Everyone is talking about smart homes these days. But, you may not know exactly what this futuristic-sounding term actually means. We’re here to explain.
A smart home usually refers to a home, where elements like appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, entertainment systems and security systems have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity and can be controlled remotely via online apps, your phone, and over the internet—even when you’re not home.
“Smart” is often linked to automation, which means efficiency and convenience for homeowners. Many aspects of your home can be automated using smart technology, but some of the most common are lighting, heating and cooling, and appliances. Automating these systems can help you save on your energy bills and are environmentally friendly.
When you automate lighting, for example, you can set your lights to come on when it gets dark. Or, you could to add motion detectors, so that lights switch on when someone steps on your front porch or enters a room. You can even add a voice-control feature to turn lights on in specific rooms. If you have lots of appliances, set them up on a smart system to help conserve energy and expand their lifespan.
Automating heating and cooling systems not only help you keep your energy bills down, it also ensures that your home will always be the perfect temperature. You can set your heat or air to kick on at specific times of day, like just before you get out of bed in the morning or when you arrive home after your workday. Systems can also detect weather conditions outside and adjust accordingly.
Most smart home features integrate with your smartphone, so that you can access all kinds of insights about your home when you’re away. With most smart home systems, you can use your smartphones to adjust settings and schedules, and control your lighting, security alarms, appliances, and even your heat and air. Depending on what type of system you have, in some cases, you can link your phone to cameras in your home, so that you can keep an eye on everything when you’re at work or on vacation.
With smart security systems, homeowners can control the arming and disarming of alarms from their smartphones, or adjust settings, such as a passcode. Adding motion lights, cameras, and timers can enhance your home’s security. Smart cameras have Wi-Fi connections so you can view what they pick up and control them remotely using a smartphone app, and many can be programmed to detect motion.
For more ideas on about how a security system can increase your home’s value, give us a call.
We’ll be happy to provide suggestions that work best for where you live and can help give you peace of mind.