They say that a smart home is a greener home. Do you agree?
There are sustainable ways to bring your home into the future. Various new household devices have stirred up interest in home automation and pushed many of us to gradually adapt to this “trend.” Surveys show that Canadians feel good about smart home technology. As a matter of fact, 61% have an optimistic impression.
Technological innovations offer ways to optimize our lifestyles. These “smart” options make our ways of living more convenient, secure, and comfortable. Would you believe that it also has the potential to save the Earth?
If you have finally decided to take that first step in transforming your home and making it more eco-friendly, here are some smart ideas to get you started!
Install Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Lights
LED is an extremely energy-efficient lighting technology. It has numerous benefits that range beyond energy savings and durability that make it a great addition to your homes.
Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of LEDs:
- Cost-effective – Residential LEDs are fairly economical as they use minimal power. They can function on very low voltage electrical systems. In fact, LED bulbs consume at least 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. To narrow down your alternatives, use a product comparison table between LEDs and other lighting technologies.
- Eco-friendly – LEDs are more sustainable than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. No dangerous elements like mercury or sulfur are used in the production of LEDs. LEDs don’t bring the same concerns that traditional bulbs do. Traditional lighting such as fluorescent and mercury vapor lights consist of mercury that homeowners must carefully handle once the bulb reaches the end of its life span. Reduce your carbon footprint by installing LED lights in your home.
- Long life cycle – The average lifespan of LED ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 light hours which makes it more efficient than traditional lighting products. Because LEDs are long-lasting, it will not require replacement for several years. This implies lower maintenance and costs.
- No ultraviolet (UV) emissions – LEDs radiate most of their energy in the visible spectrum, a little amount in the infrared spectrum, and zero in the UV section of the spectrum.
- Flexible design – Due to its physical size, LEDs present many indoor design possibilities. LEDs may be small in size but it is pretty much flexible to numerous lighting applications. Just imagine the lovely things that can be made with LEDs!
- Dimmable – The good thing about dimmable LEDs is that you have direct control in operating it at less than full power. Aside from the fact that it helps homeowners to conserve more energy, the dimming capability of LED enables homeowners to maintain their efficiency. This also improves the life expectancy of the light source.
Tip: Look cool with your smart devices! You can get wearables or fashion electronics that you can use to manage room temperature, switch on/off lighting, adjust smart thermostats, and control other smart devices.
Equip your home with automation devices
Home revolution requires a family or network of smart appliances that can be operated through a smartphone or watch. Many appliance manufacturers and retailers have also introduced advanced products that enable homeowners to program every corner of their home.
Hence, you have a wider selection to choose from. Get connected with these intelligent home systems from morConnect:
- Nest Protect CO/Smoke Alarm – features an industrial-grade sensor, tests itself automatically, and will last up to 10 years. It’s the first smoke alarm that you can hush from your phone.
- Nest Learning Thermostat – programs and pays for itself. It has the following capabilities: Auto-Schedule, Eco Temperatures, Remote Control, Farsight, Energy History, Nest Leaf.
- Nest Hello Video Doorbell – produces high definition video and vivid, crisp images of your doorstep. It has a 24/7 streaming capability which allows you to preview a three-hour snapshot history.
Put those smart windows on
Electrochromic glass, also known as smart or dynamic glass, is an electronically tintable glass that is mostly used for commercial establishments. Building occupants will have access to different control options. Control settings include the management of light, glare, energy use, and color rendering.
Even if this smart home solution is expensive, it is starting to gain popularity among families with high-end homes. It might be quite pricey but having this switchable window installed in your home could also help you save energy. When you use a darker shade, the more solar heat the glass can reflect. Thus, less AC time!
On the other hand, another rising glass alternative keeps the birds out of danger. The ultraviolet interlayer to the window assists the birds to see a pattern and prevent a crash.
Own a ventless heat pump dryer
Heat pump dryers are more cost-efficient than condenser tumble dryers. The average heat pump dryer consumes half as much power as a vented model. It is safe to use and gentle on clothes. With a ventless dryer, you can save a lot of HVAC energy, it reduces the risk of fire, and the installation is streamlined.
Coat your walls with air cleaning paint
We use paint to decorate our homes and to make it more visually appealing. Nevertheless, we also color our homes to protect its structures from the long-term effects of water and sunlight. Today, paint has a redefined purpose. Beyond the said typical reasons, paint could now destroy bacteria and air pollutants.
The launch of air-cleaning paint is a significant breakthrough in the paint industry. This microbicidal paint uses light energy to break down harmful air pollutants and transform them into non-toxic elements.
Do you think it is necessary to upgrade your house using smart home technology? If you have already started, could you walk us through your home remodeling journey? The conversation is now open below!
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