The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting trend that captures the imagination. Equipping our homes with automation gives us a futuristic giddiness – and it can simplify our lives, too!The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting trend that captures the imagination. Equipping our homes with automation gives us a futuristic giddiness – and it can simplify our lives, too!
A common misconception is that old houses are off the table for smart home upgrades, but fortunately, this isn’t the case. Here are a few ways to turn an older home into a smart home.
Save Energy and Enhance Your Home’s IQ with Motion-Sensor LightingThere’s a certain futuristic flare to entering various hallways and rooms of your home, only to have the lights automatically illuminate upon your entrance and then turn off again when you leave. Not only is motion sensor lighting easy to install and may not require any rewiring, but it will help you save on your electric bill, too.
What’s more, if you opt for LEDs, systems exist that enable you to change the color from your smartphone, or even control your lighting from anywhere you have an internet connection.
Protect Your Home with Smart LocksWhat if there was a way to control the deadbolt on your front door from anywhere – and it worked no matter how old the home or the door? Fortunately, this is no fantasy.
Smart lock systems exist which are simply installed on the deadbolt of any door, allowing you to lock or unlock your door from anywhere, and even provide passwords to others (such as a cleaner or pet sitter) that work for allotted periods of time before they expire. These systems can be battery-powered, meaning that even older homes can benefit from smart locks.
Upgrade Your Smoke DetectorsOne of the most applauded smart home safety upgrades is smart thermostats. These often require no more than two-wire “hot” and “neutral” configurations found in both new and older homes, making them an available upgrade for nearly any house. These detectors test themselves, provide voice warnings ahead of the alarm itself, can call emergency services, and even .
This is far from a comprehensive list – older homes can be outfitted with countless smart upgrades, from security cameras to thermostats to voice-activated systems and more.
Even so, just because you can easily turn an old house into a smart home, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid any necessary rewiring for outdated systems. The electrical integrity of your house is about more than the convenience of having three-pronged plugs; it’s a matter of safety.
So while you can enjoy the benefits of a smart home no matter the age of your house, it’s always important to keep up with regular electrical inspections (especially for homes over 30-40 years old) to protect your safety and that of your family.