7 Benefits of living in a smart home
A lot of people are put off with the idea of a ‘Smart Home’ either because they think it will be too expensive, difficult to use or maybe they don’t feel like they will be in enough control of their own environment. However, Smart homes are becoming very affordable, due to having the option to build up little by little or have it all completed in one big project but with room for future improvement. Every device is at your control to make your life more convenient for your pleasure.
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should be considering a Smart Home:
One of the best parts of a Smart House is that you can set it up to be absolutely perfect for you. Have the lighting set up at just the right brightness, not too bright but not too dark either. You can even set it so that the lights slowly dims brighter instead of a sudden flash of blinding light you usually get or set up which lights/lamps turn on in the room depending on your activity.
You can set some soft music start when your alarms go off in the morning so that you wake up in positive atmosphere and not dreading the day. You can place speakers in different rooms to be set to play different songs at different volumes so you can always listen to what you want where ever you are in the house.
You can also have the temperature of the house kept at your optimal temperature. The heating and air conditioner can be remotely controlled by a thermostat so that the house will never be too cold or too hot for you to be in.
There are countless ways that a smart home could be keeping you secure at home. You can have motion sensors to detect movement after a determined time, such as at night or whilst you are at work. If the motion detectors are alerted you can be sent a notification to your smart phone, and/or have lights come on to make it seem as though someone is awake and scare the potential burglar away.
You can have ‘detectors’ on windows and doors, so you know if one has been opened without you being aware or one has been smashed.
A lot of smart homes have CCTV cameras installed that will allow you to look through any camera using your smart device or wall terminal. You can set sections of the screen to detect movement so that a pet or a tree in the wind does not set off the alarm.
If you install ‘smart’ fire alarms you can receive notifications of potential fires whether you are in the house or out at work. If you know it to be a false alarm you can turn off the alarm at a press of a screen, instead of climbing up on a chair and stretching to reach the button on the fire alarm itself.
As a bonus if you ever go away on holiday you can get these notifications for fires or burglaries can be sent to a neighbour or family member instead of yourself.
3. Easily Controlled
The most convenient part of Smart Homes is that every part of the house could now be at a touch of a screen. Whether that is your smart phone, tablet or a terminal built into your walls.
When you are going bed you can turn off every light in your house from the press of one button. If you have smart looks you can look at your screen and see that every door and window is locked so you don’t have to walk round checking them.
If you have smart sockets then you can turn off every electronic device in the house in a few seconds.
You can even program devices together, for instance, when you turn on your TV, the lights automatically dim or your surround sound comes on with the TV. In the morning you can set the heating, lights, music to all come on when you get up without you having to do anything at all.
4. Energy efficient
The bonus of having everything in your house connected together means that everything is also monitored. Usually, programmed into Smart Homes are ‘Energy Saving’ options to your devices; such as not having the lights at full brightness depending how much natural light is in the room or having the thermostat adjusts itself throughout the day depending on the weather and if anyone is in the house or not.
If you have sensor built in then you can set the lighting to come on when someone is in the room and go off when they walk out, this is a great way to save money without you having to do a thing. You can even go as a far as having smart taps/showers to optimise the amount of water used and save yourself money on water as well as electricity.
You can set up your smart device to have real-time monitoring of your energy usage or have a monthly/quarterly report to see if you can save money in your household and help the environment.
Smart Homes are becoming a huge help for people with varying disabilities. People who cannot see can have voice activated interface to control their TV’s, lights, heating, anything that can be connected to electricity. People with muscle degenerating illness or disabilities may struggle reaching light switches, blinds or fire alarms but can now control such devices from a phone or a tablet. If you know someone in a wheelchair then you can set up automatic doors using sensors.
Alos, automatic programs can be set up for individuals so that they do not have to think about trivial concerns such as heating or lights.
For families that have an elder member or perhaps someone with Alzheimer’s can have sensors installed in the house to help monitor them when they can’t be there in person. You can create notifications if the front door is opened at night, attach sensors to keys to know if they wander around from where you would expect, or flood alerts in laundry rooms/bathrooms, even going as far as monitored pill boxes to make sure they are taken each day.
There can also easily be installed ‘Panic’ buttons if there has been an accident in the house and the families or staff in a care home can be notified straight away instead of the individual having to try and phone for help.
6. Impress your friends
What is the point of having a modern, futuristic house if you can’t show it off every once in a while?
Invite friends and family round and show them you are choosing rock music in this room and dance music next door from your phone.Then change the colour of your lights for a party atmosphere, you can probably get a program that fades between the colours to really impress them.
There is nothing wrong with showing off how easy it is for you to get your phone out and turn up the air con without having to get up or walk anywhere. Then, at the end of the night get your robot hoovers out to clean up the mess on the floor.
At the end of the day the smart home is there for you to enjoy!
Lastly, look to the future. The new generation of home owners are likely going to very interested in house that can controlled via the very phones that they have grown up with all their lives.
People aren’t necessarily looking to buy a futuristic house that is run by robots and but the right smart technologies can instantly raise the market value of the house. Installing smart thermostats, lighting and security could be enough to really impressive future buyers. Especially if they know that by having these smart devices they could be saving money on energy consumption in their future.
81% of homeowners, who currently live in smart homes, say they are more likely to buy a smart home in the future. So, if you live in a smart home now you could also be investing very wisely into your future should you wish to move one day.