Smart home enthusiasts have been gushing over home automation for decades but not until recently has it become mainstream.  In 2018, a study found that more than half of U.S. households own at least 1 smart home gadget, and of that group, over a third own two or more.  With so much momentum in the smart home market, many consumers are left scratching their heads as to what features are worth the investment.  See how the following must-have features can make your daily life easier, more efficient, and give you and your family peace of mind.

Safety First

Forgot to lock the door at night after you went to bed?  Your cleaning or delivery person needs to get in your home and doesn’t have a key?  Worry no more, smart locks are a convenient and safe smart home feature.  A smart lock connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network that allows it to receive a code or smartphone command to lock or unlock.   You can even get notifications when your door locks have been engaged.

Who’s Looking?

Whether it’s a stranger or the scorching hot sun, no one wants either one glaring through their windows.  Motorized window blinds provide homeowners privacy as well as insulation to keep your home feeling comfortable.  Pre-set timers can make your home appear occupied when you’re out of town. There’s even a sunlight sensor that positions itself based on the intensity and angle of the sun. 

Speak Up 

If you haven’t done it yourself, you’ve surely seen people talk into a device to check the weather or call someone.  Imagine also using your voice to control your windows treatments, lights, and door locks. It’s time to put the countless remote controls away for good and add voice assistant technology to your home.  Whether it’s your home theater system or home security system, you’ll enjoy the simplicity and digital sophistication this feature adds.

See The Light

Smart lights are life-changing. Whether it’s through voice activation, your smartphone, or a dedicated touch screen,  smart light technology allows you to customize the timing and brightness according to your lifestyle and schedule.  Walking through your house with your hands full, curled up on the couch watching a movie, or while entertaining guests, all will be easier with smart light technology.

Keep Your Cool 

If you’re a homeowner that likes to save money, a smart thermostat is for you.  More than half of the energy used in U.S. households goes to heating and cooling.  Imagine the energy you’ll save with a smart thermostat that can automatically adjust to when your home is or isn’t occupied.  Also, if you have a vacation home or are out of town, remotely accessing your thermostat can be invaluable, allowing you to warm up or cool down your home before you even arrive.  Smart thermostats are also great for tracking usage patterns, data you can use to more efficiently heat and cool your home.

Your Wayzata, MN Resource For Smart Home Technology Systems 

Looking for a partner to help make your home more safe and efficient with smart home technology?  SLH Home Systems has been a trusted home security expert serving Wayzata, MN, and the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul area, for 34+ years.  Contact us today.  We are happy to sit down with you for a free in-home consultation to answer all of your questions and educate you further on the various factors that distinguish one security system from another. We specialize in tailoring electronics systems to meet each client’s needs and wishes while providing up-to-date information, advice, technology, and installation.  In addition to our expertise in smart home technology systems, we also provide energy management services, home theater design & installation, home security systems and lighting and shade control.