We talk a lot about what happens with a smart home while you are there. As my family and I live with this technology what strikes us more and more is how valuable the technology is in our day to day life when we are not home.
I’ve been reading a story my late grandfather wrote years ago describing his life growing up as a young boy in small town Massachusetts before, during and after the Great Depression. His descriptions of what it took to start a Model T Ford or get ice delivered to your “box” remind me how far modern conveniences have come in the last 75 years. It really is amazing to think we are on the brink of another major revolution centered around our home and how we make it a more energy efficient, safe and entertaining place. At the end of the blog, I share my Top 3 favorite things that have changed from back then and have become modern conveniences we sometimes take for granted.
Before we get to that, here are my family’s top five favorites things that happen in our home when we are not there.
- Out the door we ago and within 30 seconds our Nest X Yale, locks the door for us automatically. Our Nest security system senses I have left without setting it and asks if I would like to put it on. With a busy weekday and weekend schedule this is very helpful!
- While I’m out sweating on the soccer field with the rest of my soccer mom crew the temperature in my home automatically adjusts to save on heating/cooling costs.
- Our Big Ass Fan (yes that’s the brand name!) Haiku smart fan assists with this as its Smart Heating/Cooling feature turns on automatically to circulate air at key times. This works in conjunction with our Nest Learning thermostat. The one two punch makes sure we are getting the most bang for our buck in the circa 1929 home my family lives in.
- Our iRobot Roomba smart vacuum cleans our hardwood floors so we walk into a clean gleaming floor throughout our first floor – like I paid to have it professionally cleaned while we were out – free of kitty litter and the animal cookie crumbs my adorable 7 year old left earlier in the day. I scheduled this once in the app to run three times a week when we aren’t home and it is by far my favorite time saver as a busy mom and CEO.
- When we return home our Nest X Yale Smart lock knows it is a family member (we each have our own code!) and automatically disarms our Nest security system. For good measure if it is dark out, our LIFX works with Nest and turns on our lights sensing we may need some visibility when we come home after dark.
The Connected Home’s main purpose is to be the opposite of work. We don’t need to do anything to gain benefits from it. I get more time with my family, less maintenance and more enjoyment out of our home overall. When the right products are in place for your Connected Home, they work together and are truly effortless.
Here are my top 3 favorite modern convenience that we no longer need to put much effort in:
1. In 1937 there was no trash collection. You threw your trash in a community “pit” from the neighborhood. No one came to your house to pick it up. In retrospect – what a luxury it is to have someone come to your house!
2. Freezers were not common, in order to keep your perishables cold, ice was delivered to your house and you left a card in your window indicating how much the ice man should deliver – your door was unlocked – the delivery person just walked right in and delivered it whether you were home or not.
3. Instead of putting in a key or nowadays pressing a button, you started your car by cranking it like crazy to get the engine going before running into the driver seat to steer.