New Home Trends – Smart Home Features

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If telling your home to turn up the lights or start brewing your coffee seems like science fiction, we’re here to tell you that the future is now. Builders have begun offering a slate of smart home features in their homes — many of them standard — ensuring comfort without lifting a finger.

What is a smart home?

In general, it is a house with automated functions including security monitoring capabilities, temperature modulation, lighting controls and more.

All these items can be controlled by a phone, a computer or just your voice.

To make sure these systems work effectively, builders start with a strong foundation, installing CAT-6 wiring to increase your internet speed. Many include Wi-Fi routers or “hubs” to integrate your smart home features so you can control them via an app or your smart assistant.

For instance, Pulte Homes offers built-in access points and direct wiring throughout to ensure robust connectivity for an array of products. Every Lennar floor plan is designed using heat maps to verify Wi-Fi signal strength and a commercial-grade network with Ruckus equipment to guarantee every room is connected.

Once the foundation is laid, builders begin adding the smart home features they believe will benefit their homeowners the most.

Santa Rita Ranch builders Perry Homes, Lennar, Highland Homes and Wilshire Homes include video doorbells, smart locks, garage door openers, smart thermostats and smart lights as standard features in their homes while Pulte offers them as part of an upgraded home automation package.

Smart door locks, video doorbells and WiFi garage door openers are all popular ways to enhance home security as you can open and close doors remotely. Video doorbells allow you to see who is at the door before you open it.

In an increasingly eco-conscious world, smart thermostats and lighting can reduce the amount of energy you use. Thermostats like Nest learn your routines and adjust the temperature accordingly. Smart lights can be turned off remotely so you never have to worry if you left them on. Both can save you hundreds on your energy bills.

In addition to hubs, many builders provide voice assistants like Amazon Alexa to interface with the systems allowing you to control your smart home features with just a spoken command.

In addition to standard features, our builders offer an array of a la carte options. You can install smart speakers in every room of your home, add additional smart door locks, install outlets with USB ports and coordinate your security system with your hub.

Why not take advantage of historically low-interest rates to get the smart home of your dreams in Santa Rita Ranch? Low-interest rates can not only get you more home for your money, you can roll the tech home upgrades you love the most into your mortgage — making your home even smarter.

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