The world is changing more so now than it ever has before. Think back to when you were a kid (even if you’re not that old). From rotary phone and clunky computers that required off code commands to operate, technology has increased by more than leaps and bounds. Now, almost everything you could possibly want to know lies in the palm of your hands, thanks to Google. You can visit any place on this planet. You can fly in the air and visit outer space. One day, you may even be able to visit Mars.
UrbanLUX Builders brings the best in technology to your custom home in San Antonio. You can have the home of your dreams in some of the best communities in Texas. Our homes ooze luxury and when you partner with us, you’ll be able to come home after a long day at work and relax in comfort and convenience.
In our last blog post, we discussed whether you should make your custom home a smart home. Today, we’ll discuss some of the best smart home products you can add to your San Antonio custom home. Contact us today to get started!
THE BEST SMART HOME PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SAN ANTONIO CUSTOM HOME
You can invest in cameras for your home, both inside and outside. The outside cameras will track your home’s exterior in the darkest of nights, and your smart camera indoors will track movement in rooms. These cameras will use your Wi-Fi network to transmit the video either to your smartphone or to the cloud for storage. A lot of these cameras have Face Tag technology, making it easy for them to recognize faces. They have real-time remote viewing, as well as the ability to talk to thieves and scare them away.
One of the first smart home technologies to truly take off, you can control your thermostat from your smartphone. Whether you are in an airport, down the road at a soccer game, or even from your bed in the middle of the night, you can control the temperature or turn it on and off, which can result in huge cost savings down the road. You can even warm your bedroom up 30 minutes before you get out of bed each morning, which might actually help you not hit the snooze as much! While you’re lying in bed, enjoying your warming room, you can make coffee as well.
Another smart home technology that is one of the first that people invest in includes using your smartphone to control the lights in your home. You can program the color, the brightness, and the time they come on and off. These are great for when the summer turns to winter and by the time you arrive home from work, it’s already dark outside. Furthermore, being able to set the time your lights come on and off is great for while you are on vacation. UrbanLUX Builders notes that not only does it confuse thieves who may be watching your house when the lights come on at different times, but it also can provide valuable light for your pets left home alone or for when the pet sitter comes by.
Another smart home technology designed with safety and security in mind, motion sensors will tell you if motion is detected around your home. These things are so smart that they know the difference between a pet, or other animal, and a human. You can set up automatic alerts as well so you’ll know if something is amiss anywhere in your home.
Automatic Opening and Closings
One of the most useful inventions of smart home technology is the ability to open and close devices, or turn devices on and off. Appliances, door locks, and garage doors are all able to be opened and closed and turned on and off from your smartphone. This is incredibly useful when you have your hands full of groceries or even kids. Some appliances come with smart home technology built in, meaning there’s no extra equipment needed in order to operate. Trash cans can monitor what you throw away and will produce reports for you. Refrigerators can create recipes for you based on what is in the fridge, and washers and dryers will send you a text when their cycle has ended. Some devices will even track how much energy your appliances are using and then turn them on and off based on usage.
WHERE TO START WITH YOUR CUSTOM SMART HOME
With so many products available, odds are, you don’t need to invest in all of them. For starters, UrbanLUX Builders in San Antonio recommends that you invest in the smart home products that you will use the most. However, when you are adding smart home products to your custom home, it is much easier to add them in during the build phase. Thus, if you think you will want an extensive smart home, we recommend installing a more expansive system that you can add on to at a later date since some smart home technology does need special wiring. You will also need to strategically place the nodes of the wireless network so that they will be able to pick up the wi-fi signal easily.
The possibilities of smart home technology to make our lives easier are endless. For seniors, you can be notified of the time to take your medicine, or alert the hospital if you fall. Smart homes can even track how much food you are eating. These devices can also turn off the stove if you walk away to shut off the bathtub water if it’s in danger of overflowing, which could help older people who are often forgetful stay in their home longer. Those who are disabled could have similar safety measures and notifications put in place as well. Caretakers and adult children could also be notified as well if something is wrong. When you incorporate smart home technology into your custom home, it is often much easier and cheaper to do. While some people decry that smart home technology can get expensive, when you factor in the cost of full time caretakers for your aging parents, smart home technology is a bargain.
CHOOSING URBANLUX BUILDERS AS YOUR SAN ANTONIO BUILDER OF CHOICE
UrbanLUX Builders is your home building contractor of choice in the San Antonio area. We offer the chance to live in one of the best communities in Texas in the home of your dreams. We have amazing floor plans to suit your home style, and our custom homes can be tailored to whatever needs you desire, including having smart home technology installed.
There’s nothing quite like coming home at the end of the day to a home built for you. From automatic lights and door openers to coffee made in the morning by the time you get out of the shower, your custom home in San Antonio is only lacking you. Wake up to a home that is customized in every way to your specifications that will bring a smile to your face every time. Visit one of our amazing communities (The Overlook at Boerne, The Canyons at Scenic Loop, Monteola, and Woodridge Homes), and begin building the home of your dreams today!