3 Ways a Smart Home System Can Help Save Money in Winter

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Cold winter weather brings a lot of changes to your home, including the possibility of raised household costs. As you seek ways to save money in the winter, learn how a smart home system can naturally cut costs and provide you with extra savings. With an initial setup and a little planning, you can save a lot of money and fully enjoy your home in winter.

Check out three ways to save money in winter with a smart home system.

1. Smart Thermostat

Whether you use oil or electric heat in the winter, heating costs can quickly add up. Find more efficient ways to heat your home with a zoned smart home heating system.

A smart thermostat will break down the different heating zones in your house. Save money by turning off the heat to unused rooms in the home. If one area in your home is constantly warmer than others, then you do not need to heat the area as often.

A smart home app also gives you timer controls. For example, you can set the heat to automatically turn down at night while everyone is asleep in their beds. Manage the heat precisely to cut down on the overall costs while keeping your home warm when necessary.

2. Security Monitoring

Home security can save you money in multiple ways. Cameras on the outside of your home can monitor and alert you about situations and also act as a deterrent against theft. With the monitors, you do not need to worry about porch pirates stealing packages and items from you.

A security system installation may also include door sensors. Receive alerts when doors are left open. If a house door or garage door is open, your home has exposure to cold air, and you may need to increase the heat to accommodate for the sudden change in temperature. Door sensor alerts allow you to shut the doors quickly.

With some systems, you can open and shut the garage door right from the app so you do not need to go to the garage and do it yourself. This service allows you to save on energy bills even when you are not at home.

Additionally, a cold temperature alert can be added to an existing security system, to notify you if the temperature inside your home has dipped below a certain level, a risk for pipes freezing and possible water damage.

3. Lighting Controls

The winter features very short days and a lot of darkness. In homes, you may find yourself using more artificial light to illuminate the home. You may also rely on floodlights outside the home to light up driveways and entryways of the home. If lights are accidentally left on, then you could increase your electric bill.

Smart homes can connect both bulbs and outlets to apps. Through WiFi and Bluetooth connections, you have the option to easily turn off lights and check the status of lights. Just like the thermostat, you have the opportunity to set schedules for lights. For example, you could set all of your lights to turn off at 11 pm if that is a common bedtime in your home.

Some smart home apps also allows you to dim the lights. With dim lights, you can use less power and do not need the lights at full blast. Small changes could add up to a lot of savings. If you have children in the home, you may know how often they leave lights on, and app controls will ensure you do not waste any extra energy or money.

For more information on our smart home systems, contact us at A Tech. Our professionals can install a smart home and security system to fit your needs and the overall layout of your home. We look forward to helping you and are happy to answer any questions you have.

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