“Smart” devices are so pervasive in our lives that it almost feels like we are living in the future. iPhones and tablet devices are used by young and old alike, and even our cars are fitted with smart devices. It’s about time for our homes to become smart too. State-of-the-art smart home technology isn’t a dream for the future – it is a very present possibility with multiple benefits that you can take advantage of today.
The Benefits of Smart Homes
Embracing state-of-the-art technologies at home gives you many benefits including convenience, and the savings of time, money and energy. Buying a new smart home or transitioning to smart home technology can improve your control over every aspect of how your house operates, and increase the safety and accessibility of it as well. In addition, you will reap the benefits of a far more efficient home, leading to savings in your energy and upkeep costs!
Here are some of the smart home features that new homes for sale offer:
Energy Efficient Home Building
There are a myriad of building techniques that help your home achieve optimal energy efficiency. And when it comes to energy efficiency, you must start at the top! Superior insulation in eco-friendly smart homes can save you thousands on utility bills. An attic with proper R-50+ insulation is proven to be the most crucial aspect of home energy conservation by reducing cooler air escaping through the ceiling. New homes and homes with new roofs that implement radiant barrier roof sheathing also see tremendous savings over time by reflecting shingle heat during warmer months.
But energy efficient home building doesn’t stop at the top. Thermal Envelope Air Sealing ensures less air infiltration throughout the house. Competent builders who are confident in their product will offer a HERS Rating by a third party to ensures minimal air leakage inside the thermal envelope, and give home buyers an accurate measure of the energy efficiency of their new home.
Modern Temperature Adjustments and Energy Savings
A modern, interconnected programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust when you enter or leave your home, saving you money without altering your daily routine. It also allows you to regulate your smart home’s temperature conveniently using your mobile device. Smart thermostats take care of it all, quickly adjusting themselves according to your specific preferences. As a result, you save money while saving precious energy resources. Whether you are using a do-it-yourself system like Nest, or a high-tech full home automation system such as Honeywell’s Tuxedo Touch, you can save time and add convenience using a smart thermostat.
Safety & Convenience with Smart Appliance and Lighting Controls
Smart home systems grant you the ability to control lighting and appliances throughout your house. Forget to turn on the lights before you left? No problem. With the tap of your finger you can turn on your home's exterior lights. Away on vacation? Set your lights to turn on and off to match your natural schedule. Not only does a smart lighting solition allow you to make sure lights are off when you are gone to save electricity, it also allows you to turn them on at specific times if you would like it to look like you are home.
Choosing New Energy Efficient Windows
The installation of high performance & "Low E" windows can have a dramatic affect on your energy consumption. These high-performance windows insulates heat during colder months and reduces and reflects heat in warmer months. Proper window installation and smart home automation can even allow window shades can be opened or closed on a schedule, reducing the need to heat or cool the room and protecting furniture and floors from sun glare.
Live More “Green” and Save More “Green”
Green living is often synonymous with energy efficiency. A smart home contributes to the conservation of the earth's limited resources. By using less energy, and wasting less water you lessen your family’s impact on the environment. But if "going green" isn't enough to convince you to pursue mart home technology, the financial savings might attract your attention. In a US Environmental Protection Agency study, it was found that users of smart home technology for thermostat control alone saved anywhere from 10%-30% on their energy bill. Over the course of a year, or 5 years, those savings add up quickly.
Not only do smart home improvements save on your monthly bill payments, the resale value of your home increases with each addition of these technologies. Most home buyers rate energy efficiency as an important factor in their home purchase.
New construction homes allow you to be eco-friendly and save money at the same time. If you want to become a part of the smart home revolution then you should check new homes for sale in Greenville from Great Southern Homes. Great Southern Homes is a leader in GreenSmart Home Technology - energy efficient homes for a greener and smarter lifestyle for you and your family.