Being a successful landlord involves a certain level of property management, which can be a time consuming task. However, thanks to the latest gadgets and advances in technology, it doesn’t have to be this way.
From self-bleeding radiators to Wi-Fi enabled locks, the following infographic highlights some of the ways landlords can start using technology to make their lives that little bit easier. Read on after the infographic to find out more about all of these devices.
Automatic stopcocks constantly monitor the water flow in a property and will turn the mains supply off automatically if one of the following flood risks occurs:
- A continuous flow of water for a pre-set period of time
- No water flow for 72 hours, indicating a vacant property
- The temperature falls below 3 degrees at the control unit
Currently, Autostopcock are the only company that provides this product, offering a 15mm valve version for around £200, and a 22mm valve version for around £250.
Smart thermostats are an excellent way of improving energy efficiency and saving money. They will adapt to the user’s behaviour, creating personalised heating schedules based around your average consumption. They can also be monitored and controlled from a remote location.
Honeywell’s EvoHome system is widely considered to be one of the best smart thermostats available, with a wide range of impressive features. However, the full system can cost anywhere up to £1,000. For those looking to spend slightly less, Hive and Nest’s latest offerings have a lower price point, but still offer excellent features.
Wireless smart plugs
Wireless smart plugs allow landlords or tenants to switch electrical devices off at the socket remotely, using a mobile app. This means that devices won’t be left on standby, wasting electricity and running up bills.
There are a variety of options available, with prices starting from around £18 for Orvibo’s S20 Smart Socket. For those wanting a little more, however, the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch also allows users to track energy consumption.
Self-bleeding radiator valves
Self-bleeding radiator valves will automatically release hot air from radiators, ensuring they are running safely and efficiently.
Currently, Aladdin is the only company providing these valves, with prices starting from around £12 for the HV30C Autovent.
Remote security cameras
Remote security cameras allow landlords to view live footage of their property from a remote location, via a link to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Some devices include features such as motion sensors and will allow users to record footage directly to their devices, or an external hard drive.
Landlords have a variety of options to choose from, depending on the features they want and how much they are willing to spend. Motorola’s Focus 66 camera is great for those on a budget, while NetGear’s Arlo Smart Home comes with a wider range of features, but can cost up to £360. One benefit of the Nest Cam is that it can be linked up with any other Nest products you may have in a property.
Smart burglar alarms
Smart burglar alarms can be linked with other home security systems and can be controlled remotely via a smartphone, tablet or computer. If the alarm is triggered, an automatic alert will be sent out to all users.
Again, prices vary considerably with these, depending on the range of features you want. The DigiFunk Smart Burglar Alarm is a budget friendly option, at £145, while Yale’s SmartHome Alarm system is considered to be one of the best around, and can link with other Yale security systems.
Wi-Fi enabled locks
Landlords can replace their existing deadbolts with Wi-Fi enabled locks, allowing them to lock or unlock doors remotely, or using their smartphone, while also receiving real-time unlocking alerts.
Danalock’s SmartLock uses Bluetooth to enable users to lock and unlock their door, while Yale’s Keyfree Connected Lock offers a larger number of features, but comes at a higher price.
Smart smoke detectors
Smart smoke detectors constantly monitor the air quality in a property and will automatically notify users if a fire is detected.
Nest have long been the leaders in this field, with their impressive Protect system, which can link together with other Nest devices. However, Birdi, which is due to be released in the near future, is set to challenge this position.
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