South Lakeland, Florida is situated in the Tampa Bay area suburbs, making it a popular choice amongst individuals who want to commute into the city for work. In fact, South Lakeland is perched just off Route 4, so it also has easy access to Orlando too! This makes this area a very popular one for new construction projects, including home building projects involving the latest technology that ultimately makes for a smart home.

What is a Smart Home and What Are the Benefits?

A smart home is one that features lots of technology, thereby allowing for easy automation and control over various functions inside the home. Smart home technology can be used to control lots of different functions, including, but not limited to:

• interior and exterior lighting;
• the thermostat;
• refrigerator and other appliances;
• storm shutters;
• security system and surveillance system;
• irrigation system;
• garage door, pet door and door locks;
• pool and spa temperature and coverings; and
• television, audio systems and other entertainment-related systems.

These are some of the many areas of the home that can be controlled and automated using technology. These systems can be controlled via an in-house control pad and via user-friendly apps that can be installed on your mobile devices, allowing you to interact with your home from anywhere with an internet connection.

While many newer homes can easily be converted into smart homes, it’s generally most economical to convert an existing home gradually over time as different systems and appliances require replacement or upgrades. This is because a “smart” conversion will entail replacing many of your existing electronics appliances and systems.

How to Make a Smart Home: Where to Begin

To make your home “smart,” you’ll want to really consider which systems and features are most important to you. For example, if you have children or pets, then you may be more keen to have a security and surveillance system that can be accessed remotely. If you tend to travel often, then it could be especially helpful to have the ability to remotely control your lights, thermostat, storm shutters and security system.

Once you know precisely which smart features you need to integrate, it’s time to speak with a smart home expert, such as those here at Hulbert Homes. If you’re seeking to smarten up your existing home, then certain appliances or systems may require replacement (although many newer appliances and systems now come smart-enabled.) You’ll also need to choose the right interface for controlling and interacting with your high-tech house. Once selected, this interface will need to be connected to your various devices and configured.

Of course, the easiest way to raise your home’s intelligence level is to work with an experienced builder who knows how to integrate technology in a manner that results in a user-friendly, high-tech home. So if you’re seeking to build a smart home in South Lakeland or another community in Central Florida, turn to the experts at Hulbert Homes, where we specialize in luxury home construction. Call us today at (863) 647-5815.