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MAY 2019

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96 May 2019 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {Blog Spot} If you're uncomfortable with tech- nology or new to home automation systems, your options can seem overwhelming. To make the process less painful, here are some simple ways to integrate new technology into your home, and how they can help make your life easier: SMART THERMOSTATS. While pro- grammable thermostats aren't a new concept, smart thermostats can consider weather patterns and user behavior to adjust the tempera - ture of your home to fit your needs. The increased control can also help you boost your energy efficiency. SMART PLUGS. Smart plugs won't require any extra hardwiring and al - low you to manage different devices plugged into outlets from anywhere. You can turn on a lamp to make it look like someone is home when you're out, turn on a slow cooker to start preparing dinner before you get home, or turn off the coffee maker that you always seem to leave on. SMART LIGHTING. Integrating smart lighting into your home is as easy as installing a special LED light bulb. (No rewiring necessary.) Homeown - ers can control different lighting conditions from their mobile device, setting the mood for a party or ro - mantic dinner with color and bright- ness features. SMART IRRIGATION SYSTEMS. Smart irrigation systems can help you find the balance between maintaining beautiful landscaping and actively managing your water usage. These systems go beyond a programmed timer for watering lawns and flower beds by monitoring weather pat - terns, soil moisture content and temperatures to adjust water usage accordingly. SMART WATER SENSORS. Truly relax on your next vacation knowing that your home is protected by a mois - ture sensor. These systems will send a notification to your smart - phone or tablet if excess moisture is detected in your home, which will prevent water leakage from plumb - ing issues, burst pipes or flooding before it causes a major problem. When it comes to adopting new technology, while we're quick to do so in many areas of our lives, we're more hesitant when dealing with new technology in the home. Trying out a smart system or two doesn't have to be a huge investment and can even provide greater peace of mind while you're away from home. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. Top Smart Tech to Integrate Into Your Home by Brentnie Daggett I t's no surprise that one of the most common predictions for the real estate industry as we make our way through 2019 is the continued importance of technology. As smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increase in popularity and capability, smart home technology continues to grow at a steady pace. While new tech is introduced all the time, it can be challenging to understand which applications might be worth a try.

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