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High-tech Florida homes make life safe and easy

 With just a few taps on a smartphone, homeowners can tell their irrigation system to water the lawn or their automated garage door to close. They can also keep track of their air-conditioner usage, and see who is at their front door. Sounds too futuristic to be possible, yet such capabilities can be a reality, thanks to smart home technology.

Smart home features save you time and money

Such systems truly simplify daily life, according to a 2015 Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Survey. In fact, 87% percent of respondents whose homes already included such functionality testified to the convenience it offers, while 57% reported that it saves them a half-hour a day and 45% claimed that it reduces their costs by more than $1,100 per year.

Home automation systems boost real estate values

As another benefit, home automation systems also increase real estate values. According to a 2019 article on the Smart Home blog, smart homes can fetch 5% more than residences without such capabilities in the same area. In particular, homeowners seek out smart locks, lights, and thermostats, said realtors surveyed by the National Association of Realtors in 2016.

Some Florida builders now offering smart homes

Fortunately, some builders in Florida, such as Vero Beach-based GHO Homes, now include whole-home connectivity features in at least some of their residences. For example, GHO Homes’ GHO Connectivity offering includes a range of WiFi-accessible features, controlled from homeowners’ phones. On the entertainment front, buyers can opt for a wall-mounted TV package and a smart panel for television, phone, cable and internet.

With Nest Thermostat, they can adjust and monitor temperature; and view stats, such as AC usage. Similarly, with Rain Bird WaterSense Irrigation Control, they can control the watering of their lawns from remote locations. The system’s Weather-Sensing Irrigation component means irrigation is only provided when necessary, reducing utility bills and the environmental footprint.

When it comes to security, Nest Hello is a video doorbell, offering HD-quality images 24/7. With this feature, residents can see head-to-toe images of visitors at their front door. Meanwhile, Schlage Smart Lock enables homeowners to lock and unlock their doors — a truly useful feature, if they forgot their key, neglected to lock their front door, or need to let a neighbor in to water their plants. Regardless of homeowners’ locations, the Liftmaster Smart Garage Door allows them to close, open and check the status of their garage doors.

A smart home in Florida offers the ultimate in ease

Combine the tropical climate of Florida with home automation features, and residents will reap an easy-breezy lifestyle. If they seek out developments from homebuilders offering smart home systems, they can experience the ultimate in relaxation.

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