What Is A Smart Home?

You may have seen the television adverts about smart homes and wondered what they are and how you can make your home smart. Well, a smart home contains advanced technology that gives you, the homeowner greater control over all of the building’s functions. For example, you’ll be able to control the lighting, temperature and security both remotely and while you’re at home. Read on to learn more about smart homes.

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It’s All About Intelligence…

Having the ability to monitor certain functions within your home means you’ll be provided with ‘intelligent’ feedback, making your day-to-day life easier. Technology has advanced so much in recent years that it’s now able to help us with a myriad of daily tasks, saving time and reducing stress in what is an otherwise extremely fast-paced life.

So what sort of intelligence can you expect? If your home contains a smart refrigerator for example, you may have access to information regarding its contents, as well as suggested menus based on what’s in your fridge. If you eat a lot of fatty or sugary foods, your refrigerator may also be able to suggest healthier alternatives as well as order replacements if you run out of something key.

New Homes Are Smart

If you’re intending to buy a new build, you may be pleased to know that many of these homes already contain in-built smart features – allowing you to take advantage of this new technology from the moment you move in. Such features may include smart heating, lighting, and door locking.

Retro Fitting Is A Great Alternative

Of course, we don’t all own a new build – so what about those homeowners who own an older property and want to bring it in line with new technology? It is possible for smart home technologies to be retro fitted however in order to do so, it may require the re-routing of wires and sensors will need to be placed in relevant areas within your home. It is worth noting that it is more expensive to retro fit a property with smart home technology due to the updates mentioned.

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What Smart Home Technology Is Available?

So you’ve decided a smart home is for you – and we don’t blame you – but what sort of technology is available for you to use? Here are the main uses:

  • Automatic door locking

With automatic door locking, you never have to worry about forgetting to secure your home again. Whether you’re settling down for the evening in your home or rushing out of the door to begin your daily commute, this technology will ensure your home is locked, preventing the risk of burglary.

  • Automated lights

Having the ability to control your home’s lighting is another great benefit of smart home technology. Whether you’re arriving home later than usual or you’re going away on holiday, you can operate your home’s lighting remotely via a smartphone app – which means it can look like someone is at home even when you’re in a different country. Again, it’s a useful deterrent for burglars.

  • Automated heating

Forgetting to adjust the settings on your central heating before you leave the house for a period of time can mean you end up paying for it to be on even when you’re not at home. With automated heating controls, you can turn down the temperature or turn off the heating completely to help reduce your energy bills in the long term.

  • Daily reminders for elderly homeowners

Elderly homeowners can really benefit from smart home technology in their day-to-day life. From receiving notifications and alerts when it’s time to take medication to reminders about eating and automatic water turn off before the bath overflows, there are all kinds of technologies available which come at a lower cost than a full-time nursing home and allows the homeowner to remain living independently.

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