WESTPORT, Conn. -- As one of the top associates for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Westport’s Gail Lilley Zawacki has seen the latest in home technology.
One trend she has seen more frequently lately is the use of temperature technology to help keep homes at the right climate on a steady basis. Companies such as Honeywell and Google have developed products that adjust room temperature based on daily activities and thermostats that sense humidity in the room.
“These are some of the must-have updates that we are seeing a lot more of,’’ Zawacki said. “They make it much easier to control the temperature even when you’re not at home.”
A recent Coldwell Banker survey reported 57 percent of home buyers are interested in temperature control smart home amenities. The upgrades are minimally invasive, can save money, and are relatively inexpensive updates.
Google claims its Nest Thermostat can reduce heating and cooling bills by up to 20 percent. The core of the Nest is the auto-scheduling feature, allowing you to schedule your presets for temperatures that you prefer at specific times of the day. Nest adjusts to your preferences on a daily and seasonal basis. The thermostat takes about 30 minutes to install and can be controlled remotely with a smart phone app. Nest also makes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Honeywell’s Lyric uses “geofencing” to adjust the temperature setting when you are home and away to maximize comfort and cost savings. Lyric knows when you are physically home by detecting how far away your phone app is relative to the location. Lyric also has a “Fine Tune” feature which adjusts the temperature based off the humidity to ensure that it actually feels like the temperature you want. It also offers a feature which provides status updates on your HVAC system, and allows you to catch problems early and extend the life of your system overall.
Other items, such as a light control kit made by Iris and a ceiling fan by Haiku, can be controlled remotely and help reduce energy use. Zawacki said more home buyers like the technology updates to help reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
“It used to be a wish-list item for a lot of buyers,’’ said Zawacki, who earned the firm's coveted International President's Elite award in 2014, putting her in the top two percent of 87,000 sales associates worldwide. “Now they’re becoming more standard in a lot of homes, and buyers want them to be included. For a homeowner looking to sell, it’s a relatively inexpensive update that will make the home more appealing to potential buyers.”
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