April 15, 2021

4 Essential Smart Home Sensors for Home Automation

Smart home technology is quickly gaining popularity across the United States. Smart home industry research indicates that as many as 40% of US households will implement some type of smart home automation sensor in 2021, and this trend is expected to continue gaining traction over the next several years. There are many types of sensors used in home automation and implementing them into your home can be easier than you think.

Pecan Square by Hillwood offers move-in ready homes with integrated smart technology as well as home building sites for you to build the smart home of your dreams. We want you to understand the value that smart home sensors can provide. You can make your home safer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient with the right configuration of sensors around the house.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Sensors

Most Americans know how smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors work, but modern smart variations of these devices offer an even higher degree of safety. If you are planning to integrate smart sensors around the house, smoke and carbon monoxide sensors are crucial must-have home automation devices to ensure the safety of your family and your property.

Carbon monoxide, also called the “silent killer,” is a tasteless, colorless, and odorless vapor that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention causes more than 400 deaths each year. Installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors throughout your home is one of the best things you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Plus, some of the newest connected home sensors detect both smoke and carbon dioxide. When a problem is detected, the sensors of IoT devices like these can alert you with an alarm, a human voice or via your smartphone.

Temperature Sensors

Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature all year long is easy with smart home sensors. Standard thermostats can allow you to change the interior temperature relatively easily, but newer smart thermostats offer more in-depth control of your home’s climate. You can not only adjust the temperature as needed but also take advantage of additional features like app connectivity, which allows you to control your home’s thermostat remotely from your smartphone. You can also see more than just temperature. Modern sensors for home climate control can report interior humidity and air quality as well. Some smart thermostats can even remind you when it is time to change your HVAC filter or schedule maintenance for your home heating and air conditioning.

Motion Sensors

Smart home sensors that detect motion offer homeowners added convenience and safety. These home automation sensors complete predetermined tasks when they sense motion. You can set up these connected home sensors to turn the lights on and off, so your home looks occupied when you are away. You can also configure your smart sensors around your climate control settings to turn on your air conditioning when the system senses you have returned home for the day. Motion sensors in smart video doorbells will alert you when someone is at your door, let you see who it is, and talk to them, whether you are across the street or across the country.

If your home’s safety is a priority for you, then motion sensors for home security are must-have home automation devices. Home security motion sensors can be configured to sound an alarm and send notifications to a security service when there is movement inside the house, or when a door or window is opened.

Leak or Moisture Sensors for Home Appliances

A persistent leak that goes undetected can cause costly water damage that displaces you from your home for weeks or even months while repairs are made. Fortunately, homeowners can avoid devastating water damage caused by a leaky appliance with the right IoT sensor device. Moisture sensors can alert you to sudden changes in interior humidity, which often indicates a leak or excessive moisture somewhere inside. You can integrate these connected home sensors with your climate control system to track interior humidity and ensure a safer home environment for you, your family, and your pets. Some smart home sensors will turn off the water to an appliance at its source when moisture is detected. These home automation sensors can be your best friend should your dishwasher hose spring a leak while you are on vacation.

Tour A Smarter Smart Home Today

Smart homes and the internet of things (IOT) are here to stay, and Pecan Square by Hillwood offers you the opportunity to join a tech-forward community where you can live in your own modern smart home enabled with the Pecan Square Canopy by Hillwood technology bundle. The homes available at Pecan Square feature many different IOT sensor devices and our on-site home automation specialist is here to help you get your smart home humming. Schedule a visit or take a virtual tour of our smart homes and imagine the possibilities for your next home.