The 7 Most Important Systems to Make a Smart and Energy Efficient Home

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According to the latest 2014 building trends, green home design and smart home technology are the most requested home features for new homes. Homeowners want homes with energy-efficient features and products that help to reduce home energy costs and promote easy, comfortable living.

1. Home Security

Smart security systems let you arm and disarm your home’s security system from any location with a smart phone, tablet or computer. Program outdoor lights to go on and off at desired times. View who’s at your door, monitor your kids after school and check on your pets. Monitor home events and watch stored video clips. Smart home security systems can notify you by phone, email, text or video of any security alerts or if if your home alarm goes off.

2. Heating and Air Conditioning

Smart thermostats let you program your home’s temperature to fit your schedule. Program the thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re sleeping or away or raise temperatures during cold spells. Some models automatically adjust temperatures by sensing body heat or movement. Since smart thermostats can be remotely controlled from any smart phone, temperature adjustments can be easily and conveniently made from the office, car or any remote location.

3. Lighting

Smart lighting reduces your home’s energy use and costs with energy-efficient light bulbs and energy-efficient technology. You can turn your interior and exterior lights on and off based on occupancy, time of day and scheduling. Infrared sensors turn lights on and off by detecting body heat and movement. Ultrasonic sensors can see around objects for 360-degree coverage. Daylight response systems detect light and dim lights or turn them on and off according to available light.

4. Appliances

New ranges, microwave ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, coffee makers and vacuum cleaners operate with smart technology. You can now program cooking times, dishwasher and laundry cycles, vacuum times and morning coffee with the push of a button. New smart refrigerators have command centers that check food freshness, create grocery lists and help with recipes and meals.

5. Plumbing

Water heaters now have touch control panels that allow you to choose operating modes. By reading your normal hot water use patterns, they reduce standby heat loss. Vacation mode allows you to conserve hot water and energy costs while you’re away. WaterSense faucets and shower heads have motion sensors and energy-efficient features that conserve water and reduce costs. According to Advanced Plumbing Drains & Heating in Toronto, these smart plumbing services are most effective when old corroded lead or galvanized pipes are replaced with new copper piping.

6. Audio/Video Equipment

Whole house audio/video smart systems can send music and videos to any room in your house. A smart media system allows you to control all of your audio/video equipment from a wall mounted control panel or from a remote control device. With wireless systems, the only visible components in each room are TVs and speakers.

7. Window Treatments

Smart technology lets you operate your window treatments with push button controls. Raise window shades and open draperies for morning sun or lower shades and close draperies for privacy. Some systems lower shades automatically in bright light and raise them at dawn. You can program your system to adjust shade levels and draperies at selected times each day or on specific days and times.

This post was written by Hannah Whittenly with information from Advanced Plumbing Drains & Heating of Toronto who specialize in installing resource efficient plumbing.

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