Smart homes or automated homes, provide residents security, convenience, and comfort by allowing them to control several smart devices through their phones or another device. Any device in a home that uses electricity can be put on the home network and can be controlled on command.
Smart homes make life much easier and much more convenient.
While sitting at home, if you feel like the temperature is uncomfortable, you can simply control the thermostat from anywhere in the house. You won’t need to get up and go to change the temperature. It can all be done with a click of your finger. These devices also learn homeowners' behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart light bulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
A smart home also saves the residents from a lot of hassles. There are a lot of kitchen appliances available, including smart coffee makers that can brew a fresh cup automatically at a programmed time. Imagine having coffee ready before you even get out of bed. There are smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand. With this extent of technology, you will be able to focus on work and leisure instead of worrying about all the work around the house.
When it comes to security, we have all heard of CCTV cameras. Cameras track the house and movements around it for safety. This camera footage can be recorded and even watched live. Beyond that, with smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behaviour is detected.
You no longer have to care about your pet’s safety if you’re away, Smart home technologies help you do that too! A connected pet feeder makes it easy to feed your pet on time every day. Automated dispensers let you schedule mealtimes and deliver specific portions. There are also smart litter boxes that ensure your pets hygiene and are a relief for the owners.
One of the most interesting examples of a Smart Home is Bill Gates’ house. Everyone in the home is pinned with an electronic tracking chip. The chip keeps track of all that you do and makes adjustments as it learns your preferences. As you move through the rooms, lights come on ahead of you and fade behind you. Your favorite songs will follow you throughout the house, as will whatever you're watching on television.
The amount of smart technology you want and need at your home is completely up to your discretion. In designing a smart home, you can do as much or as little home automation as you want. For starters, it may be best to think of tasks you already routinely do and then find a way to automate them. The cost of a smart home varies depending on how smart the home is. One builder estimates that his clients spend between $10,000 and $250,000 for sophisticated systems. If you build the smart home gradually, starting with a basic lighting system, it might only be a few hundred dollars. A more sophisticated system will be tens of thousands of dollars, and elements of home theater systems raise the cost of a system about 50 percent.
If the entire idea of smart homes sounds too expensive, or still not enough for you to choose one, we have more benefits of having smart homes. Besides providing extra security and comfort, smart homes also provide some energy efficiency savings. Because systems put some devices at a reduced level of functionality, they can go to sleep and wake up when commands are given. Electric bills go down when lights are automatically turned off in empty rooms, and rooms can be heated or cooled based on who's there at any given moment.
Smart home technology offers benefits for elderly people living alone. A smart home could notify the resident when it's time to take medicine, alert the hospital if the resident falls and track how much the resident is eating. If an elderly person is a little forgetful, the smart home could perform tasks such as shutting off the water before a tub overflows or turning off the oven if the cook had wandered away.
With the way our lives are, it would always help to have a smart home. Start your planning now to lead an easier and safer life!