Smart home technology is all about the automation and management of your daily life. Many tasks that once required human interaction have been made easier thanks to new automated technology. Perhaps the most important benefit to home automation is that it lets you customize your home to fit your family’s unique needs and lifestyle.

Custom home features can include anything from lights controlled from your smartphone to connected home automation systems that energy use and alert you to movement outside your door. A smart home isn’t truly “smart” unless it is able to connect with other devices in the home to allow for an automated and personalized experience.

See how you can benefit from having smart home technology in your dream home.  

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Energy Savings

Home automation can pay off (literally) in terms of efficiency and energy savings. A smart thermostat, for example, can help you manage your home’s energy consumption - and as a result, the bottom line on your monthly utility bill. Program your thermostat to adjust the temperature throughout the day based around the times someone is home or when the house is empty. Opt for a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat if you'd like to adjust the temperature from your smartphone.

Some smart devices can also be synced to your appliances so they know the most cost-effective times to operate. While not strictly an element of home automation, a whole-house energy monitors can give you useful information about how much energy each appliance uses in your house. Based on these insights, you can make decisions about how to manage your household's energy use, especially when it comes to items that typically stay plugged in all the time, like small kitchen appliances and device chargers. Small changes add up to big savings over time.

Enhanced Security

A smart home security system provides many advantages over traditional systems. The biggest advantage is the simplicity, since all devices are connected. Smart home security systems can alert you to an issue at home via your smartphone, and most systems allows for remote viewing of surveillance streams right over the Internet.

If you're the type of person who gets to work and can't remember whether or not you locked the front door or closed the garage door, you will love having a smart security system. Decide which doors, windows, and other parts of your home you want to monitor, and your security system provider will include the correct sensors with your order. Once the system is installed, you'll be able to double-check that your garage door is shut whether you're upstairs getting ready or already at your desk.

Convenience and Time Savings

Today’s home automation systems let you manage your home whether you’re actually at home or not! Adjust the temperature, check on a pet, modify the sprinkler system's schedule, turn a light on or off - home automation devices allow you to do all of that and more right from your smartphone. The convenience is unparalleled, and this technology is only going to get more efficient and less costly as time goes on.

Many of us already manage our lives through our smartphones and tablets, so it stands to reason that we'd also manage our homes the same way. Who doesn't want to live in their own version of The Jetsons' house? Including home automation technology into your custom dream house just makes it even better. 

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