Smart Home Technology is more common than ever as it has become increasingly affordable and easy to use.
So what exactly is a smart home?
Basically, it’s a group of electrical devices connected by a common network that you can control from anywhere. Control is simple, and only requires your voice or a touch of a button by using an app on your phone or tablet, or from a smart home hub such as Alexa Echo or an Apple HomePod Mini. All smart homes are not created equal as a homeowner decides on what they want when it comes to functions and features, including which outlets and/or electrical devices are to be part of their network. There are many possibilities including thermostats, appliances, lights, doorbells, locks, security systems, cameras, sprinklers and more! Is upgrading your home to a smart home worth it?
Let’s take a look at five of the biggest benefits.
One of the biggest benefits is the improved energy efficiency from installing a smart thermostat and smart lights. Smart thermostats offer better control over your home’s heating and cooling. Not only can you program your preferences for different times of day, but a smart thermostat will learn your schedule and preferences in order to suggest further improvements. When it comes to lights, they can be programmed to turn on and off automatically as you enter and leave a room so that no energy is wasted. Smart thermostats and lighting systems use less power, giving you lower electric bills and a “greener” home.
Safety, Security and Protection
How would you like to monitor your home from anywhere? Smart home technology lets you connect and control your alarm system, door locks, motion detector lights and doorbell and surveillance cameras from anywhere. Smart home technology also means you receive security alerts and have the ability to monitor your house in real-time from anywhere. Also, you can add functions that allow alerts for smoke, water leaks, and electrical items that have been unintentionally left on or plugged in. No need to turn the car around anymore to make sure your iron is unplugged!
Smart home technology is easy and convenient as you can manage your home from one hub that is right at your fingertips. Make life easier by preheating your oven when you’re on your way home from work, unlocking the door for the babysitter from anywhere and making sure you in fact did remember to close your garage door.
Smart home technology offers great flexibility. Once you have decided and set up your app or hub, adding new appliances and devices is simple. Your family’s needs change, so why shouldn’t your smart home?
The Cool Factor
Face it, smart home technology IS cool, and definitely gives off Jetsons vibes. Automating daily tasks is not only a game-changer when it comes to efficiency and security, it’s also fun! Our phones are with us all the time, so let’s use them for good, such as saving money, improving our carbon footprint and increasing home security. Who knows, maybe flying cars will be next.
A.F. Smith Electric is ready to help you create a smart home that fits your lifestyle. We will assess your home’s capabilities, add any needed smart outlets, help ensure the appliances and devices you want on your system can “talk” to each other, install any necessary wiring and add any items you wish to your network - including smart motion detector lights, doorbell and surveillance cameras, smart locks and more! Contact us today!