Are you new to Smart Home devices?
Here are some information’s, if you are new or not familiar with smart home devices, and maybe you would like to give it a try?
Having or transforming your home into a “Smart home” may have a different meaning to different owners. For some people, it will bring the convenience of having an internet-connected thermostat or maybe a light bulb they control with a Smartphone or anything else in the house that can be controlled remotely by using your Smartphone or Tablet. For others, it will become a life-changing series of integrated systems, complex programming and automation routines that operate with little user intervention. And for others still, it can mean saving energy, contributing to reduce the consumption of energy in relation to climate change or, anything or everything in between.
The reality is that smart home devices can be any devices that will transform the management of your household and ease your life. What is today called Smart Home was previously in the 90’s called “home automation”. Now, since the internet has become so accessible, it consists of an array of devices connected to your Smartphone or Tablet and to the internet. Those devices allow you to perform different tasks and sometimes to even indicate or solve some problems, offering an easy and fast way, sometimes even remotely (from your office, while traveling or else) to take care of the issue or task. Your smart device can allow you to turn on a light with your voice — turn on, increase or decrease the AC or heating system from your office or car before returning home, opening the garage door upon your arrival, unlocking the front door for your children when they return from school while you are still at the office or stuck in traffic, find out about a water leak, a fire ... and much more… but it can also do so much more with just a little bit of "homework" on your part, and of course, it implies a little investment.
Everything or almost everything, is getting smarter in today’s household. Smart home technology, in various forms, has been around for decades but recently they have become more popular and mostly more accessible in terms of cost and in term of the selection of devices offered. For a long time, the conveniences of the connected home were expensive, and had to be professionally installed, they consisted of complicated systems. But in the last decade or so, many devices were created and they are now user friendly and most of those smart devices can easily and rapidly be installed by you, some can be functional in minutes only.
If it seems to you as if everything is getting smart, you are right! While home lighting and security have long been the most common categories for smart home, now refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers, along with washing machines, even window shades and air-conditioners are all getting integrated Wi-Fi and smart features. Eventually all appliances will become Smart ones. Not only will the users benefit from unlimited access and control of their household, the smart homes will also be more budget friendly.
If you are new to smart home devices, and would consider giving it a try, the selection of devices and systems offered on today’s marketplace may seem a little intimidating. The idea of transforming your house into a smart home refers to the category and array of devices that can be programmed to operate automatically at a preset day and time and also to be controlled remotely. The control of those devices is possible via your Smartphone or a voice control assistant (such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant). Smart home devices are usually wireless, many communicate over Wi-Fi, while some others communicate through other type of wireless signals, such as Z-Wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth (similar to the Bluetooth of your wireless headphones). The way those “smart devices” communicate will not affect the way you can use them and benefit from using them. If your device connects through internet (WiFi) access and you have wireless internet access at home, you simply connect through an application (App) that you will have to download to your Smartphone or Tablet, then you will be asked to enter your internet access password and with little and sometimes no configuration needed, your device connects and you can start using it. It is as easy as can be!
The main idea of using smart home devices connected through wireless communication and automatic operation is to ease your life and simplify common daily tasks. For example, do you always get back home after work at 7 pm, and turn on the lights when arriving home? Smart bulbs could be programmed to do that for you. Or, let’s say you are leaving in a hurry for a long week-end and forgot to lower the AC, too bad if you do not have a smart thermostat, what if you had one?.... with a smart thermostat you could either program it to change the temperature on certain days and at a preset time of the day, or if your smart device allows you to be controlled remotely you could just change it from anywhere using your Smartphone or Tablet! What about your front door, the garage door, the sprinklers, the water heater, the oven and all the other appliances…. A smart device can allow you to control not only certain appliances in your household but also it allows you to reduce your energy use, spending and cost.
Smart devices "à la carte" or complete smart home?
Some people will opt for a complete smart home system while most people will start with one or only a few devices to see and evaluate how the smart home transformation goes for them. As we see more and more in advertising, many devices are becoming very popular and are somewhat made more accessible in terms of cost. Let’s say you are away from home, but still you want to monitor who comes to your door? A doorbell camera will allow you to monitor home deliveries, children arrival from school, maybe a potential unwanted visitor and much more… Maybe you will also add a smart thermostat, a smart lock or other devices .....
So, as you get used to the convenience of the smart device or devices you have decided to installed, it will then become easier for you to add others that will work for you and little by little you will transform your household into a more efficient and easier manageable one with your smart devices increasing step by step the number of devices in your household and the task you want them to perform for you.