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September 26th, 2018 4:44 PM by David W. Welch
The tech era is upon us and the effects are showing up
everywhere — at the store, in our workplaces and now even in our homes. While
tech advancements in the home have brought welcomed convenience, they've
complicated the home search process.
To clear things up, we've got a list of facts and fiction
about smart apartments and houses. We want to keep you in the know when you're
hunting the next place you'll call home.
This one is total fiction!
In the past, smart technology was reserved for the techies
and the elites. The notion might have conjured up images of Bruce Wayne's bat
lair. The truth is, smart homes are becoming increasingly common.
It's estimated that smart home device sales in the U.S. will
billion this year. This trend indicates that smart home technology is not
reserved exclusively for affluent or tech-savvy renters.
Skeptics of smart home technology often wonder if the claims
of money saving can actually stand up to the test. The truth? Many smart
devices will save you money.
Take smart thermostats for example. Some offer programming,
meaning you can schedule your heating and cooling units to rest while you're
away and kick back on to cool or heat your place by the time you arrive home.
Other smart thermostats go as far as learning
your habits and automatically adjusting to save money and energy.
This one is not a clear cut fact or a piece of fiction — the
answer is a bit more complex.
Not too long ago, it
was revealed that consumer smart TVs were spying on their users. This
caused worry for many consumers using smart home technology, and rightfully so.
But you're ultimately in charge of the level of privacy you
choose to give up. Any device that has a camera or microphone has the potential
to record your private data, and devices without this tech are generally safe.
A light bulb or smart thermostat is not going to "spy" on you.
is one of your primary concerns, this is something you must be aware of.
Smart apartments or homes are not exclusive to those who own
their properties. If you thought this was true, you're probably thinking about
the impact on a home's infrastructure required to install smart technology. The
truth is that many consumer smart home devices today are wireless and have no
physical impact on the structure of the home.
This not only means that these devices can be installed in
rental properties, it means they can be taken from one rental to another. If
you're looking for an apartment or house with smart technology, you can
probably find one. But keep in mind, you can easily install your own smart home
system in your rental.