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By: Kevin Ahern on February 29th, 2024

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Incorporating Smart Home Technology into Home Renovations in Connecticut

Residential | Residential Remodeling

Smart technology was once a novelty that few homeowners had in their home. Today, smart technology is designed to serve many purposes and can be found in homes in all over. If you're new to smart technology, this starter guide can help you learn about some of the most popular and useful products found in Connecticut homes.

If you're remodeling your home, this may be the perfect time to integrate smart technology into your home's interior spaces. Here's what to know about the benefits of smart technology and the most popular types of smart home technology as you choose the right products for your house. 

What Is Smart Technology?

There isn't a single definition of smart technology, so the list of products categorized as "smart" tends to be very broad. Smart technology is a term that usually applies to devices that can be easily programmed and controlled with a user interface on a smartphone. Some types of smart technology collect data about your preferences, then use artificial intelligence or machine learning to refine device functionality and offer a better user experience. 

There's a long list of home products that fall into the "smart technology" category, including smart blinds, smart plugs, smart lightbulbs, smart cookers, smart refrigerators and even smart mattresses. 

Benefits of Smart Technology

Why choose smart technology for your home? Here are some of the reasons that many homeowners have invested in smart technology. 

  • Save money. Often, smart technology is more efficient than traditional home products. Many types of smart technology save energy by only running when the technology is needed. 
  • Save energy. Smart technology is often an eco-friendly option that can help make your home's carbon footprint smaller. 
  • Convenience. Many homeowners choose smart technology because of the convenience. When it's a quality product that's properly installed, smart technology just makes life easier. 
  • Security. Many types of smart technology can be used to enhance home security. Smart cameras, smart doorbells and even smart lights can all work together to keep your home safe, secure and well-lit. 

Most Popular Types of Smart Technology

Below are some of the most popular types of smart technology found in Connecticut homes. 


Smart thermostats have changed the way we heat and cool our homes. These programmable thermostats rise above and beyond to create a comfortable indoor environment. Some types of smart thermostats can learn your preferences and then automatically adjust the temperature of your home to accommodate those preferences. In fact, some types of smart thermostats even tell when you've left the house, and can adjust the temperature accordingly. 

Home Security Cameras

Not very long ago, most homeowners who needed a home security system had little choice but to pay a monthly service fee to a third party security provider. Today, any homeowner can install a network of cameras, which they can control via their smartphone. Home security cameras have a range of uses - from protecting your home from intruders, to keeping an eye on your pets while you're at work. 

Video Doorbells

Video doorbells can be purchased with other home security cameras, or on their own. Video doorbells show you who is at the door, and some allow you to interact with them as well. Some doorbells have to be hard-wired, others work on long-lasting batteries. Shop around to find the right type of doorbell for your home. 

Smart Locks

Smart locks can be controlled with your smartphone, so you'll know exactly who has been to the house, when they entered, and whether they locked the house when they left. If you've ever spent a vacation wringing your hands wondering if you remembered to lock your door, a smart lock may be the product for you. 

Additional Smart Technology Options

Smart Garage Door Openers

Smart garage door openers can be controlled with your vehicle or your phone, and allow you to open and close your garage door remotely. 


Smart lights can be turned on with your smartphone, or programmed to turn on and off automatically. Smart lights allow you to turn on your lights when you're not home, creating the impression that your home is occupied. Some homeowners like this for security reasons. 

Home Assistant

There are many types of home assistants, but Amazon's Alexa maybe the most common. Home assistants can be used to control all other smart products in your home. 

Smart Plugs, Plugs With USB Ports

Smart plugs can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times, and can be controlled with your smartphone. In addition, some plugs now have USBs that just give you more power and more options when you're charging devices. 

Want Smart Home Technology? Incorporate It Into Your Next Remodel

The perfect time to install smart home technology is during a home remodel. Are you installing a new door? Your contractor can install a smart lock or a video doorbell at the same time. Are you upgrading your home's HVAC system? Talk to your contractor about installing a smart home thermostat. Having a contractor install your smart products for you will ensure that the work is done right.

Get started with your remodel by finding the right contractor to do the job. Download the Litchfield Builders free guide to finding a Connecticut remodeling contractor, or call today to set up a consultation for your upcoming home remodel.

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About Kevin Ahern

Kevin is the Co-Founder of Litchfield Builders, an award-winning, industry leader with a reputation for managing projects others shy away from. They are known for their high-quality work, customer service, and reliability and though still relatively small in size, Litchfield Builders now competes with some of the areas largest firms in both the residential and commercial arenas.