DIEGO — The smart evolution has begun in our homes.
More and more connected items are available to let you
control your property from a single device, no matter
where you are. Everything from lighting to heating and
even making a cup of coffee can be at your fingertips.
home products are streaming into the marketplace, which
makes it very confusing to know what’s really useful
and what’s just really cool — but not so useful.
smart solutions become more and more mainstream,
builders are increasingly incorporating high-tech
options into new construction. So what smart technology
should the homebuyer keep in mind when shopping for a
technology in new homes centers on security and energy
savings. Look for systems that can control interior and
exterior lights, heating and air conditioning, such as
the Nest smart thermostats, and home security systems
with items such as video doorbells and smart door locks.
sound systems are also popular items. Savvy shoppers are
expecting to find these compatible with voice-activated
devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home.
this technology means homeowners need to consider how
the home is set up. To make everything work properly,
the home needs to be completely wired with enough
bandwidth to support audio and video streaming and good
Wi-Fi reception in all corners of the home.
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example, Hallmark Communities provides homes at 1125
South in Oceanside and Ticonderoga at Bay Park with a
Structured Universal Network (S.U.N.), including
Category 5 Enhanced (CAT 5E) wiring for telephone and
data communications and Quad Shielded (RG-6) Coaxial
Cable for television and video distribution.
buyers in high-end downtown high-rises expect homes to
be equipped with the latest technology.
important for Pacific Gate residents to have a smart
home that allows them to easily automate climate,
lighting and window treatments using their mobile
device," said Bemi Jauhal, director of sales and
marketing at Bosa Development. "This way,
homeowners can program settings to fit their individual
needs and preferences. In addition, technology that
provides filtered water, such as Everpure, is relevant
to our homebuyers."
developers have announced that they will make smart
technology part of their standard offerings.
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Homes, which is offering homes in Pacific Highlands
Ranch and at Quintessa in Vista, recently announced that
it will include Wi-Fi enabled home automation technology
in all new construction as of this month. Items include
video doorbells, thermostats, garage-door openers,
lighting and irrigation. Homes will be designed with a
centralized location for the Wi-Fi modem.
Brothers, which is building in the new master-planned
community of Robertson Ranch in Carlsbad, has also
recently announced its expansion of smart home
offerings. The company’s Westminster Security
subsidiary is now TBI Smart Home Solutions. Homebuyers
will be able to consult with a low-voltage contractor to
choose a range of options, from home security systems to
whole-house automation packages.
technology goes hand in hand with sustainability.
Automated blinds will keep homes cooler, and thermostats
will turn the temperatures up and down only where and
when it’s needed. Power management systems are
becoming increasingly popular. These systems shut off
standby power, which some studies say use as much as 5
percent of U.S. energy consumption.
items such as connected refrigerators — which let
owners peek inside from the grocery store to see what’s
missing — are gaining some traction, items like this
are still relatively rare and expensive. Consumers are
looking for solutions that will save time, money and
energy. It’s those items that will begin showing up as
standard features in new homes.