Smart Home AUTOMATION: more comfort with ease
A Smart Home is based on the networking of various electrical and electronic equipment in the house, controlled by a centralized system.
This system can be controlled using a wall touch panel, a remote control, a smart phone or even a tablet. It is possible to control and above all, to automate events such as:
· Turn the sprinklers on at 8 pm
· Maintain a constant temperature in the house and to monitor it remotely
· Open or close the shades and some lights at a set time
- Start playing relaxing music to help you go to sleep or wake you up in the morning
· Reproduce your routines when you are away on vacation. Such as turning lights on, turn on the television and even change channels, open and close the shades, and much more...
Home automation can be installed in new homes as well as in existing homes with the help of wireless technology and best of all; it is now more affordable than ever.
Smart home technology, used to be an expensive concept, which has taken off over the last decade. One-in-four Americans now have a smart speaker in their homes, and millions of smart thermostats have sold since Nest launched its first-generation model in 2011.
While these devices hold a lot of promises, can you actually save energy at home using smart home technology? Smart home technology has already and will continue impacting considerably energy use both at home and in your community.
What is a smart home?
Smart home is the term used for residences that use technology (like WiFi and Bluetooth) to enable devices to “talk” to each other and be managed on the go. Smart homes can vary from just a few connected devices to whole-home automation. Lighting, security, appliances, cameras, thermostats and even power outlets can be integrated into a smart home. Smart home devices can be controlled remotely via a Smartphone, tablet, voice assistant or specialized smart home hub.
What types of smart home devices are available?
For almost anything in your home today, there’s likely a smart version of it. However, a few major categories are gaining traction. One of these is safety and security, which includes smart locks, doorbells, alarms, window sensors and surveillance cameras. Another major category is lighting and power, which includes smart lighting, power strips and thermostats. Other popular devices include smart appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers and water heaters), home entertainment technology and smart home hubs. These can be used to control and automate your smart home devices through voice commands or an app.
What benefits will I get from setting up a smart home?
The smart home can provide benefits around comfort, convenience, peace of mind, financial savings and energy efficiency. For example, with a smart doorbell, you can see who’s at your doorstep through your Smartphone. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your home’s temperature while you’re away. With some smart home hubs, you can control all of your home’s smart devices through one app or even voice commands. Smart technology can also improve appliance function. For example, a smart oven can help you determine correct cooking times. You also may be able to use smart home technology to be more energy efficient. With smart light bulbs and a smart speaker, you can say “it’s bedtime” and all the lights in your home will turn off.
There are many ways you can save energy and make your automation system efficient and convenient. For more details, read our next article: Planning a Smart Home