Home Automation is the Next Frontier for Sustainable Living
Sunset Green Smart Home
By Bret Jacob, Core Brands Director of Builder Sales
Homebuyers are increasingly conscious of how their lifestyle is impacting the fragile environment. While engaging in sustainable practices and purchasing energy efficient appliances is certainly beneficial, there is a more permanent solution that is rising in popularity for homeowners.
Today’s generation of advanced, cost-effective automation solutions can reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint more than ever before. In fact, home automation offers a thorough, permanent and measurable energy efficient solution that can be integrated into its foundation during the building process.
Home automation offers control over every important system within a residence, such as climate, irrigation, electricity, lighting, HVAC, shades, entertainment and security through mobile apps or proprietary remotes and touch screen. In addition to allowing a homeowner to shut off the lights or adjust the shades with a single command, a home automation platform lets these systems “talk” to each other. Particularly, home automation allows the systems to react, on a customized basis, to seasons, time, motion, occupancy, temperature, humidity and other conditions. This means that, in addition to instant control, homeowners can configure certain actions to occur autonomously on a regular basis throughout the year.
For example, with a home automation system, various subsystems such as security, irrigation and climate can be set to respond to each other in a way that conserves energy. A window opening can automatically turn off the air conditioning in that particular area. Smart shades can be programmed to lower during the height of the summer day to block the sun out — keeping the home cooler without having to turn on the air conditioning. Customized “events” can be built-in, such as “home” and “away,” to automatically reduce energy consumption accordingly – and the homeowner can control these events remotely, from anywhere in the world. The opportunities to conserve energy through home automation are substantial.
These systems also allow homeowners to monitor their energy output in real time, and refer to past logs to adjust their activity. They can view the history of their HVAC, monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures, and configure settings to adjust how they use their HVAC or heating in the future. Additionally, automation systems can monitor the power consumption of the home’s devices, which helps to avoid “phantom power,” an effect that frequently occurs in products in “standby” mode, consuming power without actually needing it at the time.
These energy efficient practices do not sacrifice luxury or convenience. Green homes start with energy management and control, but they don’t end there. The same systems that provide energy monitoring and conservation also provide entertainment benefits for the homeowner. Control and automation includes entertainment systems such as such as multi-room audio systems, media rooms, or pool and spa temperature control. For example, while automated shades provide a cooling effect that conserves energy, they also conveniently provide shade to block out light while watching television in a media room.
Sophisticated yet easy-to-use automation systems are already being integrated into LEED-certified homes across the country. In 2015, the “Sunset Green Home”project in Southampton, New York was built with an ELAN automation system to maximize the economical use of lights, shades/drapes, ceiling fans, HVAC, and outdoor systems such as landscape lighting and irrigation, ensuring that all measures were taken to conserve energy without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Builders can and should capitalize on home automation by partnering with technology integration experts who specialize in green homes. To successfully build a smart home, it is essential for builders to consult an expert that understands how the control and automation system works, and how it integrates with the home’s subsystems. It also is beneficial for a builder to work with an integrator who can service the homeowner after the home is sold, if necessary.
Today’s homebuyers seek the benefits home automation delivers and they are increasingly demanding solutions that reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. Builders can attract more business by offering homebuyers solutions that integrate green home solutions into the enhanced, automated home.
About Bret Jacob
Bret Jacob is the Director of Builder Sales at Core Brands, where he recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary. During this time, he has become an industry authority on residential and commercial market smart control technology.
ELAN, from Core Brands, develops an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and countries worldwide. The new ELAN 8 update was honored with the “2017 Human Interface Product of the Year” award from the Consumer Technology Association’s Mark of Excellence Award Program Committee at CES 2017. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.
About Core Brands
Anchored by the ELAN Smart Home Control Platform, Core Brands combines the strengths of its iconic control, audio, power management, connectivity and video distribution brands – ELAN®, SpeakerCraft®, Gefen®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire® and Xantech® – to deliver a portfolio of connected home and commercial solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.
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