As described by Investopedia, a smart home refers to a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from anywhere using a mobile or other networked device. Devices in a smart home allow the user to control functions such as security access to the home, temperature, lighting, and a home theater remotely.
A smart home’s devices are connected with each other and can be accessed through one central point—a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or game console. Door locks, thermostats, home monitors, cameras, lights, and even appliances such as the refrigerator can be controlled through one home automation system. The system is installed on a mobile or other networked device, and the user can create time schedules for certain changes to take effect.
The Benefits of a Smart Home
A smart home has many benefits, including saving you time and money and adding comfort and convenience to your lifestyle in a secure environment. Equipping your home with smart home technology solutions allows you to do things like:
- Check on your home when you are away with live and recorded video
- Remotely control the temperature on your thermostat
- Turn the lights in your home on and off remotely
- You can establish “Scenes” within your app so when you get home and unlock your door, your security system disarms, and your lights turn on automatically.
How to Automate Your Home
There are many ways and technologies available to create your ideal Smart Home environment. The following devices should be at the top of your list when creating your Smart Home:
Smart Door Locks
Using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, a smart lock is a device that lets users leave their house keys behind, locking and unlocking doors with the quick touch of a finger or a simple voice command via your security app on a smartphone. You can even remotely unlock a door to let in a guest or repair person while you’re at work without requiring a traditional key.
Imagine being able to control the saving on your energy bill is in the palm of your hands. With smart lighting, you can control your lights with your smart device or set them on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Smart lighting enables you to come home to a well-lit house at night if you have been away.
Smart Video Doorbell Camera
The smart video doorbell camera is one of the most popular smart home products. With this product, you can see and talk to your visitor without having to be home. When you’re waiting on that package to arrive, let your smart doorbell camera be your eyes and ears while you are out running errands.
The smart thermostat allows you to have maximum energy efficiency and the comfort of conveniently controlling your home’s temperature from your smartphone. Adding the smart thermostat to your smart home package allows you to leverage the power of controlling your home’s energy ecosystem through one convenient app.
Smart Home Video Cameras
Using video cameras to capture what’s going on within and around your home can provide great peace of mind. You’ll know when your kids get home and what your pets are up. You can even receive alerts from your security app when incidents occur.
A smart home is the most effective when all connected devices work together smoothly, with you at the center of command, controlling it all from one app, you can create a smart home ecosystem that fits your lifestyle, specific needs, and budget.
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