What You Should Know About Running a Smart Home
Thinking of turning your ordinary home into a Smart Home? It’s pretty easy to do that in today’s day. Smart devices are very easily and commonly available now especially to the domestic category of customers. Most of these devices themselves as suitable for domestic households as well. So when you have the opportunity to make a smarter home out of yours, wouldn’t you take it?
Here’s a tell-all about what you should know when it comes down to running a smart home, and all the benefits that you would otherwise enjoy of living in such a lifestyle.
What a Smart Home Really Needs
Setting up a Smart Home
Setting up a smart home is the easy part and here’s how it’s done.
Like we said, it’s quite simple turning your ordinary home into a smart one. Installing smart devices within the premises is your way of automating things in the household. For instance, a smart thermostats automates your home’s HVAC system that allows you to remotely control the thermostat – the actual ‘remote’ being your smartphone. In the same way other devices like smart sprinkler controllers, smart door locks, and smart kitchen appliances automate their associated functions by being controlled through smartphones and even through voice enabled control when synced to a Voice Assistant.
Round The Clock Internet Connectivity
Once your smart devices are installed, your Smart Home is ready to change your lifestyle. But one thing that’s absolutely crucial is internet connectivity. All smart devices require around the clock connectivity in order to actually do the work they are meant to do. Have you ever wondered how we are able to control these devices from our smartphones or through voice enabled control? It is because smart devices connect to the home Wi-Fi (internet basically) in order to connect to their associated mobile apps on our smartphones – or sync to compatible Voice Assistants.
For that reason, it is also important to have the right internet plan which can support the connectivity and usage of multiple devices like these simultaneously – not to mention you own personal internet usage. When finding the right plan maybe compare internet charges because prices vary across different providers.
How Is a Smart Home Much Better?
So just to be sure you know what actually categorizes as a smart home, it is a household that has internet connected devices which are remote controlled or through voice enabled control. And here is what benefits a Smart Home brings with it.
1. Automation around the House
The fact that you can control smart devices with your smartphones or through voice enabled control, means these devices automate the particular function that they are installed for. Smart Lights that can switch on or off with the tap of a button on your phone, smart sprinkler controllers that can switch off the sprinklers even while you’re not home only because you can do so from your phone.
But additional features that also add to the automation factor are auto schedules, in which you can use the mobile app of the said device and set schedules for the device to follow through so you don’t have to do anything yourself. And other than that, a lot of smart devices feature built in motion sensors which are used to control the functioning of the device or send alerts to your smartphones accordingly.
2. Additional Security Detail
Though you may already have a security system in place, certain smart devices are great as home security alternatives, other than the automation that they bring about. Take smart door locks for instance, other than certain locks having the ability to auto-lock themselves this is also a security detail since it ensures your door has been locked. Some smart door locks tend to send alerts to your smartphones as well if it’s unlocked just to get your attention.
In the same way video doorbells may be the cool, smart doorbell that you have which you can answer while you stand in the grocery store, but it is also a great way of getting a live footage of what goes on at your front door, 24 hours of the day.
3. Save Energy and Cut Costs
Lastly, one of the best features that a smart home and some smart devices are known for is that they are energy efficient. The fact that we have access to these devices from our smartphones, and some through voice assistants, there really is no room for carelessness.
If you need to turn on the sprinklers but are running late for work, smart sprinklers can be programmed to set a timer to automatically switch off. In the same way, smart lights for instance can be programmed to switch off after a certain time in the mornings just when the sun’s about to come up – or you can switch on certain lights within the house if it’s after dark hours and you aren’t home. In the process of having access to devices remotely, not only can you prevent energy wastage, but in the process are also reducing costs by cutting back on the utility bills.
What to take from this is that Smart Homes are pretty easy to set up, but smart devices aren’t cheap. It’s the installation and configuration that you can do by yourselves. And what is also important is that you need a solid internet plan in order to sustain the constant running of a Smart Home.