How does a smart home work?
Smart home automation is the latest in home technology. Not only do these systems offer complete comfort and convenience, they also provide a means to save energy and provide complete security for your home.
So, how does a smart home work? And what are the benefits? Read on to find out, and what different options are available.
What is a Smart Home?
We all know the feeling of doubt that creeps in when we second guess if we’ve locked the front door, turned off the lights, or switched off the heating. Smart home automation will put your mind at ease by letting you know (through your smartphone), what’s locked, switched off, and so much more.
There are a range of common smart home features that our experts at ADS Digital can fit.
By connecting your heating to the internet, you have the control to switch your heating on and off, whether you’re at home or not.
Using WiFi, you can customise your lighting settings, schedule them to come on and off, and deter intruders by switching the lights on when you’re not home.
Smart locks and security cameras
Smart locks can replace traditional mechanical locks on doors and can be unlocked or locked using a smartphone app, tablet, voice commands, or a key fob. As well as locks, other smart home security features can include: CCTV, motion sensors, and door/window sensors. These devices can be used to monitor activity around the home and alert homeowners to potential security breaches.
Home entertainment systems
Including TVs, projectors and smart speakers, a smart home entertainment system can create the ultimate immersive media experience within your own home. Surround sound systems, integrated with a smart home, are best used in home cinemas.
Smart Home set up
Smart homes typically have a central hub or controller that connects and communicates with all the devices and systems in the home.
For example, Control4 Automation allows you to control all of the above (and more) from your tablet or smartphone.
With Control4, you can create the perfect conditions for your home. In the evening, you can set a “Goodnight” scene, where all the lights will turn off and the doors will automatically be locked. In this scene, you can also have your heating set to an optimum sleeping temperature.
With programmed schedules, the system can automatically adjust features in your home at specific times of day.
These devices can be controlled individually, or as part of larger “scenes” or schedules, giving you complete control over your home's features.
Smart Home Benefits
As well as the previously mentioned advantages, other smart home benefits include:
Efficiency: Smart home energy saving can help you save on your gas and electricity bills.
Comfort: This automation can enhance your overall comfort by allowing you to create personalised settings for different aspects of your home.
Accessibility: Smart home technology can also make your home more accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility. Voice assistance is one way that makes smart homes accessible by allowing users to control various features of the home with their voice, without needing to physically use different devices.
How to choose the best Smart Home Technology for your home
Choosing the best smart home automation for your home can feel like a daunting task. There are a few things that you need to consider before getting a smart home installed.
Firstly, consider your needs. What automation do you think will benefit your life the most? Are you looking to make your home more secure? Or, perhaps you’re wanting your home to be more energy efficient?
You may want the complete Smart Home automation system, but you can also just choose elements of it to suit your needs.
This leads on to cost considerations. Depending on what you’re looking for, smart homes can vary a lot in cost, so budget is important when you’re considering this type of home automation.
Enquire about your dream smart home
Smart Homes offer a comprehensive and customizable solution for home automation, allowing you to create a personalised and intelligent living environment.
If you’d like to find out more about how ADS Digital can create your dream smart home, please contact us today.