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The ICON SMART Package: Why We Use Smart Technology Features in Our Homes


Building a home is an endeavor that looks into the future. It’s one of the only things you’ll ever buy that will impact your life so profoundly and for the long term. It’s why there must be foresight involved, vision, and expertise on a variety of fronts—from structural and architectural integrity to functionality, aesthetics, to the everyday appliances.

When searching for a custom home builder, it’s important to know how they are using all of the tools available to them. As El Paso’s most successful custom home builder, one of the ways ICON Homes stands out is our efforts to stay at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies that make life better.

In a previous post, we talked about our decision to switch to 100% spray foam insulation. Similarly, smart home technology is all the rage, but it’s not just about luxury or bragging rights. It’s not just about having sleek and cool-looking gadgets in your home. These technologies exist to adapt to the way of life of the modern family and make things better. Let’s take a look at some of the features available with our homes.

For Increased Energy Efficiency: The Nest Programmable Thermostat

Imagine a thermostat that knows things about you. It figures out when you go to work, when you come home, when you wake up, and it sets the temperature accordingly. In the past, people had roosters that announced the coming of dawn. Today—while you can certainly still have a rooster—you can wake up to the coziest temperature in the bedroom so that leaving those warm blankets is not such an arduous task.

This small ENERGY STAR certified apparatus of 3.3 inches wide and 1.8 inches thick is like an algorithm master; it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn about your house, how long it takes to warm up, what the weather is like, and how to better serve your HVAC system to help energy saving. The Nest Thermostat uses sensors and smart technology to program itself based on your daily patterns. The purpose of its learning and algorithms is so that it can better serve you and save you energy. With this thermostat, you can program your HVAC systems through your smartphone, control the temperature from inside or outside the house, and track changes. Other convenient features include:

  • The Airwave feature automatically gives your AC a break by kicking on the fan and helping circulate the cool air already in the home.
  • A Nest can detect when it’s being heated up in direct sunlight. The Sunblock feature will automatically adjust so the readings are not skewed.
  • The Cool to Dry feature kicks on the AC and reduces humidity in the air
  • The Early-On feature will figure out when to turn up the heat so that you can wake up to a cozy house.
  • Coupled with ICON’s spray foam insulation, this Nest thermostat achieves even more energy efficiency.

For Added Security and Monitoring: The Smart Ring Doorbell

So you’re waiting for an important package to arrive but traffic was bad and you’re not going to make it home in time. If only there was a way that you could talk to the delivery person and let them know to leave the package behind the large plant. Wait, there is a way! Smart doorbells are much more than adding a novelty sound so you can hear Beethoven’s Fifth every time someone comes to your door.

Today, a smart doorbell can detect motion at your front door, send you notifications to your smartphone or PC, and even allows you to see and speak to visitors through the app. The Ring Doorbell provides extra security; it has caught criminals in action as they attempt to take packages or approach the home. The camera and microphone allow you to communicate directly to the person at your front door. You can even sync the Ring Doorbell to your security system. This feature is available with an ICON Home.

For Added Security and Convenience: The Keyless Entry Deadbolt

Locking yourself out of your house, or carrying your house keys is a thing of the past. Or you can at least do it the modern way. Having a keyless lock on your front door can help with added security. A keyless entry deadbolt can lock and unlock your door through a four-digit code.

For the Technological Modern Family: USB Outlet Charging Stations

We can’t deny that technology has integrated itself deeply into our lives. All of our homes come with conveniently located USB outlet charging stations, so your family can keep their devices charged and ready at all times. With your ICON Home, you have the option of getting two, three, or four charging stations.

Reach Into the Future. Make Your Home an ICON.

Building a home is a multi-layered undertaking. It’s not done by just one person; it requires multiple hands, labor, expertise, and knowledge. ICON synthesizes all of these efforts into an easy process. This demands, however, that the home builder be well-versed in all of the different areas. ICON Homes is there every step of the way. Our SMART package is only one way we take our homes to the next level. Questions about our features? Give us a call!

Integrity of Architecture in Modern Homes: Functionality and Efficiency

Integrity is more than just a word here at ICON Homes.  We take this word very seriously; it represents the high standards we set for ourselves as a builder, designer, and people working for and helping in the community.  It is applied in every step of our process and has been the way we approach any new project.  So while we have been building homes for over 15 years, and since this is our first post of this kind we would like to dedicate the time to begin talking about some of the new and exciting things that ICON is doing with our homes. Because it’s not just about building a modern home that looks beautiful—although that goes without saying— it’s about transforming people’s lives throughout the construction of something that will not only be an integral part of their lives but a conversational piece for years to come.

While there can be a full blog post dedicated to each of these features individually, let’s look at a brief overview of some of the characteristics that make our homes stand out from other custom home builders in El Paso. We’ll be discussing each one in detail in future posts.

About Our Energy Efficient Features

When it comes to energy efficiency, our homes are far ahead of the pack. We have invested a lot of time researching the best and newest amenities available in homes being built today and looking for ways to implement them at a reasonable price to give our future homeowners a true sense of value in their purchase.

Spray Foam Insulation

All of our homes are built exclusively with 100% spray foam insulation on all of the exterior walls and roof deck. What does this mean to you? It means a better and more effective home insulation, and therefore energy savings that you can see stay in your pocketbook. Spray foam is designed to expand (up to 100 times its original size) in volume to fill air spaces—big and small—without compressing or sagging over time.

Air leakage can account for up to 40% of energy cost to heat and cool your home. Spray foam has been proven to be the most effective barrier against air leaks. The chemical properties of the foam create this perfect air barrier that withstands exterior elements and provides the necessary R-value to meet and exceed the Energy Code requirements. In fact, most spray foams will come with a lifetime warranty, which adds yet another benefit and value to our customers.

Tankless Water Heaters

These types of heaters are now becoming more and more popular and accepted as the next step towards having a truly energy efficient home. This water heater will typically use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks. For homes that use less than 41 gallons of water a day, they can be up to 24% to 34% more energy efficient than the conventional storage tank water heater. These classic water heaters heat water constantly, thus spending energy all day. Tankless water heaters heat up water only when you turn on the faucet, which is why they are often called “on demand” water heaters.

Insulated Foundation, Garage Door & Garage

Having a solid foundation protected from moisture and enhancing your home’s structural integrity are part of our standard energy efficiency features. A garage door and a garage that is insulated will not only help regulate temperature better, but it will also protect against moisture and minimize heat loss.

Build with Integrity and Make Your Home An ICON

Make your next home an ICON, and stand high above the rest! Part of the reason why our homes have some of the best features and amenities is that we construct a home that will not only be comfortable and convenient, but that will provide your family with optimal performance. We build modern homes that are meant to last and to do far more than just look pretty. Connect with us today to learn more about what we have to offer.