4 Ways to Make Your Home Smarter

A Few Tips from Our Professionals

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Having a smart home can mean you not only care about reducing your carbon footprint, but you also care about the safety of your family. Smart home steps can also lead you to lower energy bills and an overall simpler way of life. Our Chadds Ford heating and air conditioning company has a few suggestions on how to make your home smarter:

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Wish you could turn your heat or air down when no one’s home so you don’t waste energy? Wish you could not have to worry about adjusting the thermostat before you leave for work? If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we highly recommend getting one. Not only can you set it to match your daily routine (turn the air down when you leave at 8:00, turn it back up when you come home at 6:00, etc.), you can also get a system that syncs with your smartphone so you can make adjustments when you’re not there. A programmable thermostat not only makes your life easier, but it can also save you money on your energy bills.

Invest in Energy Lighting

If you want to save even more on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint, swap out your current light bulbs for ones that are more energy efficient. Instead of incandescent bulbs, choose CFLs or LEDs. They’ll cost more money up front, but they’ll last longer and they’ll use less energy, making them a good choice for the long run.

Install Security Sensors

From outdoor motion sensors to window alarms to light sensors, security sensors are a great way to make your home smarter. There are many options to choose from and which you choose depends on your lifestyle. If you live in a busy neighborhood, you may want to opt for outdoor motion sensors so you know when there are individuals near your home. If you live in a home with old windows that don’t lock well, you may want to go with window alarms in case of an attempted burglary. Explore all of your options before you decide which is best for you.

Get a Door Lock System

These days, you can find many different door lock systems for your home: remote systems, touchpad systems, smartphone systems, fingerprint systems, and more. Installing a system that requires more than just a key is another great way to make your home smarter. Many of these systems hook up to a security alarm, which means if someone tries to access the system and is denied, an alarm will trigger and they’ll (most likely) retreat from your home. These systems are an especially good idea if you have children or live in a dangerous area.

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