When Singaporeans think about smart homes, they might think about houses that speak to their residents before brewing perfect cappuccinos and preparing breakfast. While the smart house as personal chef still remains science fiction, new technologies create personalized living environments.
New smart homes can be linked with the Internet, so homeowners can check their home online. Some homes can send e-mails or text messages to homeowners, letting them know when doors are locked or unlocked, or when other residents open cabinets. Home automation means that when someone arrives home, the doors unlock, lights go on and the thermostat adjusts.
As the price of these technologies lowers, more middle-class homeowners have embraced smart technologies. In 2006, builders included structured wiring, which allows high-speed video transmission, in almost 50 percent of new homes.
Smart technologies can improve resale value and help protect homes. Americans looking to boost their properties’ IQ should consider their plumbing system.