Smart Homes

Smart homes are no longer futuristic, somewhat scary concepts from science fiction movies or The Jetsons. They are real, up-and-coming houses that can give owners a feeling of calm, safety and control.

 

A smart home is defined as a home that uses advanced automation systems to offer those who live in it the ability to monitor and control the building functions through technology. From making sure your kitchen coffee pot is turned off, even if you’re far away at work, to using cameras to confirm your home is safe, there are endless possibilities with a smart house.

“Everybody wants to ensure their home’s safety, especially when they have children. Through a smart home security system, there are many smart ways to do so.” 

Does this mean you must build a new house from the ground up to make it smart? Not at all. You can add to and adjust your current home to make it smarter. You can pick and choose which smart home parts you want and don’t want based on your personal preferences.

 

Let’s break down the smart home into its the basic system advantages and products.

“Can you imagine, walk up to your front door and the phone in your pocket is already unlocking it?”

  1. Everybody wants to ensure their home’s safety, especially when they have children. Through a smart home security system, there are many smart ways to do so.
    1. Remote monitoring lets you breathe easy, no matter where you are. Once the system has been set up, you can receive alerts through e-mail or text messages. Communication, both to or from the system, can include:
      1. Checking out security camera feeds
      2. Having the ability to check your alarm & security system
      3. Arming or disarming your system
      4. Adjusting your thermostats & lighting
      5. Receiving messages based on your personal requests, such as alerts of a home intrusion or fire detection
    2. Outdoor lighting can be manipulated to ward off or scare away potential intruders. From all-night lighting to motion-activated lighting, there are multiple smart options for lighting security.
    3. Up-and-coming smart companies are taking away the easy-to-picks lock and replacing them with smart locks. Can you imagine, walk up to your front door and the phone in your pocket is already unlocking it?

      “…think of the money you’ll be saving each month, for years to come, on energy bills.”
       
  2. Smart home automation systems can save you money…and help the environment.  The latest smart technology can help make your home ZNE compliant by helping to monitor energy usage and promote sustainability.

    “…did you know that when you power down an appliance, it keeps using energy? That even when turned off, most electronics go into standby mode and hold a “phantom load”?”

      1. You can utilize energy-saving settings to significantly lower the amount of energy used in your home by integrating lighting controls, setting up power controllers to switch off appliances and setting climate control systems. And although it costs money to automate your home, think of the money you’ll be saving each month, for years to come, on energy bills.
      2. If flicking off the light when you leave a room is already second nature, you may feel this automation isn’t for you. But did you know that when you power down an appliance, it keeps using energy? Even when turned off, most electronics go into standby mode and hold a “phantom load”. This can add a shocking 8% to your electric bill. However, there are smart home products like the Smart Strip power strip that completely cut power to devices. When your TV is turned off, this guarantees it is 100% turned off.
      3. You can log and calculate the amount of energy you’re using with all aspects of your home, such as electronics, lighting and even irrigation.
      4. If you’re looking to focus on the top money eater, you’ll likely look to lighting. It is estimated to take up 20% of the world’s electricity.
        1. Automation wise, look into occupancy sensors. They are packed with infrared and photocells to detect movement. No one’s in the room? The lights will turn off automatically. They also switch off the light if there’s enough natural light filling the room.
        2. If you’re not looking to use smart lighting right now, simply switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and remembering to switch off lights are big, impactful steps.
  3. Smart home products
    1. The appeal of installing smart home products is the ability to save time, money and energy. And, let’s be real, there are some really neat, show-off-to-your-friends gadgets coming in. Most of these are under the realm of:
      1. Convenience
      2. Comfort
      3. Efficiency
      4. Security

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