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This isn’t just a matter of convenience – to be able to check if I left the lights on or the doors unlocked – it’s also a matter of safety. What happens if you spring a leak and you’re not home? Well, a connected home can detect a leak and shut off the water main to your home, potentially preventing a big flood. You could also monitor your home’s air quality, and if your connected home detects an influx of poor-quality or harmful air, it can trigger an air exchange with your heat recovery ventilator.
It seems that extreme weather is becoming a much more common occurrence these days – and we need to build homes that can stand up to that. Depending on where you live, you could be at risk of wildfires, monsoons, tornados major flooding – whatever Mother Nature can throw at you – and your home needs to be prepared to take it.
This means we need to build according to the conditions of the area. If you know you’re building in a flood zone, take every precaution against water and wind. Reinforce the walls and roof. Install windows that can tolerate a lot of impact, because when a hurricane hits, your house is going to feel it.