How to Raise Your Home’s IQ

How “connected” is your home? 

Home technology has become the new norm in home building today. New smart home features not only save homeowners’ time, they can also save considerable money and energy. But, do not fear; smart home technology is not just for the tech-savvy, gadget-collecting guru. If you have a smart phone, you can bring your home into the 21st century with just a few swipes. Traditions of America is on top of the trends and offers several smart home features to homebuyers within our 55 and over communities.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is now a snap. The Caséta® Wireless system by Lutron, a package that is offered in all Traditions of America homes, is cutting-edge and the leading product on the market for lighting new homes.

The system allows you to set the right light for any activity, such as bright for reading or dim for entertaining, from anywhere in a room using a remote control. You can save your favorite lighting scenes and activate them with a single touch. Caseta®  also allows you to control your lights from wherever you are – home or away – with an app on your smart phone or tablet. You can use the app to schedule lights to turn on or off at a set time every day. When the seasons change, you don’t have to worry about changing the schedules. They’ll automatically adjust throughout the year! And, with Caséta®, your home will look lived in even when you are away on vacation.

It doesn’t stop there. The Caséta® system is expandable for enhanced ambience and even greater convenience. With an upgraded package, you can close window shades with one touch by choosing Lutron automated, battery-powered shades for your windows. Raise and lower shades without getting out of bed! Away on vacation? Raise and lower your shades from wherever you are!

Smart Thermostats 

Your home keeps you safe, warm and comfortable.

But, what if it could do more?

What if it really got to “know” you? And what you liked? Imagine if it could help you.

Incredibly, Nest Learning Thermostats® do just that.  A Nest thermostat actually learns the temperature you like when you’re home and then turns itself down when you’re away. You can also adjust the thermostat from anywhere – home or away – with the Nest app. Nest Learning Thermostats® are offered at all of the Traditions of America communities to help you achieve the Live Better lifestyle.

Knowledge is power. Learn about your energy usage. Check your energy history on your phone to see how much energy you use and why. Nest® learns how your home warms up and even keeps an eye on the weather to get you the temperature you want when you want it. The Nest® is so smart it even awards you a “leaf” when you choose a temperature that saves you energy, based on the conditions that are unique to your home.

Like the Lutron Caséta®  system, the Nest® system is also expandable. When you add more Nest products to your home, they automatically work together, raising your home’s IQ to levels not even dreamed of a decade ago. Expandable upgrades, such as Nest Protect®, include smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that think, speak and alert you in the home and on your phone when there is a problem, even pinpointing where the problem is.

Smart Safety 

Security and convenience is now at your fingertip – literally – with Kwikset’s Kevo System® innovative key technology. With a Kevo® bluetooth enabled deadbolt, your smartphone becomes your key. Simply keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock on your door to open.


And, no matter where you are, you can remotely provide temporary access to those who need it! Another amazing convenience feature is the ability to send eKeys via your smartphone to friends and family so they can use their smartphone as a key, too. No smart phone? No problem. You can still enjoy the same “touch to open” feature with the convenience of Kevo’s key fob.

Talk to a New Home Counselor today to learn more about these exciting new technology features available in a Traditions of America home near you.

by Betsy McCarthy, Traditions of America Marketing

For More:

Lutron Caséta® Wireless “Welcome to your Caseta Wireless smart home” brochure

Nest Learning Thermostats® “Welcome to the thoughtful home” brochure

Kwikset® “Welcome to your new home” brochure