Trends in homeownership change as much as they do in other areas of life. This is to be expected. The buzz work in homeownership today is smart homes.
People are increasingly looking for more than four walls put together. They want a house that has the various tech that epitomizes modern living.
Essentially, smart homes take home automation to the next level by allowing device interconnectivity and remote access and control.
Here, let’s explore the features of a smart home to understand the concept better.
1. Advanced Home Network
The term ‘’Internet of Things’’ is probably familiar to you. IoT describes the grouping of individual objects with embedded sensors, software, network, and other tech that allow the devices to connect and share data over the internet.
To maintain an efficient IoT, an automated home requires more than a powerful wireless router. You need a robust networking system complete with several internet access points distributed throughout the house.
The advanced home network becomes your smart home’s bloodline by integrating different automated system components, allowing them to work together.
2. Remote Access
The term remote access and smart home cannot be separated. In fact, when people speak of smart homes, they are often referring to the aspects of a house that can be controlled remotely.
You can make a lot of customizations that allows you to take certain actions within your home without you being physically there. These include seeing your home through video surveillance, manipulating the entertainment system, and even letting people in.
In essence, this gives you control while you are away and the peace of mind that comes with it.
3. Enhanced Security
We have had systems that alert house owners of fires and break-ins. Security systems in smart homes do way more than this.
Some of the customizable options include:
- Fire detection systems that tell you when and where in the house the fire is
- Smart doorbell cameras with two-way audio, motion sensing, and high-resolution video
- Smartphones that communicate with your smartphone, WIFI, and Bluetooth.
This is a snapshot of what you can integrate into your security systems.
4. Lighting and Window Treatments
Bundled up, window treatments and lighting allow you to control the ambiance of your home. This, without unsightly wall-mounted switches.
Lighting is network-based and can therefore be controlled centrally.
Some of the things you can achieve are lights coming on, dimming, or brightening at a preset schedule. Other options include motion sensor lighting, where lights come on when a person enters a specific room.
These are some of the smart tech available to homeowners today. Of course, with new inventions coming into the market every other day. It’s indeed exciting to see what the next big thing will be.