Many homeowners had never heard of the term home strain before February 2020. But when the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold across the nation, many retreated to their homes full-time for their own safety (and the safety of others). And with all this extra time at home, our devices and appliances are getting used more than ever before. And this has led to a big increase in home strain, with many devices needing more repairs than normal—or just breaking down altogether.
So how can you keep your devices in great shape during the time you need them the most? It turns out the answer may be simpler than you think. The smart home market has exploded in recent years, estimated at $159 billion in value by 2024. And this extreme increase in use is for good reason, as these devices help homeowners take more control of their homes. From tracking water usage and potential leaks to allowing remote control of window shades and garage doors, smart home tech has upgraded the way we live our lives on a day to day basis.
Save Money and Extend Your Appliances’ Lives With Smart Devices
Everyone wants to save money, especially given the current state of the world. And while it may seem counterintuitive to spend money on new technology to save money, that’s the best option homeowners may have to defend their home from wear and tear over time.
For example, smart thermostats can help you save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by giving you total control over when your air conditioning system is in use—including reducing heating or cooling costs when you are away from home. Other devices like a smart water heater and automated water shutoff system can potentially save you thousands of dollars throughout the life of your mortgage, and even reduce your risk of water damage by up to 96%.
Below, the infographic from the homeowners insurance company Hippo details 11 of the top smart home products for a streamlined home. So go ahead and spend a little money and see how much you are able to save over time. You’ll be amazed at just how important these small devices can be to the overall health of your home and pocketbook.