What's it like to live in a SMART HOME?
Updated: Nov 27, 2019
Smart homes are no longer something of the future. Smart Home devices are here and they are becoming more popular than ever. The current technology allows us to convert homes more and smarter. Home automation is being simplified and cheaper so everything related to the smart home can be managed from just one mobile app and for all types of homes. More features are offered for less money, more variety of products that, thanks to technological evolution, are easier to use, install and more flexible to adapt to the needs of each user. In short, the offer is better and higher quality, and its use is now more intuitive and perfectly manageable by any user.
Using the latest technology, smart home devices can communicate with each other through hubs and can be remotely controlled to perform specific tasks. They offer owner safety, energy efficiency, comfort, and convenience. At home, security cameras, light bulbs, speakers, thermostats, locks and more can become smart home appliances.
The main reason for users to install home automation technology in their homes is security (44%), but there is much more behind a smart home. Automate the house with 36% of users, control devices and devices remotely (26%), save on electricity consumption (22%) and entertainment (15%) * Data from CEDOM (Spanish association of residential and home automation)
Save energy costs and contribute to ecosystem conservation
A smart home allows you to reduce your spending on electricity, water, and gas and, consequently, has a smaller impact on the ecosystem. Let's see some examples below:
It is possible to automatically control the activation and deactivation of the external lights of a house, depending on the sunlight.
The intensity of the lighting can be adapted depending on the sunlight or the presence or not of people and their number in a certain space.
You can automatically turn off the lights when we leave.
Awnings and blinds can be opened or closed depending on the light that falls on the windows. This allows you to make the most of the sunlight.
The heating can be regulated depending on the outside temperature, the time of day, the presence of people or the area of the house. Residential automation also allows you to detect if there is any door or window open when the heater is turned on.
Certain devices can be programmed to operate at times when the energy price is lower.
The supply of gas or water may be automatically interrupted if a leak is detected.
You feel safer
There are countless ways in which a smart home can keep you safe, plus monitor and monitor your home remotely with no monthly costs.
You may have motion sensors to detect movement after a certain time, such as at night or during work.
You can have 'detectors' on the windows and doors to see if someone has been opened or destroyed without you noticing.
If motion detectors are notified, you can send a notification to your smartphone and / or turn on the lights to make it appear that someone is awake and chase away the potential thief.
Many smart homes have CCTV cameras installed that allow you to look through any camera using a smart device or a wall terminal. You can configure screen sections to detect movement, so that a pet or a tree in the wind does not trigger the alarm.
Encrypted electronic keys to open the doors through the Smartphone, without the need for physical keys.
If you install "smart" fire alarms, you may be notified of possible fires, whether at home or at work. If you know it is a false alarm, you can turn off the alarm by pressing a screen.
You feel more comfortable
Automation is the most convenient part of a smart home, every part of the house can be managed just by touching a screen. Whether it's your smartphone, tablet or wall-mounted terminal.
Being able to turn off the lights, lower the blinds or not have to get up to check if you left an open door gives you the possibility to enjoy the tranquility of your home much more intensely.
If you have smart outlets, you can turn off all electronic devices in the house in a few seconds.
You can even program devices together, for example, when you turn on the TV, the lights turn off automatically. In the morning, you can adjust the heating, lights, and music for everyone to call when you get up without having to do anything.
Helps you in case of disability
Smart homes are becoming a great help for people with variable disabilities.
People who can not see can have a voice-activated interface to control music, doors, heating, anything that can be connected to electricity.
People with degenerative muscle ailments or disabilities may have difficulty reaching for light switches, blinds or fire alarms, but now they can control these devices from a phone or tablet.
You can set up automatic doors with wheelchair sensors, without having to manually open the doors
For families who have an elderly limb or perhaps someone with Alzheimer's, sensors can be installed at home to help control them when they can not be present in person.
You can create notifications if the entrance door opens at night, connect sensors to the keys to see if you are wandering from where you can expect or flood alerts in toilets/bathrooms.
The "Panic" buttons can also be easily installed if there is an accident in the house and families or employees in a nursing home can be notified immediately, rather than the individual having to try to get help.
The concept and benefits of a smart home are improving over time thanks to technological advancements. The house is not only our refuge, but it becomes our ally to help us daily, taking care of worries and improving our quality of life.