Smart home technology is on everyone’s radar these days. Automating homes today are the future. So, if you’ve heard the term but aren’t quite sure what it entails, we’re here to shed some light on the subject. By definition, a smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices that allow homeowners to monitor and manage appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating remotely.
Want to turn on light fixtures, adjust your thermostat or, monitor your front door 24/7 from any location? Well, if your answer was a resounding “YES,” then you are probably ready for a smart home. Let’s get real. Who doesn’t want the convenience of using a smartphone or an app to relieve the stress of everyday life? And, let’s not forget about peace of mind.
But, what’s even more convincing for wiring your home with smart home devices is when it comes time to go on vacation. Want to turn your air conditioning on while your drive back from the airport? Or, burglar proof your home by turning the lights on and off at different times from your smartphone? It’s simple. Just command by voice, remote control or use your smartphone. And, the best part is that you can be anywhere—on the beach, hiking at Yellowstone or, even in the next room.
So, when should you add smart home technology to your home? Really, anytime is a good time. But, if you are building a new construction home the answer to that question is during the building process. The best thing to do is to check with your builder to see if they offer a smart home package. If they do, review the package to see if it fits both your needs and wants. You’ll also want to make sure to account for the extra expense in your budget.
Types of smart home devices and what they do
There are multiple uses for technology in today’s homes such as for security, to manage energy, and monitor appliances and systems. These days determining what smart home devices you want in your home is just as important as choosing cabinets and tile. However, one thing to remember when choosing what devices to implement into your home is your lifestyle. So, choose those devices that make your life easier, give you additional security, and let you worry less. So, here’s a rundown of some of the most popular smart home devices you can integrate into your home now.
- Automated locks. This is one device that we all can probably benefit from. Have you ever left for work and can’t remember if you locked the doors? Do you turn back and go home to check? Or, do you simply hope for the best and trust your instinct that you performed this morning ritual? There’ no denying that work week mornings are hectic. However, by installing smart locks you can rest assure every morning and evening that the doors are both locked and secure. A smart lock device lets you check and lock doors from your Smartphone. Want additional security? Program it to send a notification any time a door is unlocked. So, if your teens leave without locking the doors, you’ll receive a notification.
Outside and inside security cameras
- Feeling safe both outside and inside your home is essential. And, installing a doorbell camera and an inside surveillance system will help to provide additional peace of mind. Don’t like to answer your door when you’re home alone? With a doorbell camera you can monitor your front door from anywhere. Connected to your Smartphone, these almost unnoticed devices can keep an eye on your front door all hours of the day. Monitor from your Smartphone. See a package on your front door while on vacation? Text your neighbor and ask them to pick it up. That gives you security on the outside, but what about the inside? Install an indoor surveillance camera for added security. Sleek and unobtrusive, surveillance cameras can be great, but be prepared because they can be costly. They can also require much more time to program. But, they are great for keeping the inside of your home safe especially in case of a break in.
Lights, thermostats, and alarm systems
- It’s always a good idea to adjust your thermostat when you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. Heating and air conditioning systems can be easily turned on and off and monitored, once again from you Smartphone. You can also schedule your alarm system from your Smartphone to turn on every night at 10 p.m. If there’s a break-in and you’re not at home, set it up so you receive a notification text on your phone. This way you can call 9-1-1 even before you get home.
The best smart home devices and the future
With the popularity of smart home technology comes a multitude of products and product lines. So, what ae the best products? The best advice is to do a little research. There’s countless articles online that provide great product information. You can also check out PC Magazine’s article for a review of the best of the best in smart home devices.
However, with new technology comes newer technology. And, as we say with anything that’s new, you haven’t seen anything yet. And folks, the future looks bright. New products and innovations are on the horizon and they’ll provide more convenience and additional ways to help us save time, money, and energy, and make our lives easier.
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