Smart Home Owners Have Smart Homes
The most compelling argument for a smart house has nothing to do with how cool the technology is and how much easier smart home devices can make your day-to-day life. It’s actually this report from the National Energy Board of Canada about the rising cost of energy.
Home automation is the best thing you can do about those creeping bills. Customize how you use energy in real time so you’re never paying for what you don’t need.
Let’s say you turned the heat up in your home last night and then slept through your alarm this morning. In your rush to get out the door, you forgot to turn the heat back down. Without a home automation system, you’d be paying (overpaying) for that extra heat all day. But if you had a smart home, you’d log into your thermostat from your phone and reset the temperature. Easy. And smart.
Start with the smart home devices.
If the idea of a smart home is appealing to you, it should be. Smart home technology is the future, and the future has arrived.
Remote Control Lights, home automation systems and more
While you’re checking the heat, you’d be wise to toggle over to your smart home security system camera to make sure you’re not wasting money on lights you left on in your mad dash out the door.
And if you did, smart home technology will let you turn them off from your phone as well. All you have to do is say “lights off” and it’s lights out.
This is one of the more useful smart home features, given a 2013 survey that found 90% of respondents said they regularly forget to turn off lights. And while lights left on is definitely the most common waste of energy, it’s not the only one. Switched-on televisions and computers are significant power drains too, and both can be turned off via your Stanley Security alarm.com or Honeywell app.
Of course, any connected electronic device can be accessed with a smart home device loaded, even the ones you don’t necessarily think of first. Your refrigerator is a good example.
Smart home technology combined with a basic camera can give you a look inside your fridge from anywhere — like the grocery store — so you know if you need milk for the tea you’re going to want when you get home.
And then you have the extras:
- Set your smart home alarm remotely
- Set up a doorbell alert that shows you a live feed from the camera embedded in your front door and lets you speak to any visitors or delivery people -
- Lock and unlock your garage door from anywhere
- Raise and lower your blinds from anywhere too. This comes in particularly handy for saving energy on sunny winter days because the more sunlight you can let in, the less heat you’ll need You can do all this with the right smart home devices and right home automation system.
Look for the Z-Wave logo
Z-Wave is a network capability built into everything that could be con-nected to a smart home device. You can (and should) read all about Z-Wave on their website because it’s genius. Essentially, the more Z-Wave-enabled appliances, electronics and accessories you have in your home, the stronger your network will be because each is a signal repeater.
Stanley Does Home Automation Right
Since 1843, homeowners have trusted Stanley for tools of all kinds. And while home automation tools may be the newest in our box, they’re still backed by our reputation for excellence. We’re currently ranked #1 in the world for tools and storage, and #2 in commercial electronic security and engineered fastening. And just this year, the Stanley Black & Decker/Dewalt brand of tools was included in the top 30 most reputable brands in the United States. That same attention to quality has carried over into home automation, certified by the Central Alarm Association, homologated by the Bureau of Private Security and complete with a Consumer Protection Office Roaming License. Closer to home, the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada recognize us for providing a service that meets the highest standards of the industry, and we back up your system with 22 monitoring centres around the world, including two in Canada, so you’re well connected.
Set yourself up with a smart home solution
Call us for a free quote or evaluation at 1-855 873-2505, or fill out a form so we can help you evaluate your needs and get you set up with Stanley.