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What is a Smart Home & What Are Some of its Features?

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Smart homes and their features have been seen in movies, TV shows, and commercials for years. But what exactly is a smart home? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a variety of answers. One may say it’s when you have devices like Alexa throughout the home. Others think it’s when all of your appliances are bluetooth connected. Sometimes people even imagine their homes doing everything for them with the sound of their voices or the touch of a button. It’s an interesting question with a lot of answers.

At Beacon Homes, we’re here to answer this question the best way we know how, which is by sharing a few of the smart home features and products that can ensure that you new home is safe and easy to maintain.

8 Key Features of Our Smart Homes

What is a smart home? A smart home is a home built with devices that can automate tasks or allow remote access through apps, remotes, switches, or voice commands. With our included smart features, you’ll be able to enjoy a more convenient, safer, and intelligent way of living. Here are some of the features that make Beacon Homes smarter.

1. WiFi Thermostat

A WiFi Thermostat connects to the internet and can be controlled by a connected device such as an app on your phone. You can set it to notify you of changes in your home’s temperature. For instance, if you’re on your way home and notice the temperature has dipped below 70 and you prefer it at 75, you can change the settings through your app. Or if you’re already home and it feels a bit warm, you can set a cooler temperature from anywhere in the home.

2. Smart Oven

Whether you’re an experienced cook or have gotten by on simple recipes, a smart oven is a great alternative to regular ovens. Smart ovens can be connected to your other smart devices or appliances. They offer programmable options, so you can set them to preheat from wherever you are. Our smart ovens also include pre-sets for certain meal types, making it easy to cook a meal to perfection every time. It will even remember your settings for future use.

3. Z-Wave Switches

Z-Wave switch technology allows full control of your home’s lights from within the home or anywhere else. It uses wireless radio frequency technology to connect smart devices to one another and complete the functions you want them to. With a remote, a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer, you can turn off or dim the lights anywhere in the home. It will also alert you when the function is completed for your peace of mind.

downward view of Charleston smart exterior door lock

4. Smart Lock

Never worry about you or your family forgetting their keys again. Our smart lock system allows you to wirelessly unlock your front door using your smartphone or a key fob with an access code. You can also authorize third parties by creating unique codes for each user that can be changed at any time. Each use is monitored to be more secure and allows you to track logged uses.

5. Smart Doorbell

Even when you’re not home, it’s comforting and convenient to hear who is at the door. A smart doorbell is an internet-connected doorbell that notifies you when someone is at the door. Once the visitor presses the doorbell button or it senses a visitor approaching, it will allow you to communicate with them via microphone. It’s a safe way to confirm who is there when offering access to your home through your smart lock.

6. Smart Security

Another great way to ensure the safety of your home is through a smart security system. This includes not only the smart doorbell and lock mentioned above, but also the ability to see visitors or capture footage in case of intruders. This technology allows you to be alerted when there’s activity outside of your door or wherever it’s installed. It can be controlled with your smartphone and voice commands. It’s also able to connect with many other smart devices included in your home for overall security.

photo of Charleston floorplan smart panel

7. Smart Panel & App

It’s never been easier to control your smart home features. With a Smart Panel, you can control all of the functions of your smart home with just a few touches. Also, nearly all of our smart features can be controlled through a single app. No more downloading multiple apps for each feature! Create scenes that allow you to automate multiple functions for multiple systems at once. For example, you could create a “Welcome Home” scene that opens your garage door, lowers the thermostat, turns on the lights, and disarms the alarm when you arrive home. It even learns your behaviors to help the smart products work together.

This system also works with many other smart products and apps from major companies (Apple Home, Google Home, Alexa, etc.) that can be added to your home later on.

8. USB Outlets

There are so many updates to smartphones, tablets, and other smart gadgets, it’s hard to keep track of all their necessary charging accessories. And how many times have you or a family member lost the USB block that connects your gadget to the charger? Luckily, Beacon homes have the option of USB outlets built in, so you can charge your devices in any room.

Smart Homes for Sale in OKC and Tulsa

If you’re living in Oklahoma but looking for a new home with all of these smart features, look no further than our Oklahoma City and Tulsa communities. Each community is surrounded by the cities deep rooted western and cowboy cultures mixed with a modern vibe. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of amenities like museums, festivals, horse shows, live music, and more throughout the area. 

There’s even more to enjoy within the communities. If you’re looking for room to roam, Elwood Crossing, Fox Lair Estates, and Rush Creek are the places to be, with half to 1+ acre lots available. Want to live a fun and highly active lifestyle? Find your perfect home at Frazier Meadows, The Grove, Morgan Creek or Woodland Park with their swimming pools, outdoor pickleball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, fitness centers, and walking paths. Whatever kind of lifestyle you want, Beacon Homes has the perfect place for you. We even have several homes ready and waiting for you to enjoy!

You deserve a home that treats you right and is connected with all of the most convenient, safe, and smart technology built in. Browse through our floor plans and model homes for a peek of what your new home could be. And when you’re ready, we’re ready to help you! Connect with our new home specialist to get started.


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