New Technology to Consider for your Home Remodeling Project
Remodeling is all about updating a home according to the latest style, trends, and technology. If you’re remodeling soon, you will want to consider what new technology and gadgets you can incorporate into your renovations.
Integrated Home Systems
An integrated home control system is the ultimate technological revolution for the home. Boosting convenience, safety, and accessibility, integrated home systems allow you to access your whole home from one touch screen panel. Connecting audio, video, lighting, HVAC, cameras, front door/gate access and more from many conveniently located panels throughout the home, you can change the temperature in the kitchen while in the bedroom, or start a movie playing in the living room while in the bathroom. With connectivity to security systems, you can keep eyes and ears on your entire property, no matter where you are.
Remote Access Automation
Integrating an entire home’s operations provides another benefit – the opportunity to take these controls mobile. With smartphone and tablet apps that connect to your home system, you can remotely operate control or monitor security at your home from literally anywhere. This allows you to be more efficient and productive, breezing through your day without worrying whether you left the light on at home or who might be visiting while you’re away.
Complete home integration, as well as advances in security technology, allow your home to be better protected. New security technologies offer motion sensor activated floodlights and cameras, to give you the security you need while sustaining utilities. Apps connected to your security system can even allow you to live stream your camera feed to your mobile devices when on the go.
One trend that’s become much more apparent over the last decade is that homes are becoming smaller, but much more efficient and ‘dense’ in their use of space. Smart and technologically advanced storage systems complement this trend, with the technology to have your television seamlessly drop down and hang from the ceiling, or additional shelves, cupboards and storage space worked into tight kitchens. With the right design and innovation, you can work much more value into your home with advanced and automated storage.
Sustainable Home Energy Management Systems
Advances in home technology have improved to benefit the environment as well. Home, energy management systems, can help you eliminate the use of standby power, shaving 5% off your total energy usage. Solar panels can be connected to apps or a panel in your home that monitors solar power production and storage. Other installations can help homeowners monitor utility usage, showing where greater conservation efforts can be made.
Voice activated, and Wi-Fi connected appliances boost productivity and efficiency in your home. With connected appliances, you can start your coffee maker just while you’re getting out of bed, or ask the digital assistant when the dishwasher will be finished. These smart appliances save you valuable time in the day to day activities of your home.
Cleaner and Safer
Technology in your home can also help to keep it cleaner and safer. There are now sensor technologies that can detect leaks in your home and activate automatic shut off. Advanced cleaning technologies include robotic vacuums and ‘self-cleaning toilets’ that activate self-maintenance properties to keep your toilet looking clean and fresh without the elbow grease.
If you’re remodeling soon, try adding some of these new home technologies to make your home smarter, safer and more convenient. Talk to a design-build firm today about incorporating new home technologies into your next remodel.