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3 Reasons Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Upgrade to a Smart Home

Shorter Days, Dropping Temps, Smarter Home

As the days grow shorter, some homeowners begin to spend more time at home – cozying up with pumpkin-spiced lattes and new fall TV shows. Others are settling into a new school year and new after-school routines. Yes, the fall is a great time to start something new. As temperatures drop and summer wardrobes are swapped with cooler-weather clothes, here are three reasons why fall is the best time to ditch the analog and add in some smart home living:

  1. Cooler temps = new opportunities for energy savings. A smart home begins with a smart thermostat, and by installing an Energy Star rated thermostat, homeowners can save money on their energy bill, depending on geographic location. Homeowners can use our energy calculator to see how much it could save them.

    Resideo offers energy efficient thermostats like the Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat. It’s a programmable thermostat that can control heating and cooling settings from a smart device. Users of the Resideo App can enable a geofencing feature that can tell when people are coming and going to automatically optimize comfort. Through smart room sensors, comfort can be scheduled in the rooms that matter most – like in bedrooms at night.

    For a better understanding of a home’s heating and cooling, the T9 comes with a Home Energy Report that tracks and compares energy usage based on similar homes in the area. Homeowners receive tips to help reduce energy use, make their home more efficient and help save money.

    Beyond conserving energy through temperature control, a Resideo Professional can help homeowners save more with lights and motorized shades that can be programmed to switch to an evening mode as the sun sets, or lights can turn on and off automatically when someone enters or leaves the room -- so homeowners never have to worry about wasting energy.

  2. Protection during shorter days. For most homeowners, the home is the most important investment they will ever make, so it makes sense to help protect it and keep all critical aspects running smoothly. Advances in smart home technology are helping homeowners take more control of their homes, especially when it comes to home monitoring and security.

    Burglars do some of their best work in the dark, so installing a security system may help offer some peace of mind. In Austin, Texas, one of our employees was recently robbed twice in the same week, and was grateful to have a security system and visual proof of the break-in. Beyond helping with intruders, security systems help keep an eye on other activities: whether that’s seeing who’s ringing the doorbell, or knowing that the kids have arrived home from school.

    At Resideo we offer both a DIY and a professionally installed security solution that help the homeowner monitor their home from anywhere – including alarms, notifications, intelligent audio recognition, video doorbell and 24/7 monitored smoke and CO detectors.

  3. More indoor time = new opportunities to have a delightful digital life. According to the EPA, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Isn’t it time we expect more from the time spent in our homes? A smart home can help ensure all critical areas of the home – air, water, energy and security – are protected and connected. On any given day, a truly intelligent home can adjust the temperature during the drive home to conserve energy, identify a running toilet to conserve water usage, and send an alert if a door was left unlocked to help offer some peace of mind.

    Our smart products also integrate with other voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, SmartThings, and others. For example just say, “Alexa, set the living room to 72 degrees until 8 p.m.” Or “Google, turn down the lights.” Our Smart Home Security System even offers a built-in Alexa so users can play music, audio shows and books.

Smart home technology is helping us live better, connected lives while we help protect what we love and conserve resources where we can. To learn more about how to start a smart home, talk to a Resideo Pro.