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The industry of technology is growing exponentially, integrating its easy-to-use features into our everyday lives. The next step to making your life more tech-friendly is to integrate it into your home. Smart homes are the new trend, and because of this many contractors and home builders are looking for ways to make their resident's lives easier through technology. You can update your current home to be more tech-friendly or look for a smart home on the market if you’re on the lookout for a new one. Small additions to your home can make it more tech-savvy and save you money while doing it.

Northwoods, our first, and Auburn’s first ever smart neighborhood, wants to make residents feel comfortable and connected. We are working with Alabama Power and the leading smart home company in North America, Vivint Smart Home, to bring the best homes to the loveliest village on the plains. With energy efficient appliances and smart technology, Northwoods is producing the first innovative and forward-thinking homes in the area. These smart homes are comfortable and capable of simplifying routine task to make your life easier.

Smart home technology is becoming more expansive. Here are some of the tech products available in Northwoods and other novel ones you may want to try in your home!

Google Home

Designed to compete with the Amazon Echo, Google Home is designed to be your personal assistant. If you need somebody to make a grocery list, set reminders or call your friend Google Home is perfect for you. There are 3 versions of the Google smart devices: Google Home, Google Home mini, Google Home Max. All three give you access to full assistant capabilities, including the ability to play music. The three different options provide different price points depending on what you are willing to spend. The capabilities of a Google Assistant range from playing your television to scheduling appointments.

Smart Thermostat

Have you ever wanted to turn up your thermostat without getting out of your warm bed? A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home remotely through an app. This product is a thermostat that runs off of your home wifi. Using a smart home thermostat can help save you money on your energy bills by adjusting the temperature according to your needs.

Security Systems

Having a secure home it a crucial component to feeling safe. Security systems can be a great way to monitor what is going on whether you’re at home or away. There is a multitude of components to a security system:
  • Control panel
  • Window and door sensors
  • Alarms
  • Security/Doorbell cameras
  • Smart locks
  • Garage door controller

All of these small pieces come together to create an individualized safety net for your home and can be controlled either via the smart panel, or, remotely via an app. Window and door sensors will notify you if the seal of the window or door frame is broken or ajar. Security cameras can be used inside or outside the home to view areas with valuable objects or areas that are harder to see on your property. Smart locks and garage controllers are great for locking up your home with the touch of a button. Security systems are a great way to incorporate technology into your smart home and feel safe doing it.

Smart Speakers

Teaming up with Google Assistant and Alexa, there is a multitude of smart speakers to choose from to play your favorite tunes. There are a variety of ways to engage with the products. You can have full conversations with your smart speakers, set reminders and schedule appointment, play your favorite music, hear the weather report and so much more. There are a variety of smart speakers to choose from some include but are not limited to:
  • Amazon Echo
  • Google Home
  • Sonos One
  • JBL Link View

Tech for Pets

Smart homes can be a great environment for pets too. Leaving your pets at home for the day can be hard, but products like the Furbo Dog Camera allow you to see what your pets are up to while you’re not home. This is a fun and novel trend to consider if you are a pet enthusiast! Some of the functionality includes allowing you to speak to your animals through the app on your phone into the device. If they’re behaving themselves, you can throw them a treat. This is a fun and innovative product to help keep an eye on your pets.

Incorporating new technology like the above into your home is a great way to alleviate some of the everyday stress and chores that come with a home. Smart homes set themselves apart from other communities by helping homeowners save money, time and energy. Whether you’re upgrading an old home or purchasing a new one these products are great feature additions to any home. <

Here at Holland Homes, we are committed to the quality of our homes and exceeding the expectations set for us by our customers. Visit our site Northwoods Auburn for more information on our up and coming Alabama Power Smart Neighborhood.

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