What home renovation customers need to know about smart home technology

by | Jul 1, 2023 | Home and Living

Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways they can conserve energy and lower their utility bills. And, according to one recent survey, four in five Canadians recognize that smart home technology can help them manage their energy consumption. But, only one in five is actually using these systems. Here are three key benefits of smart home technology.

Home automation
A smart home is one where Wi-Fi-connected lights and appliances can be controlled via apps on your phone no matter where you are. On the way to the airport and worried you forgot to turn off the curling iron? You can check on your app – and turn off the appliance remotely if you did. Your kid forgot to bring their key? Unlock the door remotely to let them in. There are even refrigerators with internal cameras so you can see what you already have inside while you’re standing in an aisle at the grocery store.

Home and personal security
With smart systems, you can program lights to go on and off to give the appearance that your home is occupied while you’re away. Inside, you can use an app or voice controls to turn on lighting before you enter a room or approach a stairway to avoid a tripping hazard. Camera-equipped doorbells let you see who is at the door before you open it, or you can speak directly to a courier to give them instructions on where to hide a package if you’re not home.

Smart appliances can also send notifications if there are any problems, whether you’re out for the day or on holiday. You can set up your HVAC system, for example, to send you a message if the heating or cooling doesn’t kick in within a specific period of time. There are also water detectors that will notify you of a potential leak.

Finally, security sensors and cameras can send you alerts if there’s unexpected activity in or around the property.

Energy conservation
Of course, the biggest benefit of utilizing smart home technology is the power it gives homeowners to reduce their energy consumption and help lower their household carbon footprint.

One of the most important smart home tools for this is a home energy monitor. These tools, such as Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy, can be paired with Wi-Fi enabled switches like Square D to turn your home devices on and off from your phone. Homeowners also receive real-time home energy usage so they can make adjustments to reduce their energy load, such as unplugging appliances that draw power even while idle.

Find more customer-friendly information about home energy monitors at se.com/ca/en

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