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With today’s rapidly evolving technology, there are several new smart home products that can improve the comfort of your home. Many of the devices are virtual assistant-enabled, hands-free, wi-fi enabled, or smart phone connected. There are products that let you control your thermostat, alert you to home security issues, and shut off your water when there is a leak or a pipe burst. To help you keep up with the latest of these products, we at Island Aire of Southwest Florida have selected four of our favorites to share with you.
Programmable thermostats have been around for a while, but now there are smart thermostats that not only let you program HVAC temperature settings for different times of day, they let you do it from your smart phone. If you are on your way home from work and have been chilly all day, you can use your smart phone to turn up the heat in your home so it will be warm and cozy when you get there.
Some smart thermostats even come with built-in Alexa service with voice recognition so you can ask your thermostat to turn your HVAC temperature setting up or down from across a room. Another option to look for in a smart thermostat is room sensors. They allow your HVAC to compensate for hot or cold spots in your house by delivering more heat or cool air to rooms that need it. With the use of a smart thermometer, you will also save money on your heating and cooling costs.
Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Instead of having separate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, why not get one unit that detects both dangers, and better yet, why not make it one that sends alerts to your smart phone? In addition to notifying you when an alarm goes off, smart detectors also message you when their batteries are low. There are models available that can be hardwired to your house too. Additional features in some models include the ability to integrate with other smart home gadgets, voice alerts, weather updates, night lights, and temperature and humidity monitoring.
Smart Indoor Security Cameras
Smart indoor security cameras provide a perfect solution for taking care of your house and the people in it when you are not home. The camera sends alerts to your smart phone when it detects people entering rooms or when unusual activity is suspected. Whether you want to know that your kids are home from school safely or you want to keep your eye on your pet, a smart indoor security camera will do the job. The cameras are also equipped with 2-way audio so you can listen to what’s going on in your home and talk to your children or pets.
To find a model that will work best for your needs, here are some of the options we recommend you consider: live streaming, video playback, night vision capability, and ability to integrate with other smart home devices including virtual assistants.
Multi-Sensor Home Monitoring Systems
You can take relief in knowing that you will be alerted to water leaks, and the potential risk of frozen pipes, and unhealthy humidity levels when you install a multi-sensor home monitoring system. These systems will send an alert to your smart phone, email you, or call you if they detect leaks from plumbing or major appliances. They will also alert you when the temperature of your house goes above or below your selected settings and when the humidity level is too high and could allow for mold and mildew growth.
We recommend purchasing a model that has shutoff valve compatibility. If a leak is detected, your water valve will shut off automatically to prevent water damage saving you time and money that would be spent on costly repairs.
Give us a call at 239-935-8880 to learn more about what smart technology can do for your home. We have more than 40 years of HVAC experience and take pride in helping our customers improve the efficiency and comfort of their homes.
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