What is a Smart Home

What is a Smart Home

What makes a home a smart home is the use of the internet to remotely control electronic devices throughout the house. The degree to which a smart home is automated is based on the homeowners’ comfort level with technology, WiFi speeds, and budget. A smart home can be built smart from the ground up, or the technology may be integrated into an existing structure.  Installation of switches, smart appliances, and speakers lays the groundwork for a smart home. Consider the following elements of a smart home.


Lighting with more options and less waste

Just 15 years ago, being able to set timers to lights on a schedule throughout the home was considered progressive technology. Today, not only can lighting be scheduled, but lights can be dimmed and their color changed by using an app or voice recognition software. Smart bulbs make lighting more flexible and economical. No more fumbling for a switch in the dark, and if you’re running late, no worries — the lights will be on, waiting to welcome you home.


Thermostats that regulate your comfort

A smart thermostat can be included in the construction of a brand new smart home or can be added to an existing HVAC system. Many models provide the opportunity to schedule on/off times and temperature control settings for daily use; they can also “learn” what the best settings are and implement necessary changes to keep temperatures at your preferred comfort levels. No more wasting heat or air conditioning when you are not at home, as you can program these devices accordingly.


Smart home safety and security

The installation of a smart home security system is well worth the expense for the peace of mind it brings to the smart home owner. You can view your home in real time via livestream technology from anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world. See and speak to whomever is at your front door. Know when packages have been delivered, and make sure the gates are closed to the yard.  


Smart home central stations

Also called nests, hubs, and speakers, these devices are necessary for certain apps and accessories in a smart home. Centralizing the automation capabilities within a smart home makes life even easier to control.


Appliances and accessories 

From refrigerators that keep inventory of groceries and ovens that start on a schedule to mirrors that display your calendar and emails and live stream your favorite shows, the smart home has everything you need to work smarter, not harder in your home. These devices are designed for easy integration into your smart home to save you time and money.


Smart home savings on utility bills

Automating your thermostat, lighting, and irrigation system reduces energy and water consumption and reduces your utility bills. In the long run, the purchase and installation of these smart home components will pay for themselves in just a year or two, depending on individual usage.


Smart home return on your investment

Smart homes are bringing higher resale prices, and folks are adding smart home technology to their “must have” list when looking for a new home. Rest assured that investing in smart home technology today will pay off tomorrow. 

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