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If you live in or near popular seasonal resort and vacation areas, you’ve likely noticed an uptick in the local residential real estate market – both for buyers and longer-term renters. Nationally, the second-home market is enjoying a boom, as higher-end homeowners are seeking escapes from more urban areas that have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 transmission.

No More Dials: Timing Controls Are Getting Smart

Chuck Ross
If you live in or near popular seasonal resort and vacation areas, you’ve likely noticed an uptick in the local residential real estate market – both for buyers and longer-term renters. Nationally, the second-home market is enjoying a boom, as higher-end homeowners are seeking escapes from more urban areas that have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 transmission. Plus, the rise in remote working and learning means people can live where they want to live, not just where their jobs are located. And as these are often more tech-savvy buyers, they’re also looking for ways to manage their homes remotely that don’t involve expensive rewiring. A new generation of smart timer controls is helping them do just that.

Lighting has long been a particular target for second homeowners, because having lights on in the evenings helps homes look lived in, even when no one’s there. In the past, though, this has often meant using confusing, dial-based analog timers that might have to be readjusted with every twice-a-year time change. The latest digital products are intuitive and app-based, so controls are accessible on any smart phone or tablet. Plus, many are compatible with virtual assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, offering voice command options, as well.

“It’s an easy smart-home addition to any existing property or new home construction project that promotes safety, comfort and energy efficiency,” says Kimberly Durkot, segment marketing manager – residential at Intermatic. Intermatic recently released the Ascend Smart line of timers, which Durkot says also can aid owners who are offering their homes in the burgeoning short-term rental market through services like Airbnb. “Property owners can save on energy costs by turning lights off once a rental is vacated.”
Photo courtesy of Intermatic
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