As we move into 2018, home technology is coming from all angles and knocking on our doors to get into our homes. There is a massive shift going on in the way we communicate and live. Our homes are covered in technology.
By now you are probably starting to ask yourself, what is a smart home and do I need one? Well, a smart home is a home that utilizes your patterns and automation to know what you want, when you want it. It can even go as far as doing things for you with just your voice. Bring each of these DIY techniques full circle and add a smart car to the mix. Here’s a basic break down of ways to DIY a smart home.
This type of technology turns any room or home into a smart home. There are many assistants right now and there are a few in particular that are leading the pack. These include Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s HomePod. They are all competing to win users over but usually you can decide based off what technology or brand you use the most.
If you use an Apple iPhone and Mac, you will likely be best off with Siri and the Apple Home Pod. If Amazon Prime is something you utilize, Alexa is the way to go. Or if you have an android phone and use Google, you will want to choose the Google Assistant. Just to clarify, you can always change assistants at any time. It could just be a hassle and expensive.
All of these assistants can do a variety of different tasks. These include offering answers to simple questions and even ordering your favorite pizza. Some of the most advanced systems can even control lights and music.
Smart appliances usually go hand in hand with assistants. These can range from setting the oven to a specific temperature to controlling the temperature in your home.
Using the smart thermostat is a lot different from a basic one. A standard thermostat allows you to manually change the temperature throughout the day. Unfortunately, if you need to change it in the middle of the night, it’s necessary to get out of bed and make your to the thermostat and adjust accordingly. With a smart thermostat it’s possible to change the temperature directly from your phone. If you can’t find your phone, no big deal, just say, “Okay Google, set the temperature to 70 degrees.” As if it was magic, you will find your temperature changing immediately, all without having to get out of bed.
Many of these smart thermostats can be set ahead of time or will gradually learn your habits. For example, if you like the air condition to go up at night, you can set it to do so right at 9 p.m. Or it will learn your routine and automatically adjust the temperature. This can save people a lot of money on their utility bill.
Even some of the home’s most basic amenities have gotten smarter. For example, Chromecast now has a feature that will automatically show any show on Netflix on your tv by just asking. Smart TV’s can turn off at the end of a show if you ask it to and smart coffee pots get your coffee started for you right when you wake up. By now you should be seeing a trend of how helpful the smart home appliances can be. You can even control your garage door with your phone if you needed to.
Not only will you likely save money on your electric, but it’s possible to control every light in and outside your home through one simple phone application. Imagine being able to control the color, brightness, and power of all your lights from just your phone and voice. They can also be controlled from anywhere. These lights also make for a great party trick and mood lighting.
Most importantly is the security of your home. With a smart home, security comes more efficiently and easier than ever before. There are many smart cameras that you can place around your house that will automatically alert you if someone is too close to your home. The app allows you to pull up the footage from anywhere in the world that has internet.
It’s possible even set up your house on away mode for when you are on vacation. This will turn on your lights for a few hours to let anyone on the outside think that you are still home.
Integrated Smart Technology
The real kicker here is understanding that there’s a huge difference between these DIY smart products you can buy at the store versus a fully functioning smart home. “A lot of people are seeing smart home written on just about every product but all of those are independent systems and you have to go from app to app to navigate them,” Theleman says.
Ideally, a company like Smart Systems integrates all this technology into one convenient place.
Imagine this; there’s a fire in the house and the smoke alarms are set off. Not only will the smoke alarms go off but the lights in the house will come on so you can see, 911 will be called, the front porch light will flash so emergency responders can easily find you, the thermostat will shut off so smoke isn’t spread through the vents and the blinds will go up so firefighters can see inside. None of these things would be possible in this situation without a fully integrated smart system.
Check back next week for more on exactly what is means to have a fully integrated smart home in 2018 and how Hartman Terilli Realty can help find the perfect Smart Home for you.