Smart Home: 6 Tips to turn your house into a smart one
For the ever-busy us, technology is the only savior. Smart technology is slowly making inroads into real estate property too. Living in metro cities is tough; travel time to the office and back eats into your time at home. Here comes the concept of smart homes, with home automation devices, which is attracting many homebuyers now.
Smart home systems smartly manage your home-you may have smart home lights that change as per your mood, devices that can help you maintain the temperature in your house, smart home appliances, -basically, with just the click or tap on your smart-phone, your house will perform the work you were supposed to be doing.
Having made a handsome investment in your luxury home, converting these into smart homes will change the game for you. Let us read through a few tips on a home automation system that would help you make this transformation of your home into a smart apartment.
6 Ways to a Smart Home
1. Smart Home Gadgets
Gadgets make our lives convenient and comfortable. These days many smart home devices are available to simplify your life even more. You may bring home the following gadgets for your smart home.
- Smart Speakers
These are, actually voice assistants that work on your command.
- Smart Plugs
These plugs connect to a smartphone via WiFi or Bluetooth and allow you to control the appliance connected to the plug.
- Smart Hub
This is a hub that lets you control multiple things such as control lights, locks, appliances, electronics, and more.
2. Smart Lighting
The smart lighting solution is energy efficient and helps you control lights with sensor technologies. They also help you to live a sustainable, cost-efficient, and resource-efficient life; you can use smart lighting both indoors and outdoors.
3. Security and Fire Safety
Security of your home is the primary requirement for anyone. There are many smart home devices which can help you with this such as Video door phone, secured door locks, intrusion alarm system, surveillance camera, smoke or fire alarm system, etc.
Smart doorbells are relatively inexpensive and easy to install (provided your home is already hardwired for a doorbell). They let you monitor, and even talk to, whoever is at your door without even being at home yourself. Some of these are WIFI enabled and connected with other smart systems throughout your home, providing an added boost to home security.
You may install smart locks for that added front door security. These locks are generally touchpad enabled and completely keyless. These allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone. You can even create individual passcodes for different people who may need to access your home.
4. Indoor and outdoor cameras
Many people use indoor and outdoor cameras at home to keep an eye on pets or otherwise when they’re not around.
5. Smart thermostats
These can be installed in your home; they adjust heating and cooling operations all on their own, limiting energy consumption when you’re not around. Certain compatible apps allow you to personally monitor daily and monthly usage and make small adjustments for savings on energy.
6. Smart Kitchen
You may have your fridge connected to the internet so you can view what’s inside of it when you’re not home. There are smart and slow cookers that allow you to make adjustments to your cooking even while you’re away at the office and smart plates and forks that help you monitor food and calorie intake if you’re watching what you eat.
Besides these, you may install smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that have the ability to tell you exactly where smoke is originating from and alerting you on your smartphone if the devices go off and you’re not home. Then there are personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home that can make your day-to-day easier.
You may slowly include these smart appliances, furniture, and decor into your house. But as you add in more features, you must consider one of the biggest benefits of smart home technology, which is, integration. Many of these systems are designed to work together- your security systems may be talking to each other along with your energy efficiency systems and even your kitchen gadgets. Can you believe your smart refrigerator talking to your dishwasher informing it when to expect a big load of dishes?
Smart home technology will slowly and steadily become a more commonplace feature of new homes. So, when you are setting up your house, explore the options that make the most sense for your home, your budget, and your lifestyle. Be smart!