Mornings tend to be hectic enough without second-guessing whether or not you shut the garage door or locked the front door before leaving home. You question yourself. “Did I turn the heat down?” or “Did I set the security alarm?”
In today’s high tech world, you can end these nagging questions with a quick glance at your smartphone. With the right high tech home additions plus a cell phone app, you can check on nearly anything in and around your home. Easy to install smart door locks, video doorbells, smoke detectors and thermostats can all be controlled away from home. The good news? It’s never been easier and more affordable to make your home interactive and give it a major IQ boost.
Brad McCall of McCall Homes recently remodeled the home he and his wife moved into eight years ago. “We moved in two days before our eldest was born,” recalls Brad, now a father of three boys. It was the perfect time to retrofit their existing home with smart home capabilities.
The nearly decade-old home gave Brad a chance to test some of today’s new products. McCall Homes builds new homes, however, Brad notes, “I’m using my own home as a test bed to see what the most compelling products are to offer our clients.” He adds, “In the past, those building million dollar homes were the ones with the technology. Now, it’s a different landscape with smartphones.”
Kenco Security & Technology replaced the old security panel in Brad’s home with a wireless touchscreen, a smart panel about the size of an iPad. “The panel is the brain of the home,” explains Brad. “Instead of all different apps (i.e., one for lights, one for locks, the doorbell, etc.) on your phone, this panel links all of the devices together in one app.”
This wireless connection takes away any worry should the power (electricity) go out, phone lines and the internet shut down, or “if the panel gets smashed.” Your home stays protected and you stay connected to what’s happening at home via your smartphone app. “The touch screen has cellular and Wi-Fi in it, plus, Bluetooth is built into the unit,” says Jeff Guenthner, general manager of Billings’ Kenco Security & Technology. “We use Alarm.com as our wireless communication service provider.”
This new panel upgraded Brad’s home to a higher level of security and convenience. Brad clicks an icon on his smartphone to control a specific device. “The perk with a security company,” advises Brad, “is they come in and get it all done, from the security to the thermostat and lighting. To the average homeowner, this is so much simpler.”
“It’s getting a lot cheaper to adapt your house to the new system,” adds Jeff. “It takes less time to put in the (wireless) devices, so less time is spent on-site and the cost is less.”
It’s a high tech, ingenious way to make life even easier. “It’s the ability to know what’s going on at your house,” notes Jeff, “even keeping track of the kids and the pets.” All with the click or swipe of a button from virtually anywhere in the world.
DID YOU KNOW? Every day over five million smart devices are connected in homes around the world. Gartner, Inc. research
DID YOU KNOW? A typical family home could contain more than 500 smart devices by the year 2022, according to Gartner research.