A new report by Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET has revealed that the world is waking up to the benefits of the Smart Home.
More than a quarter of Americans now own at least one connected home device, and they're enjoying more money, more time, and less worries because of it. In fact, nine out of ten Smart Home users would recommend it to others. Here are three big reasons why.
A Smart Home Gives You Peace of Mind
Stat: 72 percent of Smart Home users say it gives them peace of mind on home security.
Smart Home Security has advanced the home security system into a protective powerhouse capable of guarding your home and family from intruders, accidents, water damage, energy waste and even extreme weather. That takes a whole lot of worry off your mind.
Families with children enjoy this benefit more than most, whether protecting young kids at play in the back yard or staying in touch with home-alone teens. Almost four-fifths of Smart Home parents with under-18s say they enjoy more peace of mind.
A Smart Home Saves You Time
Stat: 57 percent of people with Smart Home tech say that it saves them time—30 minutes a day on average.
With devices like smart lights, locks, and garage doors, a Smart Home gives you a ton of ways to save time.
You get everyday micro-savings, like using your smartphone (or Apple Watch) to turn your lights off or adjust a thermostat. Then, there are significant but less common time-savers, like letting a contractor in remotely rather than staying home for the morning. They all add up.
A Smart Home Saves You Money
Stat: 45 percent of Smart Home users say it saves them an average of $98.30 a month.
A Smart Home offers a range of ways to protect your home and wallet, including automated energy savings that can put a big dent in energy bills.
A fully-integrated Smart Thermostat uses information from all around the house to save energy while keeping you comfortable, while smart plugs and switches take the work out of battling energy waste by appliances like TVs.
To read the report by Coldwell Banker and CNET in full, click here.
Back-to-school time comes with big changes to schedules and new concerns for parents. With smart home security from One-Stop Communications, your child coming home safely is less likely to be one of them.
If you're a working parent with older kids, you're not going to be there every night when the bus drops them off. Traditionally, that would mean a routine of check-in calls and keeping tabs on their whereabouts. That can be a hassle for everyone in the family.
Not so with smart home alarm system, which easily provides the perfect back to school awareness solution to keep you worry free.
1: Add a Smart Lock
Keys are small and easy to lose. Kids can be absent minded - particularly with all that homework on their minds. Combine the two and there's a good chance you might be making a few trips to the hardware store for extra keys this fall.
Wait—you hid a spare key under a planter? That's a solution that a burglar will thank you for. A better way to go is a smart lock for your front door. It's a permanent solution to lost (and poorly-hidden) keys. They open with easy to remember four-digit codes or from anywhere with our smartphone app.
2: Set Up User Codes
User codes don't just open doors, though. They provide peace of mind, even when the security system is disarmed.
With your smart lock integrated into your Smart Home Security system, your child's user code can trigger an instant alert when they use it.
That means you'll know exactly when they arrive home. There's no need for them to text, no need for you to call, and no need for you to wonder—it's completely automatic. For additional awareness, you can create a no-show alert, which lets you know if they're not home by a certain time. Then you know to follow up.
3: Add an Image Sensor
So who else is home? If you don't want your home to turn into a neighborhood hangout in the afternoons, then it's a good idea to keep tabs on who's there.
An image sensor is a motion sensor with an onboard camera that lets you visually verify who's coming in and out of your home. Positioned in the hallway overlooking the front door, it can take a snapshot right when your kids arrive home so you can rest assured that they're following your rules on after-school guests.
4: Program Your Smart Thermostat
Kids have more exciting things to worry about than keeping the energy bill down, so they often overlook closing doors and windows when the AC is running.
You can rest easy about your kids ‘cooling the neighborhood' with a smart thermostat, which can automatically set back to ‘savings mode' if they leave the door open for any length of time.
You can also keep more control over the temperature settings in your home, even when you're not there. Set a schedule on your Alarm.com Smart Thermostat and create an alert so you'll know if anyone makes an adjustment on the thermostat. You can even restrict temperature changes so they can only be made from the mobile app, not the device.
Don't Have Smart Home Alarm System? Get Started Today
Back-to-school is here, but it's not too late to make it easy with One-Stop Communications.
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