With new advances in technology, ranging from ventilation to heating to electronics, every new home on the market has a variety of different improvements available. These can include increased energy efficiency, structural additions, and even aesthetic add-ons, all depending on the kind of home desired.
More and more people are beginning to see the benefits of solar power both as a way to capitalize on a readily available form of electricity, and to reduce their own carbon footprint. Photoelectric cells convert sunshine into electricity and then charge batteries, which can be hooked up to the main power grid in a home. Although somewhat expensive, the investment in a solar panel is long-term, as they require very little upkeep and maintenance.
Solar panels are incredibly energy efficient, and although they do wear out over time, the average life-span of a commercially available panel is more than 30 years. Additionally, if you live in an area that is more arid and receives lots of sunshine, you can live almost exclusively off of solar power during the summer months. It should be noted that even when it’s cloudy, solar panels are able to pick up light and convert it, but for maximum efficiency they should be pointed in a southwesterly direction.
Cooling and Heating
A lot of new advancements in cooling and heating have been seen, and these also coincide with cost-effective energy-efficient technology. The ENERGY STAR mark of approval on appliances like dishwashers, washers and dryers, and cooking appliances like microwaves or ovens ensures the highest quality device. These are specifically designed to be low wattage. Referring to the EnerGuide rating will allows you to make a determination about which device is appropriate for your home.
Most air conditioning units are divided into a cooling unit and a dehumidifier, which also helps to ensure the interior air quality of a home. Making sure the house is well ventilated is a key responsibility. Tightly sealed doors and windows, although excellent in maintaining heat in cold weather, will trap moisture inside during hot weather and could foster the growth of mold. Electronic thermostats and barometers can easily monitor the conditions of a house and alert one to these risks.
Increasingly, home security is becoming a concern for owners. In lieu of this, many home security firms have a variety of alarm systems available. Equipping your house with an alarm gives not only peace of mind, but also ensures your own safety. Standard alarm features include a password-based entry system, as well as a “lock down” mode that can be activated when going to bed or leaving the house, and will sound if someone breaks or enters through a window.
There are also infrared sensors available that have the same function. All security companies have a 24 hour service, and are automatically contacted if one of their affiliated systems goes off. Security is ensured through the use of a personalized password that enables the dispatcher to identify the caller.
Many firms are also offering video surveillance of your home, with cameras installed in specific locations in and around a home in order to maintain vigilance at all times. This could include keeping an eye on kids, pets, or babysitters, and the newest technology allows easy uplink access to the web and Internet, meaning you can view the cameras on your phone or computer.
This article as contributed by Chase Roberts, home & garden expert and constant jetsetter. If you are looking to own a vacation spot with modern immenities, right along the Las Vegas strip, Chase recommends checking out Turnberry Towers.