We have come so far in the last 41 years! We would have laughed in 1977 if we knew what new technological advances would be available today! But, with technology and the internet available practically everywhere, your new log home in the country can be just as “smart” as those homes in the city. Here is a list of the new amazing technologies available to help make your log home “smart” and technologically advanced.
Smart door locks have made losing your keys a thing of the past, with smart home features that allow you to enter a PIN code. You can remotely lock doors, get alerts when specific people enter or exit, and check on the status of your locks from an app or website.
Smart outlets allow you to control whatever is plugged in to the socket. Many people choose smart outlets for lighting to enable voice control when entering a room, and to set timers or turn off lights when you are not home. Smart outlets can also control various types of electronics and appliances such as air conditioners and space heaters.
In many homes the garage door is the first line of defense against home invasion. Many people store valuable items in the garage, such as tools and lawnmowers. If you cannot remember whether you shut the garage door, smart home features can be used to find out, and give you alerts when the doors do open or close from wherever you are.
Heating and Cooling
Adjusting the thermostat before you leave an empty house is a great way to reduce energy usage, but walking into an uncomfortable home later can be irritating. Smart thermostats allow you to create schedules and remotely control systems so you can make adjustments when your plans change.
Whether you live in an area with occasional thefts or just want peace of mind that your loved ones and valuables are protected, a security system is an excellent addition. WIFI cameras with built-in motion sensors allow you to monitor movement within your home and an infrared system will capture footage at night.
Many manufacturers are now offering home appliances with smart features such as digital recipe storage in stoves, sensors in microwaves, and touchscreens to control settings on refrigerators and dishwashers. These types of devices may save energy and make your time in the kitchen more convenient and efficient.
If you are thinking of building a new log home, be sure to plan for smart home features. Even if you decide not to invest in a comprehensive smart home system right away, you can save money by planning for smart locks, outlets, and any other features you might use in the future.