Be Smart About Your Smart Home

Real Estate

1Smart technology is here to stay, and it has a firm hold in the home too. New smart-enabled products are coming on to the market all the time; we’re well on our way to the automated house of the future. Yet, not all smart products are created equally. Some bring better benefits to homeowners, and sellers, than others.

ReatlyTimes has published a great article reviewing the smartest choices in smart products for home. If you get a measure of safety or save on energy use, chances are a smart device will be worth the investment. This is especially so for anyone planning to sell. Many surveys of home buyers and sellers are showing the clear winners in the smart home market, with more buyers looking for built-in smart features and sellers getting solid ROI on certain types of smart home tech.

That the top smart home products are either security or eco-based items should come as no surprise. We want to feel safe at home and feel secure in the sanctity of our homes when we’re away. Smart security products such as smart locks and doorbells, in particular those which are video enabled, provide a measure of safety like never before.

With a motion sensing video camera connected to your smart phone, you can help stave off would-be porch thieves, know exactly when the kids arrive home from school, and confirm if raccoons or neighborhood dogs are getting into your garbage. With smart home security systems life is a bit easier and less stressful, something we all strive for.

2We also want to do our part in conserving energy and protecting the environment. Smart eco-friendly home products are making this goal easier to achieve. It all began with the smart thermostat, which monitors living routines to help keep your house comfortable, without you having to deal with it. Knowing when you’re typically away, a smart thermostat will regulate energy use in vacant rooms lessening your overall use.

This also applies to smart lights and window shades. As with all smart products, you can adjust the settings remotely, whether you’re at home or not, adding yet more convenience to our already hectic lives. You also have access to data about your energy consumption which can help you figure out where additional steps may be needed to save even more. And speaking of savings, energy efficient smart products save you money on utility costs.

When it’s time to replace a home appliance, consider going with a smart version. Energy Star appliances have been tested and rated for their ability to use less energy to operate. A smart appliance which is also Energy Star rated will bring double the benefits. With smart technology integrated into appliances like dishwashers, refrigerator, and clothes washers, you’ll know when filters need to be changed, and which settings save the most on energy consumption, taking the guess work out of the equation.

If 2019 is the year to update your house, add value to your property smart products that enhance your security and help save energy. Whether you’re selling or buying a home, work with a Realtor® whose experience and knowledge can help you from start to finish. The Driscoll Properties Team is here to help you achieve your home dreams. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.