For the past couple of years, we’ve been hearing a lot of news about smart homes. Many say it is the next innovation when it comes to the home. Already there are a lot of products such as smart speakers, heating & cooling, and security devices that are labeled “smart.” This means it is able to connect not only with other smart devices but with the internet as well. With this, it’s possible to control these devices with a central unit or through computers, smartphones, or tablets as opposed to relying on a contractor website.
Below are a couple of examples of why smart-home automation is the way of the future.
- Device Management
A defining factor that makes smart home automation practical is the fact that it offers a lot of conveniences. The ability to keep every home technological device connected through a single interface is what makes smart homes appealing. It means every resident in the home can operate the system with little training. In essence, all these devices should be operated using one app from a smartphone or tablet. All features should be available with a single tap. This means cutting back on the learning curve for new users making it easier to access the different functions you need in your home.
- Ease of Scaling Up
Not only should a smart home system be easy to use, but it should also be easy to scale up. This means when you want to add new devices and appliances, integration should be seamless. No matter how state-of-the-art your system is, there will always be a new design with new technology. A system that’s able to accept new technology is going to defeat any new devices with the latest bells and whistles. This kind of system is going to be worth the investment for customers knowing that they won’t have to worry too much about upgrading every couple of years.
- Remote Control Access
A defining feature of a smart home system is allowing users to access the system remotely. They don’t need to rely on a central computer to review stored footage or watch a dedicated screen for the live view. Newer systems make it possible to do all these on any smartphone or tablet. Not only is this a convenience not offered by older systems, but it gives users more control when it comes to the security of their homes. They can raise an alarm should something suspicious is noticed or control devices using their phones.
- Energy Efficient
Another huge advantage of smart home automation is by making the home more energy-efficient. For example, on a cold day, the thermostat could automatically adjust to compensate for the outside environment. The same thing could happen on hot days. A smarter heating and cooling system can also be programmed to run along with your schedule. It can start raising the temperature right before you wake up and then power it down when you’re out of the house or at night when you don’t need heat for the rest of the house. Motorized shades can also be hooked into the system and let it control when to draw the shades in or out.
- Long-Lasting Appliances
The number one reason that most appliances break is it is either used too much or too little. The appliance should run optimally – consistently and with little deviation. A smart home is able to ensure that the appliances run as efficiently as possible. A fridge, for example, might decrease its energy consumption when there is little food inside. Similarly, the HVAC system could be powered down when it has reached the optimal temperature and then powered back up when it needs to raise (or lower) the temperature once more.
The smart-home automation industry is one that is just starting but already getting a lot of attention. The great thing is there is a lot of variety to choose from. Commercial spaces can choose industrial-grade devices while homeowners can go for devices that are easy to install, operate, and maintain.