When remodeling, don’t let high tech pass you by. Many energy, safety and convenience improvements can be done as do-it-yourself projects, but a remodeling project opens up a larger world of possibilities.
“Home automation is a growing part of any remodeling project, and the opportunities are expanding all of the time,” said Joel Davidson, owner of Davdison Services Inc. of Sycamore, a remodeling firm that has offered home maintenance services over the years.
Davidson said that since remodeling is most often personalized, it can include personalized high-tech management, safety and security features. A key element is control when you’re doing something else or not at home, he said.
“The main component of most of these items is the Internet. A quality home WiFi network will enable you to maintain your home and prevent damage or worse. A lot of these can even be controlled by one app.”
For example, there are water and temperature alarms that can shut off water to a device if excess water is detected, or “call” you if the temperature in your home drops below a certain point. Another WiFi app connects you with your garage door opener: open or close it from anywhere, or just check to make sure you closed it.
Still another are app-controlled switches and outlets. You can control lights and outlets anywhere, any time, and/or program to a set schedule. Appliances can also be controlled by apps, such as stoves and refrigerators.
It’s a question of how much control you want to have and off what.
One thing Davidson definitely recommends: a whole-house surge protector.
“All these fine electronics is more susceptible to power surges” that can shut things down, he said.
Consult with your contractor or electrician when discussing your remodeling project.