We are definitely living in the golden era of technological advancements. Over the last few decades, we’ve gone from corded phones to tiny computers in our pockets, capable of dozens of simultaneous communication functions.
If smartphones were one of the major technological developments of the 2000s, the next major step in the 2010s is the advancement of smart homes.
What is Home Automation?
Smart home technology generally refers to any set of devices, appliances, or systems connected to the same network that could be independently and remotely controlled. When your home technology works together on a single system, it can also be more loosely referred to as a “connected home.” For example, your home thermostat, lights, audio speakers, TVs, locks, security cameras, appliances, and more are all connected to a common system that can be controlled from your smartphone or via a mobile touch screen app.
Smart home automation lets you tap into high-tech functionality and luxury that was not possible in the past. As technology development continues to expand, the possibilities for consumer home automation will make life easier and more efficient.
Advantages of Home Automation
Smart home automation may be a clever way to keep up with the latest technology or a chance for homeowners to show off. Still, there are some amazing (and unquestionably) practical advantages to home automation. Here are a few examples:
Managing Your Every Home Device from One Place to Another
Having all the technology in your home connected through one interface is a major step towards technology and home management. Theoretically, all you are going to have to do is learn how to use one app on your smartphone and tablet. You will be able to connect into a vast array of functions and devices throughout your property. This reduces the learning curve for new users, making it easier to access the functionality that you really want for your house.
Flexibility for New Appliances and Devices
Smart home systems tend to be remarkably flexible when it comes to fitting new devices, appliances, and other technology. No matter how state-of-the-art your appliances look today, newer, more impressive models will be developed as time goes on. Beyond that, you are likely to add to your suite of devices as you replace the older ones or explore new technology to complement your indoor and outdoor spaces.
Maximizing Home Security
When you incorporate surveillance and security features into your smart home network, your home security could skyrocket. There are tons of alternatives here — only a few dozen of which are currently being explored. For instance, home automation systems could connect motion detectors, surveillance cameras, automated door locks, and other physical security measures throughout your property so that they can be activated from one mobile device before bedtime. You could also choose to receive security alerts on your various devices. Depending on the time of day, the alert goes off. It monitors your activities in real-time, whenever you are at home or halfway around the globe.
Remote Control of Home Functions
Do not underestimate the power of being able to control the functions of your home remotely. On an exceptionally hot day, you could order a cooler house in just enough time to get home from work. If you’re in a rush to start dinner, but you are still in the store, you may begin preheating your oven while still on your way home. You could even check to see if you have left the lights on, who is at your front door or make sure you turn off all your appliances while you are away.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency
Depending on how you utilize your smart home technology, you could make your space more energy-efficient. For example, you could have more precise control over the heating and cooling of your home with a smart programmable thermostat that detects your timing and temperature preferences and suggests the best possible energy-efficient settings throughout the day. Lights and motorized shades may be programmed to switch to night mode as the sun goes down, or lights could switch instantly when you enter or leave the room, so you’ll never have to bother about wasting energy.
Improved Device Functionality
Smart homes can help you run your appliances better, too. Smart TV will help you find better channels and apps to find your desired programming. Moreover, a smart oven will help you cook your chicken to perfection without ever worrying about under-cooking or overcooking. Intelligently designed home theater and audio systems can make managing your music and movie collection flawless when entertaining guests. At the end of the day, connecting your appliances and other systems with automation technology will enhance your efficiency and make your home life much easier and more pleasant!
Home Management Insights
There is also something that needs to be said to tap into insights into how your home works. You could monitor how frequently you watch TV (and what you watch), what kind of meals you cook in your oven, what kind of food you keep in your freezer, and your energy consumption patterns. From these insights, you may evaluate your daily patterns and preferences and make adjustments to your choice lifestyle.
The sheer amount of customer interest generated by smart home technology means that the world’s largest tech companies and innovators are competing to outdo each other. This means that greater, better smart home technology is continually being developed to meet our digital needs. The industry is on an enormous upward trajectory.