The word “smart” has taken on a new meaning in the modern era. No longer a way to describe a person who’s savvy and switched on, “smart” is now what we expect of our TVs, refrigerators, phones and increasingly, our homes. So what is a smart home? As you’re no doubt aware, technology has become inseparable from our daily lives. We are dependent on technology to expedite and regulate our daily routines. Simply put, a smart home is one in which daily household tasks are similarly expedited and regulated by technology. A smart home utilizes technology or “smart products” that connect to a network, usually through Wi-Fi, giving you wireless control over different elements of your house and even automating mundane tasks like opening curtains or switching on air conditioning. From your fridge to your lights, modern technology can easily make almost any home a smart home.
Taking control of your home
Before you start your hunt for smart products for your home, you first need a way to control them. Homeowners tend to stick to their smartphones or tablets as a means to control smart products, however, a smart watch can also get the job done. A smart watch is fairly easy to use as a controller because it will always be on your wrist and you will have easy access to it, unlike the cumbersome aspects of carrying your tablet around with you at all times.
Getting smarter lights
Why not start your bid for a smart home with the lighting system in your home? You can find a wide variety of light bulbs that are Wi-Fi enabled and allow you to turn them off and on with just a touch of a button on your phone. Many of them even come with features that allow you to automate the bulbs to turn on and off every day at a certain time. So as soon as the sun starts to set, you can have the porch lights turn on automatically every day. Most of these bulbs are LED, so you will actually be saving a lot of energy and money in the long run.
You no longer have to worry about keeping track of things in your fridge and when they are running out. With a smart fridge, your fridge will let you know exactly when you are low on milk or eggs. A smart fridge has become one of the most popular smart products for the kitchen. It not only tells you when you are running out of products but also gives you information about where it can easily be purchased from within your area. So no more need to check the fridge before going to the grocery store, your fridge itself will make sure you know exactly what you need.
Smart security system
From security cameras to smart locks, you can automate and remotely control everything you need to ensure your home is perfectly safe. A smart security camera gives you a live feed of your home directly to your smartphone or tablet, so you can constantly keep track of your home wherever you are.
Smart locks are still being perfected but there are several products in the market that work quite well. You no longer need a key to enter your home, all you need is your smartphone. As long as you have your smartphone with you when you come into range with the smart lock, it will automatically open your door.
Have an assistant for your home
Who wouldn’t like to have their own assistant? Luckily, technology means you don’t have to be a jet-setting CEO to have someone handling your affairs and managing your schedule. You actually have quite a few options with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri being among the most popular. These assistants make controlling your smart home a lot easier. They can easily be connected to smart products and allow you to control those products remotely via the assistant. So if you want to turn the lights on in a certain room in your home, all you have to do is tell your assistant to do it and it will be done.
Make sure the network connection in your home is strong, as all the products require a network to function wirelessly. When it comes to which assistant will work best for you,research each assistant carefully to see their compatibility with your other products.
There is no limit to how smart products can improve your life and make you more efficient. We’ve only scratched the surface of how you canstart making your home smarter. You can get smart products for almost anything you can think of in your home. Making your home smarter just makes it much easier for you to have control over it. Plus, you never have to worry about whether you shut off the light or turned off the stove before you left the house, you can easily automate it to switch itself off. So here’s to a more stress-free life, thanks to your smart home.