Winter Tech for Your Home
Smart home devices and other new technologies are in-demand year-round but can have an outsized impact during the coldest season. Find out what your home may be missing when it comes to technology that can keep you safe, warm, and efficient this time of year.
Smart thermostats have become relatively common in recent years, and for good reasons. The convenience of controlling the temperature of your home is about more than not wanting to get off the couch. Most of these devices can automatically create a climate control plan built around your schedule. They can recognize when you’re gone and avoid heating a vacant home or anticipate your return to warm the house before you arrive. In addition to the money-saving advantages, you’ll be able to monitor your property’s temperature even when you’re away for extended periods.
Along the same lines, a thermostat is not the only device that can be connected to the internet. The Internet of Things or IoT describes the many options that can now be controlled remotely via the internet, from robotic vacuums to coffee makers. With the right equipment, you can turn your holiday decorations on and off from your phone, have a warm cup of coffee waiting for you when you wake in the morning, or enjoy 24/7 monitoring of the packages left at your front door.
While not a new technology, space heaters can still be an efficient way to stay warm this winter. Placing them strategically where you spend most of your time can prevent you from turning up the heat for the entire home. In addition, more recent advances make finding one that fits your home’s design easier than ever and offers single units that can both heat and cool an area depending on the time of year.
Who wouldn’t want to know immediately when a burst pipe or malfunctioning appliance causes a leak in their home? Leak detection devices can be installed in the areas most likely to face water damage. If moisture is detected, they can send a notification to your phone, allowing you to address the problem sooner rather than later.
Heating your home is only part of the equation when it comes to keeping warm during the winter. Keeping the heat in can be just as important. Motorized shades can make it easy to block one of the most vulnerable escape routes. In addition, some can be synced with the sun’s path to automatically rise to allow sunlight in and add to your home’s warmth.
Wood fireplaces can be messy and dangerous. Converting your existing fireplace to a gas-powered insert eliminates the need to store cut wood on your property and can be a more efficient way to heat parts of your home. If you already have natural gas service, running a line to the appropriate location is relatively simple. A correctly-sized insert can then be installed in your fireplace opening, giving you the warmth and flicker of a flame at the click of a button.
Staying safe and warm this winter can be made simpler with technology. But if your home needs more than just a few upgrades, the origination specialists at Open Mortgage are ready to help you navigate your mortgage options. Explore our website to learn more.