Smart Home Technology has been continually evolving. The newest gadgets and technologies have begun to focus on how we interact with our homes. Unique smart home devices are not only making our day-to-day lives a little easier, but they also are making our homes more energy-efficient than ever!
Here are a few of the most notable advances in these devices.
Another advancement that’s improving energy efficiency and greatly increasing convenience for consumers is smart lighting. This is simply lighting that can be controlled using an app on your
smartphone. This app enables you to change the brightness of your smart bulbs. This saves energy by dimming bulbs when full brightness is not needed. You can also turn lights on and off, even when you’re away from home, with a quick touch of your phone screen. Another way to control lights is through the use of virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. With a simple voice command, you can turn off the lights at night without even getting out of bed! Some smart switches will even turn off your lights automatically after they’ve been on for a certain amount of time.
Smart appliances like washing machines, fridges, and coffee makers are changing the game. They’re not just doing their job; they’re talking to us! If you accidentally leave your fridge door hanging wide open, guess what? Your phone will give you a heads-up. If your smart washing machine is feeling a bit under the weather, it might just shoot you an email. Quick fixes can save you from shelling out big bucks on a brand-new appliance. No more surprise breakdowns!
Another handy gadget useful in any smart home is a smart plug. This device plugs into a normal power outlet, becoming an extension of your wall outlet. Instead of plugging things like lamps and appliances into the outlet, you plug them into the smart plug. The benefit of this smart home technology is that it allows you to remotely control anything that is plugged into it. This happens through the use of your home’s smart hub or the applicable mobile app.
You can also set a timer so that the smart plugs turn on or off at a predetermined time. This means that you’re able to wake up to fresh coffee, turn off the kids’ TV when it’s bedtime, or program all your home appliances to power down when you do.
The newest innovation in smart thermostats, and the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR®-certified, is the Nest Learning Thermostat. After a week or so of noting which temperature you prefer at any given time of day, the Nest Learning Thermostat will automatically create a program crafted around your daily routines. Sensors and phone connectivity allow the Nest to sense when you’re not at home. It then turns down the thermostat when you leave to save energy.
It even allows you to keep track of your energy use with a daily Energy History and a monthly Home Report. Independent studies have shown that the Nest Learning Thermostat saves homeowners an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling.
Now add an Attic Insulation Inspection!
At Muth and Company Roofing, we understand the importance of energy savings to our customers. Smart home technology plays an important role! Additionally, one of the best ways to save energy when it comes to your home is by having adequate attic insulation. As one of our roofing services, we provide thorough attic energy inspections at an affordable price to all of our customers.
If you want to save money on your energy bills and think that your attic’s insulation may not be cutting it, give us a call at (614) 682-3060 to schedule an attic energy inspection today.