This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennar Orlando. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you probably know that we are somewhat of technology aficionados. The prospect of making our lives easier through home automation has been an intriguing one since we built our first connected home system back “on the farm” over ten years ago. Things have advanced quite a bit in the last decade and today homes can be truly connected on a level that only seemed possible in futuristic movies.

I was recently introduced to some very exciting connected home designs which aren’t that far from our own home in Florida, the Lennar Connected Home. Their Everything’s Included® homes in the Orlando-area truly feature everything the homeowner could desire to help make management of your home as easy as pushing a button. With these homes, everything seems to have been thought out regarding home control, from lighting to climate control to programmable locks that can be controlled or checked from anywhere in the world.

Personally, while I think home automation is just plain cool by itself, I love the energy efficiency and safety aspects of connected homes the most. The cost savings from having your home adjust lighting and thermostat to your movements and needs can be significant. Also, for a person like me, that has been known to forget to lock a door or window before going to bed, home automation to make sure everything is locked tight when we go to bed or leave our office really offers an amazing piece of mind.

Many people think that connected homes are difficult to control, and even more difficult to set up – and in some ways they are correct. This is why Lennar has partnered with Amazon to provide expert setup and activation services for the homeowner to get started with their new home automation system. The Amazon expert will even come to your home, make sure that everything is tweaked to your liking, and ensure that all of your mobile devices have been configured for the Alexa mobile apps to fully control your home. The home also comes equipped with Amazon Alexa, so you can control everything with voice-based commands.

One of the most amazing features of the home goes beyond home automation. As someone who lives and works on the internet ALL THE TIME, this is probably my absolute feature of these Lennar homes: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Design. One of the biggest problems in today’s connected world is Wifi dead spots (those areas in your home where your devices either connect at poor speeds or not at all). As the only homebuilder to offer Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Designs approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance®, these homes are designed to assure smooth and fast wifi connects anywhere in the home. In fact, the company uses heat maps for every floorplan design, to make sure that every area of the home has optimal connection strength and speeds.

Check out Lennar’s Everything’s Included® homes in the Orlando area to learn more about all the cool features included in these homes at The Open Door. There are several communities and floor plans for every taste featuring Lennar’s connected home technology  Also, they are quite active on their social media channels to give you some visual of what these homes are all about. Be sure to check them out on Twitter @LennarOrlando and Facebook @Lennar.Orlando.

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