Whether you own a luxury custom home in the Naples, Florida, area or are planning to build one, consider modernizing it with cutting-edge smart-home features. Recent technological advances make it possible to automate many of your home’s functions and manage them from your cell phone or other smart devices.
The general contractors of Carlson Harris encourage their Naples, Florida-area clients to include smart home features when renovating or building a new custom luxury home. With extensive luxury homebuilding experience, Carlson Harris has witnessed first-hand how homeowners benefit from smart home modifications.
The Internet, advanced software, and wireless communications power smart home technologies under a concept called the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The “things” of IoT refer to any devices connected to the Internet and capable of processing information and sharing it with other connected devices and the Internet. Many IoT devices contain sensors designed to detect physical actions or other stimuli to which the device responds. For example, a smart doorbell that detects movement automatically triggers its camera to turn on and perhaps send a notification to your cell phone. Depending on its function and type, IoT devices can be controlled via apps on smart devices or by voice command using intelligent digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, or some combination thereof.
With the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence technologies, smart home devices will undoubtedly grow smarter, with advanced capabilities going forward. Let’s look at some of the most popular smart home features you should consider for your custom luxury home.
Smart lighting options allow you to control the lighting of your home automatically and/or remotely, whether individually or by room or other groupings. Smart lighting eliminates the need for light switches and lets you turn them on and off and control brightness with your cell phone or smart device, your voice, or on a set schedule.
Smart home entertainment devices can be set up to make the control of your TV screens, video, and music systems hands-free or easily managed by an app on your cell phone or tablet.
Smart thermostats give you more ability to control your home’s climate effectively and can help decrease energy costs. You can adjust settings with your cell phone or other smart devices to track your home’s environment in real-time. Some thermostats automatically adjust temperatures when their sensors track people’s presence in a room; some have room sensors to help HVAC systems deliver uniform heating and cooling throughout the home.
Smart home security devices provide real-time notifications of potential security threats. Smart security cameras activated by motion can deliver real-time coverage of the area to your cell phone or device. If it turns out to be a raccoon, no problem—if a prowler, you’ve got evidence and can call the police. Smart smoke detectors can be programmed to turn on lights to guide the way to exits and send out alerts if householders aren’t home.
Doorbell camera systems have become especially popular for home security. Many models are activated by sensing people’s approach; some have audio capabilities that let you communicate with visitors via your cell phone or smart device. Smart lock options that can lock and unlock your doors include voice command, fingerprint ID, and smart device activation.
Whether your yard has an in-ground irrigation system or a hose-based watering system, you can save water by ensuring a smart irrigation system manages it. A smart irrigation system can provide easy remote control via your cell phone. Some models incorporate smart scheduling options that can track the local weather to skip watering when it rains.
If you’re building a new luxury custom home or planning renovations to your existing luxury home, ask your contractor about smart home features you might want to incorporate into the job. The experienced contractors at Carlson Harris keep abreast of developments in the smart home field and strive to offer their clients the most advanced smart home features available. They also configure smart home features for seamless interoperability and adaptability with future technological advancements. To learn more about incorporating smart home features into your Naples, Florida-area luxury home build or renovations, contact Carlson Harris today at 239-352-2460.