By now, I would like to think everyone has heard of the term ‘smart home.’ It’s been one of the major talking points of technology over the past decade or so, and we are slowly starting to see the technology become available for the average person.
While our household is some way of becoming ‘smart’, it’s starting to seem inevitable that the vast majority of us will be using technology to gain more control over our homes and daily lives. And there are a few good reasons why. Here are some of the benefits of smart homes, and why everyone should be striving to make it happen.
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An easy life
First and foremost, all technology exists to make human life easier and more efficient. It can be a good and bad thing, of course, but ultimately, a smart home is a more comfortable home. Everything, from the brightness of your lights to the heating in your home, can be controlled to the nth degree.
You can set up your entertainment system to pipe music into each room as you walk through doors. And, you can set up anything that is connected to your control hub to turn on whenever you like. A boiled kettle when you wake up each day? A warm house when you return home from work? It’s all possible!
Home security is big business these days, and for a good reason. Homes are such an easy target for opportunistic thieves and burglars, but they will think twice about entering a smart home. Motion sensors can pick up movements after a particular time and notify you – whether you are at home or on vacation.
Lights can come on automatically, and you can even place sensors on windows and doors that will sound an alarm when they are opened or broken. You can set up a camera inside your house, too, which will give you evidence in case you need to call the police.
If home security is a concern for you – as it is with many families – then a smart home gives you a multitude of solutions.
You can set up lighting systems, so they turn on and off when people leave or enter a room – and you won’t even need to do a thing. You can even get smart taps and showers which can ensure you are saving water and heat.
And finally, your smart home can help you earn money. Take solar energy as the perfect example. The best solar companies will customize your panels specifically for your home, and then it’s a case of linking it into your smart home system. You’ll be able to track and measure how much energy you are using, and also how much extra you are generating.
Essentially, you will be producing energy, and anything extra is put back into the grid – and your energy company will pay you for it. Now that’s what I call smart!
So, there you have it – anyone interested in creating a smarter home?