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What Is a Smart Home and What Can It Do for You?

A smart home.

Home automation has come a long way and it is continually improving. We live every day with computers, and many of us won’t remember a time when a computer wasn’t so readily available. The same will be true for smart home devices that will be incorporated into homes to create smart homes. Very soon, connected devices will allow you to control virtually everything, not just your basic desktop or laptop, with smart home technology.

Window treatments, door locks, security cameras, and robot vacuums, are just a few smart home products found today that are already integrated into current smart homes. We are not at a stage where your house can cook for you, but we may soon get there. Every one of the previously mentioned devices is easily operated with remote control, your smartphone, or with voice control via devices like Amazon Alexa.

So what can a smart home do for you? It can’t do everything (yet) but it can do a lot of things that your quality of life will improve tremendously with it in place. All you need is a good internet connection, a few devices to create a mesh of inter-readability, and the willingness to learn and put such a smart home together.

Evolution

If you know anything about computers, then you know how far they have come. Your personal iPhone has so much more computing power than personal computers of even twenty years ago. The rapid advancement in computer technology has improved the quality of life so much in contemporary times that we often take for granted how much things have changed. There was a time when if you wanted to do research on a topic, you would have to go to the library to find resources. Today, all you have to do is turn your phone on, put a quick search into a search engine, and viola, many articles, publications and studies become available to you.

Smart home devices are on the same trajectory. Although still in its relative infancy, the technology for them can grow at a rate that will make them just as ubiquitous as the home computer or the smartphone. So taking the time to learn what they can do for you today will help you get ahead of the curve and know how these devices work.

Motorized Window Blinds- A Great Starting Point

Motorized Blinds have been around for a long time now. Motors have been able to operate the opening and closing of blinds and shades for quite a while, often needing just a remote control to do so. So how can motorized blinds be a great jumping point for building a smart home? Well, smart home applications have allowed you to be able to integrate devices like smart speakers to these blinds, with items like a connecting bridge, your Google Nest device can connect and operate these blinds which then in turn allows you to use voice commands to do the opening and closing.

With smart blinds, you can have a system in place that will better allow you to regulate the internal temperature of your home. For example, if your nest thermostat detects that the temperature is rising, it can automatically close your blinds to stop incoming hot air and have your air conditioning operate to get the home back to a comfortable temperature. Smart thermostats can do that and when combined with smart blinds, you attain tip-top energy efficiency.

Keeping You Safe

Safety is something that everyone should be striving for. You want to rest soundly at night knowing that you, your loved ones, and your property are safe and secure. You also want to be assured that your home and belongings are safe even when you are away from them. Smart door locks, video doorbells, and smart security cameras can do those things for you.

Modern technology allowing you to be at ease with these things is a luxury that has not been afforded to many until recently. Although it can mean an upfront investment, having smart security in place will allow you to not have to worry about the security of what you care about. Is it not worth investing all the money in the world to know that your family is safe? If that is something that concerns you, then smart security is the way to go.

Spectacular Comfort

Although many smart devices are just upgraded versions of older technologies like light bulbs and vacuum cleaners, the upgrade is what is providing you so much added comfort and convenience. Instead of fumbling about in the dark trying to find a light switch, you can just say aloud “turn on the bathroom lights” and the smart lighting will do so. Instead of having to sweep or vacuum every day, the robot vacuum can perform this task for you. The extra time given back to you allows you to do just about anything you wish.

The extra time on your hands allows you to pursue any endeavour, whether it be relaxation, leisurely activities, or something productive like a side hustle. The convenience and comfort afforded to you by your smart home allow you to do this and not feel guilty that something is not being done because the technology is performing the daily tasks for you.

Continuous Growth

Smart home technology is still growing, it is still something that not every person has in their home or has even heard of. The technology still hasn’t been perfected, in fact, it may never be, as problems always continually arise. However, with new problems comes new ways to resolve them. Like computers before them, smart home technology will grow exponentially, eventually reaching a status like computers: everywhere.

Those who have jumped onto the ship early, they know the benefits that have come with the technology. If you are still hesitant to come aboard, ask yourself this question: do I want my life to become easier and more convenient? If the answer is yes, then you already have one fit in the door. If you are to take the full plunge, then hop on in and start exploring the latest smart home technology today.

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