Homes of the Future are a Reality
Imagine having your home act as your personal assistant…raising the temperature when you are cold, lowering the window shades before bed or creating a grocery list based on the contents of your refrigerator. This is not a page from the 1960’s cartoon, “The Jetsons”. All these things are now possible.
“Smart Home” is the latest term being used for home automation. It usually refers to a home that is equipped with heating/cooling, lighting, security and appliances that can be controlled remotely via computer or smart phone, so that you can regulate your home from anywhere. Many smart homes have built-in monitoring systems that can calculate and log usage by all connected devices. This can assist with energy-efficiency.
Some computer systems can monitor so many aspects of daily living that they actually appear to be intelligent. For example Samsung has a refrigerator (Model #RF4289HARS) that has a built-in touch screen to keep an inventory of its contents. It can also search for recipes on Epicurious and display them on the screen. The LG Smart ThinQ LFX31995ST refrigerator will communicate with your smart phone to send a grocery list. It can track the expiration dates of food items as well as recommend recipes that can be made with its’ contents. Smart ThinQ can also access your Gmail calendar or you’re your favorite Pandora tunes while you are cooking.
American Classic Homes includes the NEST thermostat in homes at Tarrington Place.
The Nest thermostat comes with integrated WiFi, You can control, schedule and monitor your home’s temperatures from anywhere in the world. Nest learns your behaviors and automatically adjusts its settings for maximum efficiency and comfort. It will tell you how much energy you’re using and remind you to change your furnace filters. Beginning with our new project in Sammamish, American Classic Homes will be including the Nest thermostat in their new homes.
Other popular smart home technologies include remote control window shades, door locks and security cameras. Landscape irrigation systems are becoming smarter able to detect if it has rained and how much and then adjusting the watering for that day.
If you are wondering what the benefits are of a smart home beyond the cool factor – think convenience, energy efficiency, security and well, of course the cool factor.
American Classic Homes is a family-run Mercer Island-based home builder building new home communities and custom homes throughout the greater Puget Sound area including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle, and Seattle.