Everybody loves an old house because it usually has so much character. Modern houses don’t have much of it and aren’t quite as cozy. The problem with old houses is that they’re actually old. Many people want the character of an old house but the conveniences of a modern one.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to turn an old house that is full of charm into a modern marvel so that you get the best of both worlds. Thanks to a lot of technological innovations, you can retrofit an old house with some modern conveniences. In this article, we will go over several of the ways you can do this from installing the best garage door opener to going truly modern and automating a few things.
1 – Smart security systems
Keeping your house safe has never been easier and as economically friendly as it is these days. It is incredibly simple to outfit your old house with a thoroughly modern security system complete with motion detect cameras and smart locks.
This is because the Internet of Things has advanced to such a degree that these devices are capable of communicating with each other. You can install a doorbell camera that will detect motion and send an alert to your smartphone so you can see what it is in real-time.
If it’s the delivery driver then you can open your door remotely and allow them to put the package inside the house while viewing the entire process. This prevents porch pirates from stealing your things.
2 – Smart thermostats
Since artificial intelligence is so much smarter than people, it is a good idea to leave it up to AI to heat and cool your old house. These devices can do it all by detecting which rooms are used the most and at what times and then directing the heat and A/C to only the areas that need it. This prevents you from heating or cooling the whole house when you don’t use certain rooms often.
You can also set up a geofence so that when your smartphone passes a certain distance from your house the heat or A/C will turn on automatically. This way the house is perfectly comfortable as soon as you walk through the door.
3 – Go solar
It doesn’t matter how old your house is. It is able to support a solar panel system so you can have a passive energy source that powers all the new modern gadgets you have. You have the option to have any excess solar energy go back into the grid, or store it in a battery system so you can even use the solar energy at night or when it’s cloudy outside.
Any house can end up having a battery pack or wall battery to collect the energy from the solar panels, even one that is hundreds of years old. In fact, it is easy to go totally off-grid in an old house by also adding a well and septic system.
It is incredibly simple to outfit your old house with a thoroughly modern security system complete with motion detect cameras and smart locks. You can also buy wall racks quite easily.