within the next few years.
Smart Refrigerators– Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators such as the Samsung RF4289 , stream music, give you access to web apps like your Google calendar, and can send tweets.
Smart thermostatsNest automatically builds a programmed schedule after it tracks the temperatures you select at different times of day. The company claims the product’s installation procedure is as simple as installing a light fixture, and installation takes less than 30 minutes. Nest can also be controlled from your phone. If your schedule changes from a normal day, you can adjust the home temperature so it’s as warm or as cool as you prefer it by the time you arrive. It automatically adjusts the programmed schedule any time you start making changes to temperature preferences. A built-in Energy History feature can tell you how much energy you saved and why, and Nest can even email you a monthly Energy Report which tracks energy usage and offers tips on how to save energy. When you switch in between the heating and cooling seasons, Nest is smart enough to build a new schedule.
Automated Skylights– New technologies allow you to operate skylights from anywhere in the home. Velux offers products which allow you to select programs to close the skylight based on the time of day or the specific day, or close it automatically after it’s opened for a certain amount of time. Some models even offer a sensor, which can detect moisture, and the skylight will close automatically if it starts to rain.
Did you forget to lock your door?You can check if the door is locked (even if you are out of state) with smart phone-controlled door locks. The Schlage Nexia door lock can be locked or unlocked from your phone, or you can manually lock or unlock it with a PIN code. For extra security, you can receive an alert whenever someone uses the PIN code to unlock the door.
Kohler’s DTV Custom Showering Experience gives you a spa-like experience right in your home. A navigation menu gives you options to control water temperature, spray intensity and the angle of the water stream. You can incorporate other features into your shower experience including steam, music and lights that move and change color.
Identify leaks quicker with Winland Electronics’ WaterBug . When water comes in contact with a WaterBug sensor, an alarm is activated. It works with existing or new alarm panels. Place it under the refrigerator or washing machine, in basements, computer rooms, storage areas, or anywhere you want to detect water.
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