Homes are smarter.

Homes are smarter.

August 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm / by

The *”Internet of Things” is reshaping global business and the way we live. We are wearing Fitbits, tracking electric energy consumption with smart meters and learning about “intelligent homes”.  Innovations now on the market:

Smart Thermostats Install a smart thermostat like Nest or Honeywell to help regulate the temperature in your home and save money. Imagine arriving to a nice cool home in the summer or a toasty warm home in the winter.

Smart Locks Smart locks, such as Yale, Kwikset or Schlage, allow you to create, assign and change entry codes from across the city or across the world. Grant your cleaners instant access, for instance, to a locked supply closet, or keep “guests” out of specified rooms and cupboards.

Smart Light Bulbs Sometimes we leave home and forget to turn off the lights. Smart bulbs, including Philips Hue and INSTEON LED bulbs, can be turned off remotely and remain off until you return.

Door/Window Sensors The security of your home is a high priority. Door and window sensors can send alerts. If someone leaves the house, but forgets to close a door or window, you’re notified in real-time via your smartphone.

Smart Speakers With a monthly Pandora or Spotify account and SONOS speakers, you can access surround sound beats and fill your home with music, for your return, for guests, for that special time of day.

Smart Outlets Appliances like toasters, coffee makers and microwaves, even when not in use, suck up electricity. Save money with smart outlets like Belkin WeMo or INSTEON On/Off Module, and cut power on demand, anywhere, anytime.

*The “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to the interconnectedness of objects, people and places (household appliances, pacemakers, alarm systems, automobiles and highway toll crossings to heavy machinery) embedded with unique identifiers (sensors) able to transfer data over a network without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.