Isn’t it amazing how modern technology has helped us in our daily lives? Tasks that would have taken up an entire day 50 years ago can now be completed in just a matter of minutes. Smartphones, smart TVs, digital assistants, wireless devices, and digital automation have helped simplify our lives and make us more productive at home.
Home Technology Saves Time
If you’re looking at buying a manufactured home, you may have noticed that the new homes have kept up with new technologies. Manufactured homes are FULL of modern technology that wasn’t even an imagined possibility when they were introduced in 1976. These are your grandmother’s mobile homes anymore – these homes are a glimpse into the future of what’s possible in housing. Because the houses are built in a controlled environment and heavily engineered and designed, builders can integrate technology that isn’t feasible in a similarly priced site-built home.
Just what features are available, you ask? Read on to see some of the advanced technology available when buying manufactured homes today.
Built-in wireless connectivity
Do you use a wireless device at home? If you’re like 90% of Americans, your answer is ‘yes.’ Whether it’s a TV, phone, tablet, virtual assistant, stereo, smart refrigerator, game console, or some other device, most homeowners use a wireless network in their home. But despite all their benefits, most 3rd party wireless networks have problems. For example, there’s nowhere to put the router. Or you need wireless boosters in each room to get a good connection. Or there’s nowhere to bring the fiber cable into the home.
A manufactured home is your solution to your wireless woes. New homes are built with wireless users in mind and include all the home features you need. They have external fiber connections, wireless boosters in every room, and built-in wireless routers. If getting connected is important, a manufactured home is a great option for you.
Pop up power strips
Is there anything worse than a device losing power right when you need it most? Thankfully, if you buy a manufactured home, you don’t need to worry about this. Many builders are putting power strips in the most convenient areas so that you’re never too far from a plug to charge your device. In fact, they are now using power strips that pop up out of counters and furniture so that they’re both convenient when you need them and hidden from sight when you don’t. They also have USB, AND USB C plugs to help keep most types of devices powered up and ready to go.
We all have it in our cars, but did you know that you can have a keyless entry in your home? If you buy a manufactured home, you can! This technology allows your keypad to connect wireless to your device, and you can lock/unlock doors from anywhere you have a cellular connection. Your home will have a keypad installed on the front door in place of a lock.
You will be able to either 1) unlock the door with the code or 2) unlock the door with your phone or tablet. This allows you to permit people entry to your home without giving them a key, which keeps your home more secure. Have a friend coming for the weekend? Create a special code for them that will disappear after they leave. Have a cleaning person come when you’re not at home? You can let them in using your phone, and they never have to use a key OR know the code. Sleep well at night, knowing that your manufactured home’s keyless entry system is keeping your family safe.
Want to save some money on your energy bills? We sure do, and we bet you do too. A great way builders help homeowners save money is by installing a NEST thermostat in new manufactured homes. This is a smart, wireless thermostat that learns your behavior and adjusts the temperature in your home accordingly.
The NEST is the first thermostat that is Energy Star Certified, meaning it can save you 10% or more on your heating bills, and 15% on your cooling bills in a year. The NEST learns what temperature you like, knows when you’re in and out of the house, and sets the temperature to maximize both comfort and efficiency.
Central Vacuum System
Have you ever seen a vacuum built right into the wall of a home? It may sound like something seen in a sci-fi TV show, but today’s manufactured homes have integrated vacuum systems. To make it work, the builders put a central pump in the home and hose connections in every room. Then, when you need to vacuum a room, all you need to do is pull the hose out of the wall, flip a switch, and you’re cleaning in no time. This saves time because you don’t have to lug a heavy vacuum around, and you don’t have to find a place to put it. It helps you save space and time.
Factory Built Construction
In addition to the use of smart technology in your manufactured home, builders also use cutting-edge technology to build your home. Because manufactured homes are built in an indoor, climate-controlled environment, builders can use construction technologies that are unavailable to the site-built construction industry. Some of those technologies include robotics, 3-D printing, and laser cutting. This technology helps the builder save money in materials and labor, and those savings are passed on to the home buyer. If you’re a buyer that loves technology and loves a product with great value, manufactured housing is a great housing option for you.