Home sweet home has never been sweeter, thanks to technological advancements that are making our homes more convenient, easy to manage and safer than ever before. Here are four ways technology is making new-found conveniences something to write home about.
Today’s home owners have access to a variety of connected systems. Everything from security to heating to lighting can now be controlled online or through mobile apps. The rise in integration means that very soon you will have control of your home’s most essential functions in the palm of your hand.
This convenience will extend outside of the home; through the Internet of Things, each device will be connected online, allowing you to easily monitor your home while on the go. Although these technologies exist today, there is no single integrated solution…yet. However, increased communication between devices is becoming more prominent following Alexa’s breakthrough into the living room.
Solar is starting to become a viable option for powering your home. SolarCity, now Tesla, has recently rolled out the first glass solar roof panels to a few homes. The panels, which look like normal shingles, have the potential to eliminate your electric bill. As more and more adopters sign on, the prices of these systems are expected to decrease, allowing more consumer homes to switch to solar for their electric power needs.
Switching the source of your home’s power is only the beginning. Companies like Sense are providing home energy monitoring solutions. The goal of these technologies is a home where power management is overseen by computers. The system will be able to increase efficiency through simple means such as turning off lights when no one is around, or turning down the AC when no one is home. These technologies are being adopted by home builders around the nation. At Pulte’s newest community, Brookmore Estates in the Orlando area, we have incorporated energy efficient appliances and best-in-class materials to ensure energy savings.
A big dream of sci-fi enthusiasts for decades, home automation is now a reality. While it’s disappointing we still don’t have Jetsons-style robot maids, home automation has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Lightbulbs, doorbells, door locks and curtains are a just a few of the items you can now easily program in your home, because who wants to ever stand up?
Home automation is one area where companies have made commendable efforts integrating with current trends. More and more of these devices are coming with built-in support for Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, allowing for seamless voice control of your home.
You can already purchase sensors that monitor your home’s environment for dangers like air pollution, smoke, mold, pollen and invisible threats like carbon dioxide and radon. These sensors will be able to trigger HVAC systems to efficiently expel unwanted allergens, bacteria and odors from your home, keeping your home healthy and safe for you and your family.
And air is not the only health issue being tackled by technology in the home. There are already tools available on the market that assist with healthy meal preparation. Other tech tackles why many of us don’t prepare healthy meals – time. Remote-access kitchen appliances will allow for us to prepare everything we need for that chicken dinner before we even leave the office.
Diahann Young is the Director of Digital Platforms and Innovation at Pulte Homes in Orlando, Florida. She specializes in discovering innovative ways of developing products for home building. Her role with Pulte has strengthened her passion for DIY, design and real estate.