At the moment, we’re living in a golden age of technology, even though it may not seem it when your mobile signal is dodgy, and your BBC iPlayer keeps freezing at inopportune moments.
In the past twenty years we’ve gone from corded phones to incredible devices which fit in our pockets and are capable of dozens of simultaneous communication functions.
Just as smartphones were the big breakthrough tech developments of the 2000s, the next big step in the 2020s is the development of smart homes. Yes, your home is set to be a technological hub which you can control from anywhere. We’re going all futuristic, and nothing is going to stop us!
What exactly is a Smart Home?
A Smart Home is a home which takes advantage of automation technology to give home-owners a new level of control. Smart Homes can be built from scratch with automation as part of the design or can be constructed from an existing home during a renovation. Or, for most people, a smart home is where a suite of devices, appliances or systems which connect into a common network can be controlled independently and remotely. And this can be done by just having the right smart equipment in place.
Your home’s thermostats, security cameras, locks, TVs, appliances, lights and more, which are connected into a common system can be controlled via your smart phone or through a mobile touch screen device. Before you know it, controlling your home remotely will be second nature.
What are the Smart Home Advantages?
1. The convenience factor!
The fact that you can control all the technology in your home through a single device is a massive step forward for technology and home management. All you have to do is learn how to use a single app on your smartphone and tablet, and you can control your home from top to bottom, from inside the your home or while you’re stuck in traffic somewhere. C’mon, that is pretty cool!
2. New devices, no problem…
As technology develops even further – and it obviously will – you’ll be able to seamlessly add new devices, appliances and other technology as required. You’ll be able to keep upgrading to the latest lifestyle technology as soon as it arrives.
There are lots of ways to make your home more secure using smart devices. Home automation systems can connect motion detectors, security lighting, cameras, automated door locks and you can activate them all from one device before going to bed! You can also receive security alerts on your mobile and keep an eye on your home in real-time, whether you’re at work or on holiday in Australia!
4. Total convenience, from a distance
Think about the possible uses of being able to control your home remotely. If you’re in a hurry to get dinner started but you’re still at work, you can put your oven on to heat up. You can check to see if you left your lights on, or to see who’s at your front door. Check up on your pets… the list is endless, and you’ll be able to have complete peace of mind.
5. Energy efficiency
Depending on how you use your smart-home technology, you can make your home more energy-efficient. For example, if you’re going to be socialising straight from work, you may want to delay your heating system coming on. Being energy-efficient is great for the environment, and let’s not forget that it also saves you money, so it’s a win-win situation.
6. Improved appliance functionality
That phrase does sound a bit pretentious, but smart homes can also help you run your appliances better. A smart oven can cook your food to perfection, and you won’t have to ever worry about it being undercooked – or overcooked. Connecting your appliances and other systems with automation technology will improve your appliances effectiveness and make your home life more enjoyable.
7. Interesting stuff
There’s also something to be said for your ability to tap into insights on how YOU and your home operates! You can analyse how much TV you watch (and what type of programmes you watch), your energy consumption habits and more. It’s possible that you might want to make adjustments to your lifestyle. They say that knowledge equals power…
Consumer interest in smart home technology means the world’s biggest tech companies and innovators are developing tech like never before. It’s like the space race, only on a much bigger scale. What does this mean? Better smart home tech is being developed in ways that we can’t even imagine – at the moment. But in twenty years, we’ll look back to where we are now and see how far we’ve come. Embrace the future!
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