Magicians-in-training, LOTR enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans, unite: If you’ve always wanted magical powers, save yourself some time – a smart home is DEFINITELY right for you. Like your heroes before you, you’ll soon have the ability to wave your magic wand, stroke your white beard, and whisper alohomora (Harry Potter reference to those uninitiated) to open doors. (*Conditions apply.)
For everyone else, the leap to a smart home may require a bit more consideration. Here are 10 signs you should seriously consider upgrading to a smart home:
1. You love technology
Let’s face it: if you’re a tech junkie, you’ll love having a home that rivals anything you ever saw on the Jetsons’. (Except Rosie. But give it a few years!)
2. You have kids (and worry about their safety)
Smart homes are the world’s best inventions for families. If your kids come home from school to an empty home, you’ll love having smart locks that text you when they arrive. You’ll love connected cameras that let you check in. You’ll love knowing that their after-school snack is warm and waiting for them. And you’ll be incredibly grateful if your home warns you that they’ve opened an off-limits medicine cabinet or cleaning supplies.
3. You travel often
There’s no peace of mind like smart home peace of mind. If you travel often, you’ll love having at-a-glance access to your smart security system, anytime and anywhere. You’ll also be able to check in on your lights, locks, and appliances, access your thermostat, view your security camera feed, and even chat with people who ring the doorbell.
4. You care about the environment
A smart home is an eco-friendly home, thanks to efficient appliances, automatic controls (e.g. turning off the lights when you’re not home), and environmentally responsive climate controls.
5. You’d like to have lower utility bills
A smart thermostat auto-controls your home, auto-adjusting temperatures to energy-efficient levels while you’re not home. The newest systems even monitor outdoor weather, adjusting your interior temperatures when the mercury rises or falls. Additionally, smart bulbs and smart outlets guarantee you don’t leave lights on or appliances running while you’re out.
6. You often get home late
Set your home to automatically switch on exterior lights at dusk, flip lights on inside to greet you, and even start dinner so it’s ready when you get home.
7. You’re a tad bit forgetful
If it’s not, shall we say, uncommon for you to forget your keys or leave your lights on all day, a smart home is your salvation. With smart locks and smart light bulbs, your home will unlock the doors when you come home, lock the doors when you leave, and turn off the lights when you’re not home.
8. Security is important to you
Smart home security is the most advanced out there, employing all the old tricks – flood lights, door and window alarms, etc. – and adding on intelligent layers like motion-activated cameras, keyless deadbolts, and remote access to your entire system, so you know exactly what’s happening at all times.
9. Your needs extend beyond security
As great as smart home security is, a smart home’s capabilities go beyond alarms: your smart home can do awesome things, like sense increased moisture before your pipes burst and cause a flood. Not only does this save you considerable dollars, but pre-flood alerts also save you major inconvenience.
10. You’re big on convenience
Speaking of, there’s nothing like the convenience of a smart home – of knowing that your coffee starts brewing as soon as the bedside alarm goes off, that your dinner begins cooking when you leave the office, that the lights you forgot to turn off and door you forgot to lock flipped off and locked shut on their own.
Your turn: What are your reasons for wanting a smart home?