The Benefits A Smart Switch Can Bring to Your Home
by Ryan DalPezzo, Owner
At RD Matthews Electrical Contracting, we’ve had more and more clients inquire about installing a smart switch in their Northern Virginia home. Some of the most common questions are what do these switches do and how they can benefit a home?
To help, we’ve compiled a quick guide to smart switches and why you should consider them for your home and property.
What A Smart Switch Does
Smart switches are essentially light switches but offer more technical capabilities when compared to a traditional “on and off” light switch. They also give you the ability for automation and they have radio wave capabilities, which means that they are able to connect to your home’s wireless network – this functionality is what makes them a smart device.
Remote Lighting Control
One amazing thing a smart switch can do if you install them in your Northern Virginia home is give you the ability to remotely control your home’s lighting (via your smartphone). Maybe you prefer arriving home with the lights on for easy access when you get home late. With a smart switch, you can turn your lights on using your phone – from anywhere.
Since you have the ability to turn on your lights from any location, this will improve your home’s security. If you are on vacation or out of town on business, you can easily turn on some lights to make the outside world think you are home. For would-be-burglars, if they think someone is home, they are more likely to move on.
You can also potentially control different alarm systems and security cameras with smart switches, which adds another level of security you and your family can enjoy.
Save On Utilities
Of course, everyone wants to try and save on their monthly utility bills and with a smart switch, you can! You have the ability to control lights and your HVAC systems. Similar to your lights, you can remotely control and turn on and off things such as heat and air conditioning. If you are not home, you can lower temperatures to maximize your utility savings.