Even if you live an older home that has not exactly been designed to cope with the digital technology revolution, you may be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it can be to adapt your home to some of the new smart technologies.
From providing your home with essential security options to controlling your heating, there are plenty of ways to benefit from the latest technology and increase your comfort and safety.
Investing in the future: There are two ways of looking at the benefits attached to updating your home so that it features some of the latest technology.
The first obvious benefit is that you will be transforming your home into a modern and relevant living space that offers you an increased level of comfort and security, using a host of features that are designed to increase efficiency and improve comfort and peace of mind.
The second positive aspect surrounding investing in the latest technology for your home, is the fact that when you decide to sell your property and move on, your house will become far more attractive to potential buyers.
Some realtors consider that smart technology is the ticket to selling your house.
It is sometimes perceived by owners of an old property, that retrofitting their old home will be too cost prohibitive and maybe even too difficult, but regardless of what type of older home you live in, there are often plenty of improvements you can make, without spending too much.
What you can do on a budget: Even spending a few hundred dollars can have an impact when it comes to technology, mainly thanks to the fact that the price of so many useful gadgets has fallen to an acceptable level in recent years.
A decent Wi-Fi system is a must-have for many home owners these days, and a smart lock combined with a smart doorbell with an in-built security camera. Add in a smart thermostat for better home energy efficiency, and you have made some worthwhile improvements to your home, that will still only add up to hundred and not thousands of dollars.
Improve your lighting options: Good lighting makes a property and improves the ambience and appearance of a room, which is why many of us end up spending about 25% of our utility bill on lighting costs.
Many homeowners are now very conscious of the need to improve energy-efficiency and to keep their costs down, so an investment in smart technology when it comes to your lighting options, can make a difference in a number of ways.
You can still enjoy plenty of great lighting options with smart technology. Changing your bulbs to low-energy versions will help keep costs down without compromising on light coverage, and you can also use motion detectors, to reduce unnecessary usage and give you good coverage and security options when you need them.
An ever-expanding home network: A good Wi-Fi system that provides excellent coverage and speed is not just relevant to browsing the internet, it is also highly relevant to have a robust network that can cope with more devices in your home coming on line.
It is estimated that within about the next 5-7 years, a typical family home is likely to host something in the region of up to 500 different smart devices.
That may seem a fanciful figure, but if you think about the increasing amount of devices you already have and the pace of new innovations, you can soon see that with a strong home network to support it, you can really transform your property into a tech-smart home.
Adding smart technology: Once you have that infrastructure in place, you can consider options such as installing touch panels and remote controls, so that you can listen to your favorite music throughout the home, and you can use similar systems in other ways as well.
You could link up your exterior and interior blinds to a smart system, that can measure the temperature and measure the time of day, so that they can adjust automatically in order to keep the heat in or out of your property, as you want.
Having a number of different systems in place can open up the possibility of integration, so that you have a master system that communicates with all of your devices and responds accordingly. This means that you could easily have a system in place, which regulates the temperature and adjusts the thermostat settings, as well as adjusting the blinds as well, so that you can maintain the desired setting in the most efficient way possible.
Having an old home that was built before the high-tech revolution, does not mean that you can’t adapt your property to take advantage of what is now available.
Lewis Griffiths has an old farmhouse which he is renovating. An electrician by trade the re-wiring was top of his To Do list to bring the property up to date for modern smart-tech living. He shares his tips and thoughts on renovating, smart technology and more online.