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Suddenly the future looks quite a bit closer to the present. Suddenly the future looks quite a bit closer to the present.
This year's autumnal equinox officially took place on September 22, 2021, but New Yorkers have been waking up to a chill in the air on recent days. Heat season requires building owners to maintain certain temperatures at different times of day; however, given the fluctuating temperatures of a typical fall, this can sometimes lead to interiors that don’t meet residents’ needs.

Some New Yorkers cope with this by adding extra blankets or wearing lighter clothes in their homes. However, for the more technologically inclined, this could be the push needed to create a home where the temperature is automatically controlled to ensure optimal comfort at any time of day. The Internet of Things (IoT) has dramatically expanded from smart thermostats to homes where the temperature, blinds, music, lights, and overall ambiance is controlled by a wall panel or app, like something out of a futuristic movie.
In the early days of IoT, setting up smart homes required the kind of invasive installation that most co-op boards and building managers were none too happy about. But thanks to significant technological advances, many smart home and security retailers offer wireless solutions that will work in all types of New York homes without permanent fixtures or direct landline connections. As a matter of fact, there are only three components every smart home system needs:

  • A hub to control all devices. This can be anything from a central control panel to one’s own smartphone or tablet.
  • Compatible software to control and sync gadgets. Many ready-made home systems will already offer this, but those going the DIY route should take care to check with the hub’s manufacturer to ensure that the apps and devices will work with it.
  • Smart devices themselves! Depending on the kind of smart home you wish to create, these can include anything and everything from energy-saving thermostats to video doorbells to multi-room speakers.
It is interesting to note that developers have also come around to IoT, namely to the possibility that such a high-tech infrastructure will make for piqued interest in the short term and increased value in the long term. We take a look at some of the top smart technology systems on the market and listings that have incorporated them.

Savant-01 Image via Savant
We've all made musical playlists like "Good Morning," "Dinner Party," and "Relaxation," but Savant takes that several steps further by allowing users to program their whole homes for such experiences with special settings for temperature, blinds, security, music, and lighting. And at the end of the day, one need only tap "Good night" in the app to turn off the lights throughout the home without getting out of bed.

  • Controlled by a single app or voice-controlled pro remote
  • Ability to create “Savant scenes” of music, lighting, and temperature for certain times of day or occasions
  • Ability to create profiles for friends, family, and staff
  • Ability to set specific temperatures in different rooms to accommodate different preferences

Crestron-01 Image via Crestron
From the music presets to the entertainment options, from the security cameras to temperature control, it might be easier to ask what Crestron does not do than what the smart home system does. This sounds extensive and exhaustive, but is as easy to operate as speaking an order or tapping a button.

  • Expands to areas like private terraces, gardens, or pools
  • Ability to control multiple properties
  • Ability to create “Quick actions” for certain occasions
  • Dedicated home devices as well as smartphone apps

Lutron-01 Image via Lutron
Lutron has become the definitive name where automated shades are concerned, but the system offers a great deal more than that. It is possible to control one's home's lighting, temperature, and overall atmosphere at the sound of a voice or the touch of a button, from the heart of the home to the other side of the world.

  • Keypads available in a variety of styles and finishes to complement any decor
  • Expertly curated fabric selection to coordinate with a variety of interior designs
  • Option of controlling the home through automated schedules or the touch of a button
  • Compatible with virtual assistants and smart thermostats

Control4-01 Image via Control4
Some DIYers have cobbled together quite a collection of smart devices, but Control4 offers a way to put them all into play in one easy-to-use system. The smart home system works for day-to-day operations and emergencies alike, and can be controlled by a smart phone app, what could be the smartest remote ever, or the sound of the user's voice.

  • Interface that streamlines virtually all the technology in a home
  • Compatibility with tens of thousands of third-party products
  • Security features like Smart Lighting and 4Sight can bring peace of mind when not in the home
  • Ability to customize the control screen with favorites, smart home actions, and wallpapers

Notable Smart Home Listings

One United Nations Park


From the Listing: Revel in an upscale urban lifestyle in this perfect Smart Home fully upgraded with sophisticated features in this unique one-of-a-kind Townhouse located within a mere 2 blocks of LIC's vibrant waterfront community. See floor plan and full details here.

515 high Line (Corcoran)

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