Smart Home Technology
How Can I get On Board with Smart Home Technology?
Smart home is a term used to describe a living environment loaded with appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, and a wide range of Bluetooth devices controlled by one central smart hub. These pieces of technology are useful for protecting valuable gifts, keeping energy costs low, and increasing overall comfort. With this technology, all devices in your home, your smartphone, and the main hub all communicate with each other. Privacy concerns to be aware of before you start looking at these types of products; your system is always listening to your conversations.
What is the Internet of Things (IOT)?
The internet of things (IOT) is a phrase commonly used to describe the shared wireless connection between physical devices, vehicles, and any appliance with Bluetooth connectivity. These machines are constantly communicating with each other all day, every day. The amount of objects that are apart of the IOT is constantly growing. There is expected to be just over 30 billion devices communicating with each other worldwide by 2020. As the IOT circle continues to expand, accuracy and work productivity increases, thus less human intervention is needed.
Best smart devices for your home:
- Amazon Echo
- Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit
- SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell (surveillance system)
- Kuna Toucan
- Wink Hub 2
- Tend Secure Lynx Indoor
- Abode Home Security Starter Kit
- Nest Learning Thermostat
Why Should I Buy Smart Home Technology?
1) The system keeps you and your home safe
Surveillance packages that include cameras, sensors, and alarms that will help stop potential break-ins. There are several companies that can monitor threats towards your home and send police units if they suspect your life is in danger. IoT devices can detect abnormal carbon monoxide levels, moisture levels, and alert residents if there is a dangerous amount of smoke in the air. Smart locks can be locked or unlocked from another location outside your home. The lock is paired with your smartphone which is harder to lose and easier to keep track of. There is no longer a need to have to drive back to your house, walk up to your driveway, and turn the handle in order to figure out if you remembered to lock the door or not. Just open up your mobile app and check the status of your door locks.
2) IOT technology helps lower energy bills
Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly more popular because they are easy to control, and they help people save money. The thermostats can sense how many people are in a room and adjust the temperature accordingly. You can also remotely change the temperature from any room at any time.
3) Smart home equipment is easy to install and use
Installing a new technology system does not require a lot of tools or knowledge. An online instructions video may be all you need to get a device up and running. A lot of the smart technology seen in homes operates wirelessly.
Several brands offer voice-activated commands for their products. All you have to do is tell call out to your Alexa or Google home system to lower the temperature or turn on the lights. The automation system will respond back through speakers.
4) The added technology increases the value of your home
There are studies that show placing smart technology in your home will attract more buyers and increase the value of your home by almost 10%. The technology is the future and people like the added security and convenience.