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Keeping Cool This Summer with a Smart Thermostat

Keeping Cool This Summer with a Smart Thermostat

Keeping Cool This Summer with a Smart Thermostat

by Vault Smart Home

 

Vault’s home state of Texas is known for a few things: barbeque, country music, cowboys, and scorching summers. Most people try to find a sweet spot with the A/C in their cars and homes. Keeping the temperature too cool will feel great but can easily double energy bills. Conversely, having an economical air setting can feel like torture during the summer months. With a smart thermostat, however, even the hottest weather can be tamed in the home without breaking the bank.

 

Setting away temperatures to save money

A major flaw of traditional thermostats is that they can only have one setting at a time. If a homeowner wants their system to change to a more economical setting, everything is done manually at the panel. Switching temperatures at the panel is a hassle and changes take time to kick in. With a smart thermostat, simply leaving the house will trigger a more economical setting and if you want a cool house the minute you step in the door, you can remotely set your system to begin cooling on your way home.

 

Using routines for situational cooling

While having a reprieve from the summer sun is vital, not every room in your house needs to be cooled all day. Traditional A/C systems simply attempt to produce the programmed settings. One huge advantage of smart thermostats is that they can target specific areas of the home for the ambient temperature needed. By scheduling routines, you can keep your home office cool while you work from home, shift to cooling the living room for the evening, then cool down the bedroom just in time for bed, all without pushing a button.

 

Being conscious of the cooler days

We understand that not everybody lives in the southern states and some people may not experience scorching summers. In the event of an unexpected cooler day, traditional thermostats are blissfully unaware and still blast your home with cold air. Smart thermostats, on the other hand, have access to weather data and can raise the ambient temperature before you are even out of bed.

Whether you have trouble keeping cool during the summer or simply want to save money, smart thermostats are the best way to achieve both of these goals. If you want to learn more information or are ready to get your own smart thermostat installed, visit us at vaultsmarthome.com or give us a call today.

Smart Home Improvements that Pay for Themselves

Smart Home Improvements that Pay for Themselves

Smart Home Improvements that Pay for Themselves

by Vault Smart Home

 

Like granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, smart home technology will soon move from sought-after factors in home-buying to standard practice for selling a home. Since this shift has not yet taken place, it is still possible to reap gains for the time and money given to upgrading a home with smart technology. In order to maximize the return on investment for making your home smarter, here are some products to begin your home improvement journey!

 

Keeping it cool with a smart thermostat

While your dad may have imparted the ins and outs of keeping your thermostat at 68° year-round as a kid, today’s thermostats can save you money without freezing you out of the house.

With smart learning features, scheduling automation, and remote access through software, today’s smart thermostats learn your schedule and optimize energy use to make life more comfortable while saving up to 20 percent on electricity. On top of improving your family’s life, smart thermostats are also incredibly attractive to prospective home buyers and can even improve the value of your home when selling.

 

Safety is key for savings

Did you know that almost half of homebuyers say home security is the most important smart feature to them? While smart security may not inherently lead to cost savings, homebuyers are increasingly conscious of how smart security systems can impact their home. Safety improvements such as smart locks and panels may not have the quickest payoff but raising your home value while keeping your family safe is a great long-term investment for homeowners.

 

Illuminating benefits with smart lighting

Clap-on lights may well have been the party trick of the decade around 30 years ago, however, lighting has quickly become a quick, easy way to add value to your home. Smart bulbs and switches in 2019 have become less of a novelty and more of a functional tool for homes. With energy savings and safety benefits, the short-term rewards of smart lighting make a great addition to their long-term home-value impact.

While the value of each of these products individually is tangible, integrating all of them into a comprehensive system creates value exceeding the sum of its parts. If you’re looking to make integrated, smart home improvements that pay for themselves, contact Vault.Smart Home. We will evaluate your individual needs and can recommend the products and services you need to maximize the value of your new, connected home.

 

4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

by Vault Smart Home

 

Almost nothing is more unsettling than the thought of having unwanted visitors in your home. Considering your family’s well-being and peace of mind, here are 4 ways you can improve the security of your home.

 

Protect your garage from break-in and theft

Unlocked and open doors are common avenues inviting theft and an open garage door could provide a fire-sale for opportunistic thieves. Installing a smart garage door opener along with a door sensor would allow you to ensure your sports equipment, vehicles, and other belongings are safe while away from home.

 

Ensure your doors and windows are closed

Open doors and garages may provide the easiest opportunities for theft, however, unlocked openings are still prevalent enticements for criminal activity. Using door and window sensors provide two points of protection. Receive notifications to prevent leaving openings on accident and also deter invasion by triggering an alarm when windows or doors are opened at inappropriate times.

 

Keep shattered windows from inviting trouble

Most of us have seen at least one film where a shop or business is burgled by a rock-heaving bad-guy storming through a busted window. While we don’t live in the 1940s and most criminals have evolved from using brute force to commit invasions, there are still methods for dealing with the less adept ones. Augmenting your home-security setup with shatter alarms will scare off most criminals and will alert the police of any brave enough to stick around.

 

Never forget a face using video monitoring

In the other three examples, this not-so-welcome guest is a nameless, faceless intruder. Using indoor and/or outdoor monitoring cameras, however, it is much easier to identify criminals and ensure they won’t strike again any time in the near future. Furthermore, just the sight of outdoor cameras is often enough to dissuade would-be intruders and adds another layer of security to your home.