There are plenty of products out there to help you DIY a smart home. From Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s HomePod, the options for smart home assistants are growing. Smart Appliances make heating and cooling a breeze (pun intended) and lighting control is possible with a separate kit from a hardware store. That said, the purpose of owning a smart home is to provide an easy way to control these devices. With each of them using their own software, it’s not so easy to navigate. Enter, integrated smart home systems.
The idea of integrated smart home systems is to easily navigate all your home’s technology from one place. The idea of jumping back and forth from apps for each device doesn’t help much, especially when you need to control everything at once. By the time you enter each app from your phone and adjust the lighting, thermostat, turn on music, etc., you might as well have manually changed everything. The point of integrated smart home systems is to save you time and completely automate simple tasks.
What does it cost?
It sounds expensive, right? According to Scott Theleman of Smart Systems in Texas, “It’s not particularly expensive . . . it’s accessible to the middle class.” When you consider the cost to buy each device separately on a DIY smart home, the numbers really add up. Not to mention, these devices won’t save you much time or burden in the long run.
DIY vs. Integrated smart home
So the question is, what can integrated smart home systems do other than just save me time? Imagine this, there is a fire in your kitchen while you and your family are sound asleep in bed. A DIY system wouldn’t help much. The fire alarm would go off and that’s about the extent of what’s done. In an integrated smart home system, the fire alarm would trigger a chain reaction of controls to help ease the situation. If the fire alarm goes off, the lights come on so your family can see to get out. The police are notified and the window blinds go up so they can see inside. Meanwhile, the porch light is flashing so firefighters have no doubt which home to go to. Lastly, the ventilation system is shut off so the smoke doesn’t spread through the vents.
There’s no doubt you wouldn’t have time to adjust all these controls in a DIY system, let alone manually. The real focus should be to get your family out safely, which an integrated smart home allows you to do.
Safety and security are the number one factors that go into any home, especially a smart home. Theleman said the number one priority when building a smart home would be to install some sort of security system. This would help keep your home, family and valuables safe from anywhere in the world. It allows you to monitor cameras from your phone and even lock or unlock windows and doors.
How does it work?
Integrated smart home systems run on products and software that provide users with every type of automation necessary, and all from one app. There are a few different products on the market but one of the best is Control4, Theleman said.
A home is wired throughout to support a variety of different features like lighting, temperature control, speakers and a security system. Each feature is then connected to the smart technology, like Control4 and an app is provided for ease of use.
The key to functionality is the in-wall wiring. When building a new home, the wiring can be installed with ease otherwise, it can be a bit of a process. Ideally, integrated smart homes are built from the ground up. It’s possible to equip the home you live in now with the technology but the walls have to be broken down to allow access for the wires.
The future of smart home technology
Once your home is wired and the necessary technology is installed, you’re well on your way to automated smart home living. That said, new technology is developing everyday.
Geofencing might be the next big thing to integrated smart home technology, Theleman said. Geofencing uses the GPS from your phone to locate your position in or outside your home. With this technology, a smart home could connect with location services and provide a new expanse of automation. For example, geofencing could open the garage door automatically as you approach or turn lights on and off as you walk through the house. Security would also be developed on a whole new level by tracking who is in your house and where. If you’re in the market for a new car, add a smart car to the picture and bring music with you from inside the house or vice versa.
There’s nothing wrong with a DIY project but when the project involves a smart home, take the next step and provide your family with a fully integrated smart home. There are new homes on the market in Dallas with this new technology and smart homes are the future of Dallas real estate. Contact our team for more information on how to find the best smart home for you.