Easy Ways to Make A Smarter Home

Smart home automation systems offer practical benefits for homeowners in Florida and across the country. These advanced technologies are ideally suited for families on the go and can provide added convenience in managing a range of activities in the residential sector. Some smart home devices can be activated at the touch of a button or the swipe of a mobile phone screen. Others operate with little or no input needed, which can make it much easier to keep your home safe, comfortable and customized to your needs. Here are some of the ways in which a smart home can improve your life this year.

Smart Home Increases Security

One of the areas in which smart home technologies really shine is in the creation of home security systems that really work for your needs. A survey conducted by iControl Networks and published in Forbes Magazine indicates that home security is a key driver for many families in deciding to invest in home automation systems. Keeping your home and your family safe and secure is an important reason to consider upgrading to an integrated home automation system.

Modern home intelligence systems can allow you to set up individualized entry codes for children that will let you know when they get home. Additionally, these systems can enable you to restrict your children’s television watching to allow them to complete homework and studying at the times you choose. This can ensure the safest and most secure environment for every member of your family in your Florida home.

Smart Lighting and Blinds

Home automation systems can be set up to control lighting and programmable blinds. This can allow you to promote a safer and more secure environment for your family even when schedules change or when you go on vacation. Your smart home system can turn on your interior lights on a specific schedule, open and close your blinds on cue and can create the appearance that your home is occupied even while you are away.

Smart lighting and blinds can also make it much more convenient to manage electrical costs by turning off lights automatically when you are ready for bed. This can potentially save you a considerable amount of money that would otherwise be spent on lighting up areas that are not currently in use.

Integrated Heating and Cooling

Home automation systems can offer added control over your HVAC system. By using these advanced systems to create comfort zones inside your home, you can enjoy consistent temperatures during the heat of summer or on chilly days in the winter. This requires the installation of a specialized thermostat that monitors indoor temperatures and humidity levels and transmits this information to your centralized home automation system. In some cases, you may be able to adjust the thermostat remotely using an internet-connected computer or smartphone. Other systems are capable of learning your preferences and habits to provide greater comfort for you and your family.

HVAC solutions like the Trane ComfortLink™ zoning system use dampers to control cooling and heating in various areas of your home. This creates customized temperature zones that can be adjusted using your home automation system. ENERGY STAR recommends the use of programmable thermostats and home automation systems to create custom heating and cooling zones. Whether you need added air conditioning in some areas or warmer temperatures for some of your family members, a zoned smart home system can provide you with the right solutions for your needs.

At Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat, we offer comprehensive HVAC solutions and home automation options designed to suit your needs and your budget. Our Nexia Home Intelligence systems mesh seamlessly with the Trane TruComfort™ HVAC systems we sell, making it easier to create the perfect indoor environment at every time of year. We serve homeowners and businesses throughout the Florida Keys and in Brevard and Volusia Counties, allowing you to contact us with confidence about your heating, cooling and home automation needs. To learn more about the options we offer for home automation, give us a call today. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.