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Is Smart Home Technology the Next Big Thing in Housing?

Home trends come and go. We all know about wildly popular features like stainless steel appliances, open concept floor plans, and spa bathrooms. But few innovations have captured buyers’ imagination and attention as much as Smart Home technology.

According to Reuters, the Smart Home technology market was worth $5.77 billion in 2013 and is predicted to reach $12.8 billion by 2020.

What exactly is a Smart Home?

Smart Home technology includes everything from sentient light bulbs to refrigerator sensors. But generally, it involves the control and automation of lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, security, and appliances—using either wall-mounted or handheld controllers; or a smartphone app.

What makes Smart Home technology such a smart idea?

It saves money. In areas that experience extreme heat and cold, smart thermostats can help control heating and cooling costs when you’re away from home.

It’s convenient. Don’t wait until you arrive home to turn on the lights, play your favorite tunes or start cooking dinner.

It improves safety. Security products like high-definition video cameras monitor indoor and outdoor areas of homes to discourage unwanted visitors. Smoke and carbon monoxide detection alert you and your family of potential danger. And lighting that can be scheduled to turn on remotely welcomes you home.

It’s easy to use. Many of the most popular systems are self-promoting and intuitive, so you won’t be expected to study long product manuals—or take a class in computer programming.

It’s affordable. Smart Home Technology isn’t just for the 1%. Many of the most popular features can be integrated into homes at all price points, not just luxury homes, which make up less than 5% of the market. “We think it’s going to become more the norm than the exception to have a smart home,” says Mitch Bowling, Comcast SVP and General Manager of New Businesses.

UMH Properties is dedicated to bringing Smart Home Technology to residents in value packages available from home manufacturers. Champion Homes, for example, offers Home Point Standard and Plus options to provide the features that make the most sense for your family and lifestyle.

These suites of carefully selected products from trusted brands—including Nest, Lutron and Snap Power—are designed to fit smartphones into your life. Intuitive app-driven controls from your smartphone or tablet allowing you to create the experience you want.

Here are just a few of the specific Home Point features available now in some UMH communities.

  • The Lutron Smart Bridge and Caséta Wireless App is the perfect foundation for creating a connected home. Monitor and control lights and temperature from anywhere or have them adjust automatically with the time clock feature.
  • The Nest Learning Thermostat allows you to set the temperature of your home from anywhere with the swipe of your finger and learns your preferred temperatures and adjusts to them throughout the day.
  • The Nest Cam lets you check on your home 24/7 while you’re away.
  • Nest Protect/strong> smoke + carbon monoxide alarm knows the difference between burnt popcorn and an actual emergency; then alerts you in a clear, human-like voice and on the Nest app.

Individual home manufacturers may create different Smart Home packages. Contact a UMH Sales Center Representative at +1 (800) 504-0670 for more information about Smart Home features and availability in your area.

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