How to Design Your Own Smart Home

Smart homes aren’t the wave of the future; they are the “now.” The variety of home automation technology available on the market makes it easy to customize your smart home to better meet your needs. With all the choices, how do you know what home automation features are right for you?


Why a Smart Home?

Home automation technology is purposefully designed to add function and comfort to our contemporary lifestyle. These tools improve a home’s safety, energy efficiency, and daily function. The result is a more comfortable lifestyle for its residents. 


Things to Consider When Designing a Home

Smart home technology is more than locks and motion-activated light sensors. The modern smart home includes features like voice-activated smart assistants, smart bulbs, and water detectors. Answer these questions when creating your ideal smart home:


1. What Features Are Essential for Practical Life?

People use the doors, lights, water, and temperature control systems in their homes every day. Sometimes, we forget to lock the front door or to turn off the lights. Or, we leave on vacation and forget to turn down the HVAC system. 


Think about what smart home features will help with the necessary functions of a home. You need a lock on your exterior doors; a smart lock maintains home security. You need environmental control; a smart thermostat adjusts the temperature when you’re not home and improves energy efficiency.


2. What Features Will Enhance My Lifestyle?

Imagine how nice it would be to carry in groceries without struggling for the keys. The temperature feels just right, the lights are on, and music softly plays through the speakers. Everything feels cozy and ready for your evening. 


Smart home features like smart bulbs, integrated smart assistants, and smart thermostats give you the ability to keep living without pause or interruption. It is comfort at the next level. 


3. Where Will Smart Home Technology Be in the Future?

If we know anything about smart technology, it’s that it’s constantly innovating. Today, you may be content with just a smart assistant to control home functions. Tomorrow, you might be adding a smart fridge or automated blinds that adapts to the natural light. 


Create a home automation infrastructure that can adapt to tomorrow’s workload. While it’s novel to think you can turn your sink on and off with a voice assistant, eventually this feature will be commonplace.


Benefits of a Smart Home

Research has proven smart home benefits include energy cost savings when using technology like automated heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Smart homes have improved home security systems thanks to cameras, sensor monitoring, and smart locks. 


Smart home technology may increase the resale value of your home. As more homeowners become comfortable with automation features, smart home technology will increasingly be viewed as an essential part of a new home purchase. 


As new home builders, and a builder of smart home communities, Pulte thinks about what the home of tomorrow will need when building smart homes. Beyond utility savings and improved value, home automation technology makes life seamless and enjoyable. It’s living as it should be. 



Contributed to Your Home blog by Casey McKenna-Monroe

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