Offer Clients Better Home Energy Management With Smart Tech
Smart technologies that regulate lighting, climate, and HVAC help lower a home’s carbon footprint
Today’s new homeowners are more environmentally conscious than ever before, and there’s a growing cultural shift toward going green, reducing the carbon footprint, and conserving energy. If you’re a design-build professional, you have the opportunity to use smart technology to attract new homebuyers seeking energy-efficient housing. Integrating smart systems like lighting automation, motorized shading, and climate control into a home’s architecture is a significant value add in today’s housing landscape.
If you have an upcoming custom home project, keep reading to learn more about green technologies you can use to design and build more energy-efficient homes in Paradise Valley, AZ.
Lighting automation is a simple and convenient solution for reducing energy waste in homes. Homeowners can use dimmers, occupancy/vacancy sensors, and preset lighting schedules to ensure that they’re only using the amount of light they need. In addition, home lighting fixtures can be fitted with LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient and longer-lasting than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Finally, homeowners can harness the power of daylighting technology to cut down on lighting waste. Daylighting automatically adjusts the level of electric lighting based on the amount of natural light available in the room. Over time, consistently reducing lighting waste can save homeowners money on electricity bills.
A motorized shading system is another excellent technology for improving home energy management. During the summer, closing the window shades can prevent interior heat gain and reduce the cooling burden on homeowners’ HVAC systems. During the winter, opening window shades during the day can warm the house naturally, while closing the shades at night can insulate interiors and keep warm air from escaping. Homeowners can use their smartphones to schedule shades to open and close at specific times of the day throughout the year to optimize energy efficiency and reduce reliance on the energy-consuming HVAC system.
A smart thermostat is another energy-conserving smart technology. Smart thermostats automatically regulate indoor temperature and humidity levels based on outside weather conditions and household preferences. Precise temperature regulation improves a home’s HVAC efficiency, which results in less energy waste and lower utility bills for homeowners. Additionally, multi-zone smart thermostats can control temperature room-by-room or area-by-area, allowing homeowners to set comfortable and controlled temperature levels based on an area’s use. Finally, smart thermostats can be programmed to activate an energy-saving mode when everyone is gone to ensure the HVAC system isn’t running at full power in an empty house.
While the smart technologies listed above work well independently, they provide even more energy-saving benefits when integrated into a home automation system like Control4 or Crestron. Different smart devices can communicate and work together to regulate a home’s indoor environment for maximum energy efficiency in a connected system. We recommend enlisting the help of a smart home integrator at the beginning of a project to add home automation capabilities to new homes.
If you’re a builder, architect, or interior designer with an upcoming custom home or design project, let’s meet to discuss energy-efficient smart solutions for your spaces. Visit our showroom, call 877-246-5458, or submit an online contact form to get in touch. We look forward to working with you.