Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Integrate Lighting & Shading into Your Smart Home

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There are certainly trendy items in the smart home industry. Custom home theaters, multi-room audio, and security are usually at the top of the list. However, there are other smart solutions – sometimes overlooked – that can bring you big benefits. They may not be as trendy or as flashy as 4K or surround sound, but they are worthwhile investments that will pay off over time. Keep reading to learn more about using smart home automation to integrate lights and shades into your Newport Beach, California home.  

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1. Increase the Value of Your Home

According to a study done by the NPD, one quarter of millennials have begun building smart homes, and four out of ten want one. They are also two times as likely to install smart home technology in their residence. This means that if you ever have to sell your home, it won’t be on the market as long. Young couples, and even retirees, are looking for properties with that extra special touch, and features they can use for their favorite activities and most important needs. Installing automated lighting and motorized shades is a way to increase the value of your property significantly and attract buyers when your house is on the market. Not only are most motorized shades and lighting systems affordable, but they are also easy to maintain and can last years into the future. This is a solution that will give you a big return on investment.

2. Expand Your Security

While you do want to consider the value of any smart home system you install, you also want to consider how it can benefit your daily life. You may be surprised to find that lighting and shading control can also be used to protect your property. These systems enhance home security in a number of ways. While you are away on vacation or business, you can set your shades and lights to turn on and off at different times to make it appear as if someone is home. Shades also add privacy to every room by covering every window, no matter how out of reach. Adding motion sensors to your outdoor lights adds security as well because your lights can alert you to strange activity – even the critter that may be going through your trash will immediately have a spotlight on them so you can handle the situation fast. You could even connect your lighting system to your surveillance cameras so that any movement triggers both the lights and cameras to activate simultaneously. 

 3. Save More Energy, Time, and Money

Another popular trend in automation right now is green technology. Electronics, lighting, and HVAC systems use a lot of energy, so if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save money too, our energy-saving solutions are a big help. A big reason people choose to install motorized shades and lighting control is because they want to save energy. Shades and lights are an integral part of a climate control system. They work together with your smart thermostat to affect the temperature of the home and reduce energy output.  To cool the home without bringing the AC down low, lower shades around noon to block the sun’s hot UV rays. You can also save energy by dimming the lights down 30 percent. Our lighting partner Lutron reports that this strategy can save you up to 60% on energy usage.

Surreal Systems would love to update your home with new lights and shades. Just fill out the contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you quickly with a lot of ideas for a safe, energy-efficient home.

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