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John Russo

John Russo

Richard B. Arnold Real Estate

How to Make Your House a Smart Home: A Beginner’s Guide

The introduction of smart phones & the rise of high speed wi-fi has made creating a “smart home” a cost-effective reality for many homeowners. In fact, purchasing a series of “smart” products can help you to save money on your monthly energy bills while allowing you to control your home - all from your wireless device.

Making the jump, however, from analogue to digital can be a bit overwhelming for the average homeowner.  I compiled a starting point for you to begin your conversion.  Each product below is reasonably priced and provides a series of complementary products to build a network of smart devices.  When combined, these devices serve as the central nervous system of your home.

To maintain the security of your home’s perimeter, the Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is a weather proof & tamper-resistant camera that captures sharp images any time of the day or night.  The Nest Cam IQ detects people as far as 50 feet away from the camera and can alert you with a photo of who is there.  Nest Aware is a subscription service that even recognizes familiar faces so family & friends are recognized as friendly visitors.  You can also hook up dead bolts on your doors that are connected to this system.  

The Google Nest Protect is a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm that tells you exactly what’s wrong in your house & even sends a message directly to your phone if you’d like.  There’s a human voice that communicates – which is much more comforting than a deafening alarm that provides no insight into the specific problem.

With your home secure from intruders and from deadly smoke & carbon monoxide, you’re now ready to focus on climate control!  The Google Nest Thermostat E regulates the temperature of your house throughout the day based on your preferences and on your schedule.  In fact, the Nest Thermostat E’s energy-saving features can save you 10%-15% on your heating & cooling bills.  This product keeps you comfortable and translates to real cash savings!

Lutron manufactures automated lighting & shades, making it easy to control the light in your house right from your smart phone wherever you are.  Lutron offers hundreds of dimmers & switches to compliment your style of decoration.  You can set the lights on or off depending on your schedule – increasing the security of your home while providing a safe & comfortable entry when you return at night.  

You might also consider Lutron’s occupancy & vacancy sensors which automatically turn your lights on or off when you enter or leave a room.  This is another smart solution that saves money on your energy bill.

As you search for a new home, it’s certainly worth considering which features are available in the home that fall into the “smart home” category.  Click here to see our latest Glen Cove listing that incorporates many of these features.  If you have any questions about buying or selling your home, don’t hesitate to contact me or Tom Kaufman directly!

John Russo

John Russo

John transitioned from a 30-year successful career on Wall Street to follow his true passion, real estate. He has lived in Sea Cliff for over 20 years and is highly regarded in the community.

Tom Kaufman

Tom Kaufman

As a life-long resident of Long Island, Tom appreciates the unique personalities of Long Island's diverse communities. Tom’s insight into Long Island’s North & South Shores uniquely positions him to find the best home for you and your family.

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