The tech behind smart homes

Before we get to grips with the tech, we’d better explain exactly what a smart home is. It’s a home that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems (such as lighting and heating). Basically, you can control your electrical items and heating via remote control. It’s still a bit futuristic and might take a bit of getting used to but the tech is here now – and the sooner you embrace it, the better. It’s called ‘home automation’ – and it’s here!

Smart home devices offer a convenient, comprehensive way to control the appliances or other Wi-Fi connected devices in your home.  An almost staggering assortment of smart home devices is available today – and it might seem difficult to separate the essential from the gimmicky. But there’s no need to panic.

The important thing to remember about smart tech is that its main aim is to make your life easier, and that surely must be a good thing.

What are the advantages of a smart home?

  • Peace of mind
  • Efficiency
  • More comfort and control
  • Tailoring your system to fit your needs.

Yes, there are lots of advantages to having a smart home, but to those who don’t see themselves as tech savvy, it can be a little overwhelming. However, the great thing about smart tech is that you can start small, and gradually add more devices as you go along.

Start with a smart plug and learn how to control a lamp in your kitchen – and add more when you’re ready. The tech isn’t going anywhere, so take your time choosing what’s right for you and your home.

Security is important

Next, always be mindful of security. In the digital age, breaking and entering takes on a far more complicated meaning. Understand the ways thieves may work to undermine your smart home, particularly the part tasked with security. Use multiple levels of authentication. Keep your device security up to date and always anti-virus software where appropriate. Stick to these bits of advice and you’ll be fine!

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Research makes a difference

Know your goals and know your budget. Also research the products you want and understand how they all will interact with one another. Like we said earlier, this may sound complicated, but in actual fact smart home tech is not difficult to master. Ask yourself the following questions:

How many devices do you want to control?

Do you want a smart house or a smart room?

Total control

Stop dreaming… The smart home of your dreams is finally within reach. In most cases, you can control everything right from the smartphone you’re quite possibly reading from right now!

Smart home technology transforms how we live, offers increased security and peace of mind and can even help you reduce your energy consumption. But this new home technology really shines because it’s finally giving us access to the kind of convenience and control that was once considered futuristic. Whether you’re a tech-savvy consumer or an involuntary Luddite, you can enrich your life with a few key smart home upgrades. Read on for everything you need to know, including which smart home products we recommend.

Smart products help you use less energy or make your home more secure. Save yourself time, money, and sanity with products that automate heating, cooling, lighting, and home security. Some of these can even detect the tone of your voice to detect how you feel to better serve you.

What exactly can smart home tech do?

Smart home technology offers endless efficiencies and here’s a list of things it can do, just in case you’re still not sure:

You can have voice-activated or app-controlled window blinds, cooking appliances, coffee makers, security cameras, video doorbells, lighting, televisions, assistants, robot vacuum cleaners, thermostats, voice and video telecommunications, home entertainment, speakers, and more. 

Imagine waking up to your morning coffee freshly made; lights gradually working their way to full brightness, a hot meal ready in your slow cooker when you get home from work… oh, we’re spoiling you!

These are just some of the possibilities smart devices offer. Innovations in smart home technology are just taking off, so expect to see a lot more in the coming years. It won’t be long before we’ll all be going to work in a voice activated flying car – with auto-pilot! Hmm.

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Does smart home technology really make your life easier?

You can save time and gain peace of mind by adopting smart home technology. From cooking a meal while you’re at work to checking the security cameras at home from your phone, having complete control of your home from the push of a button brings smart home devotees the kind of convenience people once needed house staff to maintain. Many people are already using smart home tech to monitor the activity of their pets in real time. Yes, and you can speak to them remotely to tell them what time you’ll be home!

How do you reduce energy use?

Reduce your energy consumption and your bills. It’s a great concept, but how can it be done? Thermostat system controls can ensure you heat and cool at maximum efficiency while making your home the most comfortable it’s ever been. This is ideal for those who have varied temperature preferences, such as enjoying cool temperatures while sleeping and making your house warmer during the day.

Smart meters and energy display devices can help you track your energy use and reduce consumption. Knowing when and how you use your energy gives you greater control of your energy usage. This means you can pinpoint exactly where your energy use peaks and you can make an informed choice to try to lower your consumption. Studies have shown that electricity consumption can fall by between 4% to 9%, which is quite a big saving over twelve months.

Forgot to turn a light or TV off? Do it remotely with lighting controls from your smartphone. This can also function as a security feature by making it appear as if you’re at home while you’re away or on holiday. It’s also effective during the British winter when the dark nights begin at around 4pm!

Let’s take a quick look at some of the tech behind smart homes…

What do you actually do with a smart plug?

First, you plug a smart plug into an outlet. Then you plug something else (like a lamp or appliance) into it. Finally, you connect the plug to your preferred home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or the smart plug’s app. From there the smart plug turns the power supply to the item you plugged into it. You then use ‘on’ and ‘off’ commands sent from an app or smart home hub and your Wi-Fi network.

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Lighting

Remote control lights are really simple. Plug-in devices connect your lamp and the wall outlet, functioning as a remote control for the attached light. New technology even allows you to connect to your smartphone, Google Home, and Alexa. When you go to work in a morning, you leave the switch on your lamp permanently in the ‘On’ position – the plug-in module will deal with turning the lamp on and off. In just a few moments, you can control a few lamps in your living room, bedroom or any location where your light fixtures plug into a smart plug. You can control it from anywhere in the world. How cool is that?

Remote control lights do not mean you are pressing a remote control to turn your lights off and on, although you can. It’s much simpler than that. Having remote control lights is like having the ability to control and access your home from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, laptop, Apple Watch, Siri, and other voice assistants. Remote control lights are simple. Even if you are home and not at a “remote location” you can access your smart home products with a simple tap on your phone.

Start off easy

Of course, if you go for the easiest option and buy yourself some smart plugs, you’re not restricted to just your lights. You can control everything: fans, kettles, heating, appliances, radios… Virtually everything. All you’ll need is a good internet connection. You can control a myriad of devices from an app on your smartphone or with your voice through a virtual assistant such as Alexa, Siri or others.

It’s so easy, so don’t let the word “tech” put you off. Get yourself a single smart plug and see just how easy it is for yourself, and we think you’ll never look back! Ebuyer has an extensive range of smart home devices. Click here for smart plugs, or here to see the full range.

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