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Home Technology Saves Time

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. Smart phones, smart TVs, digital assistants, wireless devices, and digital automation have helped simplify our lives and make us more productive at home.

If you’re looking at purchasing a manufactured home, you may have noticed that the new homes have also kept up with all the new technology available. Manufactured homes are FULL of modern technology that wasn’t even an imagined possibility when they were introduced in 1976. These are not your grandmother’s mobile homes anymore – these homes are a glimpse into the future of what’s possible in housing. Because the homes are built in 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 in today’s manufactured homes.

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? Don’t worry…manufactured housing has you covered. 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.

Pop up power strip, from Clayton Homes

Keyless entry

We all have it in our cars, but did you know that you can have keyless entry in your home? In 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 allow 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 coming when you’re not at home? You can let them in from your phone, and they never have to us a key OR know the code. Sleep well at night knowing that your manufactured home’s keyless entry system is keeping your family safe.

NEST thermostat

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 adjust the temperature in your home accordingly. 

From NEST:

“The Nest Learning Thermostat is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. And independent studies showed that it saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. So in under two years, it can pay for itself.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can use sensors and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left, then sets itself to an Eco Temperature to save energy. Nest shows you how much energy you use every day in Energy History and every month in your Home Report.”

Central Vacuum System

Have you ever seen a vacuum built right into the wall of a home? Sounds like something out of the Jetsons, right? It may sound like something out of a futuristic 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 a 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.

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