For those of us who didn’t grow up with technology at our fingertips, the concept of a smart home can be overwhelming enough that it may seem the trouble outweighs the benefit. But, if you’ve ever shied away from home automation because you weren’t sure exactly what it is, this article is for you. It can answer some basic questions you were too afraid to ask about the future of smart homes.
What is it?
Simply put, a smart home is one where an array of important household components — such as HVAC, lighting, security and appliances — speak to one another and provide a programmable, customizable experience. These are controlled by a single device — usually an app — that can be accessed from anywhere you are.
What makes it smart?
Truly smart automation learns your routines and behaviors. For example, a smart thermostat that learns your routine and determines how often you use different areas of your home can automatically adjust itself accordingly to ensure maximum energy conservation and savings.
Picture yourself on vacation miles from home when your app alerts you to a water leak back home. Remote monitoring provides you with valuable information that can save you from the cost and headache of an unpleasant surprise when you return.
What can it do for me?
A significant home automation benefit is it allows for a customized approach that can boost security, save costs and provide convenience and time-savings to your family. Whether you need to unlock the door remotely for your child who forgot their key or shut off the iron you left on from your desk at work, having the ability to control your home from anywhere can provide that peace of mind.
Smart home technology isn’t strictly about monitoring your home in a robotic fashion; it’s about living your life to the fullest with the confidence that your home is running smoothly at all times and having that stress off your plate can help you focus on the most important things in life.
What about the cost?
Most people assume that because all the cool things home automation does, outfitting your home with smart technology must be cost-prohibitive. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Because smart homes are completely customizable, you can install as much — or as little — as you want. Of course, as with any technology, the sky is the limit, but a basic home monitoring package with access to home security, lighting, appliance and heating control is more than affordable.
Is it confusing to operate?
Any person who can operate a microwave can operate a smart home. Because smart homes are controlled by a single source, there’s only one control center to worry about, whether it be a hardwired control panel in your home or a mobile app. The best part is many smart home apps are user-friendly by design.