If you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you may remember being wowed by movie scenes in which a hotshot millionaire would walk into his or her home and turn lights and appliances on and off with a remote control. Fast forward a couple of decades and you don’t have to be a millionaire to reap the benefits of home-automation systems. In fact, you’ll even find that you can save money with a smart home.
In addition to being convenient and even being downright fun, home-automation systems can have a big impact on your monthly expenditures. While there are up-front costs to installing such a system, major renovations to your home are not always required. And while savings may seem small at first, they quickly add up to a substantial sum, and can even pay off an entire smart-home system in a few short years.
Homeowners are well aware that heating and cooling costs can have a sizeable impact on their monthly budget. One of the biggest advantages of a smart home system is it allows users to control heating and cooling remotely, ensuring that air conditioning doesn’t have to work overtime if no one is home. On your way back home from work, simply turn the temperature back up to the desired level via smartphone or tablet, and walk into a comfortably cool (or toasty) house. Additionally, drape and curtain controllers can keep the sun out of the home, helping to avoid unnecessary heating and cooling. Not only are these features money savers, but the increased efficiency is good for the environment.
Motion sensors and detectors are also becoming popular components of home-automation systems. With zone-based thermostats, motion sensors ensure that unoccupied rooms are not being needlessly cooled or heated. This can be a big power drain, because even when people are home, they’re usually not using every room in the house. Additionally, power detectors can turn off lights, TVs, curling irons, and other appliances whenever someone leaves the room. Some of these systems can also be toggled remotely. Power monitors can provide homeowners with helpful information about power usage, allowing them to see at what times energy costs are lowest. Large, energy-heavy appliances such as exhaust fans and hot tubs can be set to run at optimal times.
While installing solar panels on one’s home may be expensive at first, they are becoming increasingly more affordable, and also offer big savings in the long run. Those who aren’t quite ready to make the leap can simply install solar-powered lights to meet their outdoor-lighting needs. Of course, all of these automation upgrades can significantly boost your home’s value. Lastly, they can also cut home-insurance bills by 20 percent or more. Insurers know that home automation increases security by lowering the chances of theft, fire damage, and water damage. That’s just the extra cherry on top.
One final way you can pad your wallet with your home’s upgrades is with your lighting. For those living in California, upgrading to LED lighting can actually make you eligible for government rebates. Pair new LED lighting with you automation system and you’ll be raking in the dollars while enjoying superior lighting and convenience.
Interested in automating your own home? Stop by Century Stereo or contact one of our systems consultants and let us show you how to ready it for the 21st century with a variety of smart home upgrades.