Need Advice from Smart Bees about Smart House

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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3223 posts
Sugar bee

Remember that is is a fraction of the cost to do things pre-construction, rather then trying to install after the fact.

You don’t want those things now, because they are seen as fancy, and not necessary.  But 10 years ago wifi was fancy and not necessary. 

Try to prospect ahead.  I would talk to the builder who actually has experience in this area.  They will be able to give you the best advice.

Post # 6
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6028 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Solar panels not only are great for the enviromment, they’re great for your property values and will put money back into your pocket too. Tankless water heaters too. Not really the intelligent devices you were looking for, but those are the first two things I’d get.

Post # 7
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1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sunfire:  My IL second home is a smart house, it has its own IP address and everything so we can turn the heat on before we head up there, control the lights etc. There’s an electronic closet in the hallway that has all of guts of the house, the satelite receivers, dvd player, whole house audio etc. Each room has a touch screen mounted on the wall that can control the thermostat, bilnds, lights, music, tv etc and each bedroom/livingroom has a remote control to do the same functions. Its a crestron system and it’s amazing!!! One day DH will inherit this property & it leaves me wondering how do we upgrade the technology in the future? 

Post # 10
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Sunfire:  Honestly I don’t know too much about most of those “smart” features but I can tell you that you guys should definitely have the builder put in a Nest thermostat on each floor (if the house is multi-story). We’ve had our Nest for over a year now and we LOVE it. If you’re interested in having a high-tech house, it definitely meets the bill 🙂

The Nest engineers are also designing a smart, revamped smoke detector that you may want to check out. They’re priced at $129 per unit, so we’ve decided to pass, but if you’ve got a hefty budget for high-tech stuff it might be worth it!

Post # 12
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Sunfire:  Yes, a lot of multi-story homes have a separate A/C unit for each floor. Will you have just one A/C unit? The Nest will control one unit, so if you have multiple A/C units you’d probably want to buy 2 Nests. Here’s some info about it – http://nest.com/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/

 

DH and I are big environmentalists so we bought the Nest to help us conserve energy, but it’s also been cool to get weekly emails with our energy usage, and the Nest looks pretty sleek haha. We went on vacation to San Francisco a month ago and forgot to turn off the A/C before we left for the airport, and once we realized it, we just turned it off with one of our phones. Amazing how advanced technology is getting!

I second the PP’s suggestion of solar panels and tankless water heaters. They’re amazing technology and save you a lot of money in the long-run. I work in the energy industry so if you guys ever get serious about installing solar panels, PM me and I can send you some tips.

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