Smart Home Upgrades for 2023
A new year means new opportunities to upgrade your home that will not only increase its value, but also add safety measures, energy efficiency and peace of mind. Make 2023 the year you implement smart devices into your home and lifestyle. From smart locks, to thermostats to smoke detectors, you now can enjoy the convenience of managing and monitoring your home from any where, anytime.
As the technology has progressed, so has the affordability. These devices take minimal time or skill to install. In addition, the investment gives your home an edge that may help speed up the sale, score the asking price, and make your listing more attractive.
Here are some smart devices you might want to invest in for 2023:
Simple Surveillance With a Video Doorbell
When placed at the front door, smart video doorbells can add an extra feeling of security. When a smart doorbell detects motion or if the doorbell is pressed, it will alert your smartphone while also saving the video clip. These devices come with incredible video quality, so you can see visitors clearly and even communicate with them through the app with your voice. You can choose models that require hardwired connections, or you can go the battery-powered route. These devices are relatively simple to install and come with clear, step-by-step instructions.
USB-C Wall Outlets
These are an excellent way to integrate smart technology into your home. The best part? You can get the job done yourself if you're comfortable working with electrical components.
These outlets work like any other smart outlet by allowing you to control them from a smartphone app and schedule automation for times when your house is unoccupied. However, they also include one or more USB ports that provide safe and reliable power for charging electric devices like smartphones and tablets. Adding USB-C wall outlets in your smart home project is the best way to future-proof your house. With more and more devices using USB-C for power, these outlets will become a necessity in the years to come.
Smart Light Bulbs and Switches
Give potential homebuyers a brighter experience with smart lighting – after all, 63 percent of survey participants would want a smart lighting system pre-installed. A simple and affordable way to implement smart lights in your home is by installing smart LEDs. A more endurable option is a smart switch. You can purchase a starter kit that contains multiple bulbs so you can swap out your current bulbs in lamps and fixtures. The process is simple. After replacing the bulbs, set up the smart hub, which connects the bulbs to your WiFi, or use wifi bulbs and switches that don't require a hub.
Smart Built-in Speakers
The best smart home devices are the ones that make your life easier and more enjoyable. That's why built-in speakers are such a great addition to any home. Not only do they provide high-quality audio that can be controlled from your smartphone or smart home assistant, but they also blend seamlessly into your decor. They connect wirelessly to your home network, making it easy to play different music in different rooms. Another benefit? Smart speakers can help control other devices in your home by voice command because they typically include microphones that allow you to issue commands directly.
Secure the Front Door With a Smart Lock
Smart locks come with a wealth of valuable features that new homeowners will appreciate, including auto-lock and unlock functions, remote locking capabilities, and the ability to create unique passcodes for guests and contractors. Just like a smart doorbell, installing a smart lock gives an extra layer of security to the home’s front door. Some locks even come with voice control options, which allows for hands-free control.
A smart home renovation project isn't complete without a smart thermostat because they impact your house's comfort and energy efficiency. You can save money on your energy bill each month by installing a smart thermostat because they help you keep your house at the perfect temperature. Smart thermostats can also learn your schedule and adjust the temperature accordingly. This means that you'll never have to come home to a hot or cold house again. When you're out, it will automatically adjust the temperature settings to make sure your house doesn't waste energy while no one is there. You can also control your thermostat from a smartphone app or through different smart gadgets. The smart thermostat benefits don't stop there. They can also improve the indoor air quality of your house by monitoring the temperature and humidity levels. This is especially important if you have allergies or asthma.
Replace Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smarten up your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and save your future buyer’s sanity by sparing them from those jarring chirps in the middle of the night. Intelligent smoke/CO detectors will send alerts to your smartphone if smoke is detected or if their battery is running low. Peace of mind is priceless, and offering it to potential homebuyers adds an element of safety to the home.