Spring has long been the season of house cleaning and home improvements. We all want to recover from the winter blues by working on our homes in the spring, giving us more time during the summer months to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Knowing this, we consider spring the ‘smart home’ season here at Uxari. As long as you are planning home improvement projects to be completed over the next couple of months or so, you might just as well include DIY home automation in your plans.
The way we look at it, there are two kinds of consumers who prepare for spring smart home season: those who already have some home automation features installed and those who are dipping their foot in the home automation pool for the first time. Both groups can benefit from planning.
Look at Your Landscaping
Modern home automation actually got its start as an extension of home security. With today’s technology, however, we can go so much further in exterior spaces than the simple DIY outdoor security camera. We can also make the outdoors more enjoyable and efficient through automation features. So start thinking about what you want to do with your landscaping.
We can automate your exterior lighting to accommodate all your landscaping features. Illuminate your walkway for safety while lighting up key features of your home to create the perfect nighttime image. We can even automate your irrigation system too.
Assess Your Climate Control
Just as many homeowners have their furnaces inspected in the fall, spring is the time to have your air conditioning unit checked out as well. That makes spring the perfect time to assess your current climate control parameters. If you’ve not yet automated your heating and cooling, what’s stopping you? Automation can save you a ton of money by making the best use of climate control equipment. You will spend less keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Consider Your Security Vulnerabilities
Spring cleaning is that one event of the year that motivates families to tear apart and clean virtually every room in the house. There’s no better time than this to consider your security vulnerabilities. While you’re cleaning up and clearing out, take a look at places that might look inviting to criminals who try to break in. If you have a security system in place already, evaluate how well it protects the most vulnerable areas of your home. Add to it if necessary. If you don’t yet have a security system in place, spring is an excellent time to install one – once you have the house cleaned up and organized the way you want it, of course.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Fire departments typically recommend checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the start and end of daylight saving time. This is a great strategy so make checking the detectors your first spring project. Battery-operated detectors should have new batteries installed while wired units should be tested.
Here at Uxari, we offer connected detectors that can be part of your home automation system. A connected unit does more than just make noise when smoke or carbon monoxide is present. They also alert a remote monitoring center where personnel are waiting to notify authorities.
Spring is the perfect time to install on existing home automation system or upgrade one you already have. Remember that today’s home automation goes well beyond a simple DIY outdoor security camera. Modern, state-of-the-art systems can raise your level of security and efficiency to heights never before possible.