Although all homes are unique, a few key features make a smart home “smart”.
The first is connectivity through a wi-fi network. The wi-fi network is the communication between your handheld devices or voice-activated speaker and the gadgets that control the features of your home. Although there are many options for brands and systems, the basics are the same. A hub communicates with the smart features of your home over the wi-fi network. This allows the different gadgets and appliances to work together. Automations keep the home operating smoothly.
So what can this hub all control? The options are almost endless and growing each day. The most popular gadgets include smart speakers, thermostats, security, cameras, smart meters, lighting, plugs and more. Speakers are likely the most basic smart home feature that can be easily added to new or older homes. Systems like Google Home, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa give homeowners the ability to play music, set up reminders and even purchase home essentials.
Other popular smart home gadgets are smart plugs and thermostats.
These give homeowners the ability to control power usage and have perfect temperature and humidity. Features like this allow the automation of household tasks, giving your home life ease that was never available before! Having specific control of the humidity in your home can prevent costly repairs. You can find out more about home humidity here [link].
Security systems can also be added to a smart home. These have features such as cameras, remote locks and speakers. Imagine being able to secure your home from anywhere with the tap of a button? It’s now possible and an excellent way for homeowners to keep their investments secure. Doorbell cameras can give you added protection while at home and away.
Smart appliances can be added to your new home as well. These include fridges, freezers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners! The cleaning crew of the future. Having a keen eye on these major appliances is a great way to maintain your investment.
Many of these smart features can be added after a home is built but are far more efficient if they are planned and placed as the house is built. Speak to your builder at the planning stage about your smart home dreams to ensure that your home is set up to be as efficient as possible.
With all of these fantastic features, what should you look out for?
Of course, with any online connection, there is always some risk. So be sure to choose a system that is firewall enabled and has password protection. Be sure to read the fine print when allowing apps to access your personal data. Often this step is overlooked and can leave your family at risk. A data breach in your home is not covered by a home warranty and can be a costly fix.
Another thing to consider is purchasing appliances that are compatible with the system you choose. Again, speaking to a smart home expert before deciding can help you avoid having technologies that will not sync. Do your research before choosing a system, write down your goals, and make decisions based on your needs, current systems and the features that are most important to you.
Smart homes are the homes of the future. So be sure to choose the system that is best for you and your family.