There’s no shortage of technology out there trying to grab your attention. But why purchase a piece of technology if it doesn’t actually do something to make your life easier?
The promise of smart technology has always been to use that technology to improve your life in some way. Some smart technology does that better (smart phones) than others (smart watches). But the goal of making life easier is at the heart of smart technology.
In a recent post, we explored how smart homes put you in control of your home. Being able to control your home from anywhere is a powerful way a smart home helps improve your life.
Control and security brings peace of mind and frees you up to do all the other important things in your life.
Being able to control your home is most valuable when it fits into your life. A smart phone, for instance, goes with you and enhances your daily activities. A smart home should similarly work with your lifestyle, and not require you to work around the demands of the technology.
Let’s take a look at three ways a smart home works with you to make your life easier.
One of the more exciting developments in smart home technology is the arrival of smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home. Smart speakers can integrate with your smart home and allow you to control your home with your voice.
This means you no longer have to physically interact with panels or apps if you don’t want to. Instead of pressing buttons on an app, you can issue voice commands and your smart home will take action.
For instance, if you want to arm your security system, you can say, “Alexa, ask Vivint to arm my security system away.” Your Echo will pass your voice command to your smart home, and your security system will arm.
And all you had to do was talk. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
You can also issue voice commands to:
- Turn on lights
- Lock the front door
- Change thermostat settings
- Close the garage door
Voice commands save you time and allow you to live your life without having to hassle with finding your phone or getting to the room where your panel is located. As long as you’re within range of your smart speaker, you can control your home with your voice.
The very name smart home indicates one of its most important characteristics: it’s smart! Smart homes use artificial intelligence (A.I.) to learn and adjust to make your life easier.
Temperature control is a great example of how a smart home learns. Your smart home learns when you’re at home, and when you’re not. And it learns how you like your temperature settings and adjusts accordingly.
So let’s say you like your home at 72 degrees when you’re at home. That’s great for keeping you comfortable, but when you’re not at home that temperature setting may be wasting energy. And that means lost money. Your smart home can recognize when you’re not home and adjust your smart thermostat to save you energy.
Your smart home can recognize when you’re home again and put the thermostat setting back to how you like it. And it does all this without you having to meddle with any settings. That’s smart!
Smart homes can also turn down your lights when you’re not home, which saves you the time of having to figure out if the kids left the lights on. Let your smart home sweat the small stuff for you.
One of the best ways a smart home can make your life easier is by saving you money.
Heating, cooling, and lighting account for the majority of total energy consumption in the typical American home.
According to EnergyStar, simply adjusting your thermostat when you’re not home or asleep can save up to $180 over the course of the year. And a smart home can make those adjustments automatically, literally saving your money without you having to lift a finger.
By letting you control your home with your voice, learning your behaviors to make automatic adjustments, and saving you money, a smart home lives up to the promise of a smart technology that can make your life easier.