Smart technology is making inroads and the smart home is no longer considered a home of the future, but rather, in the here and now. Smart technology and automation providers such as Nexia claim that their automation systems can take on over 200 devices, which means that for a smart home, automation is a breeze. What’s more, is that smart home technology tackles an aspect of home ownership that can be detrimental to the property value if not constantly monitored, and that is home maintenance. Home automation takes this simple task to the next level.
Stop Disasters In Their Tracks
While consumers may assume that smart home technology is purely for convenience and sustainability, one of the biggest contributions this tech makes is the ability to notify the homeowner of maintenance issues long before an issue arises. This includes detecting a leak in a water pipe, filter issues with the HVAC system, and even a faulty thermostat. Not only does this act as a reminder for homeowners, it also boosts the safety levels of the property. Smart technology in the home is also a money saver when it comes to insurance, as it reduces the risk of the property.
DIY Converts To DIFM
Where the nineties and early 2000s was known for the IKEA aficionados and their DIY approach, the age of the smart home cultivates a new breed of homeowner: the DIFMer. One of the benefits of this service is that the right tradesperson for the job is notified of a maintenance issue that has cropped up. This means calling the pool maintenance service when the pump needs attention or cleaning services when the exterior of the property needs attention. Strategically placed sensors that are connected via IoT (Internet of Things) technology make this possible.
One Step Further
The ultimate in home maintenance, however, would be the home that repairs itself. This rare breed of technology will not only change the way we live, but may also have a healthy impact on the environment. A careful combination of building homes out of living materials and technology to monitor it all will not only allow homes to live indefinitely, but it will also cut back on the needs for bolts and screws. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), and smart fabrics all merge to kickstart the process. While the studies are still in the beginner phases, it looks promising.
The age of home maintenance is shifting and for tradesmen, it’s time to learn a few new skills to remain relevant. For the homeowner, this is an exciting phase where they get to have full access to the successful management of their properties.