Now that the world is in the palm of our hand through smartphones and computer tablets, it is easier than ever to use this technology to control what goes on in and around our homes when you have a Smart Home.
You can see who’s at the door, check whether you’ve left the oven on, or lower the thermostat before you arrive home. It may seem like the space age has arrived in your own house and you may wonder, “How does a smart home work?”
Let’s see if we can help explain it.
In the simplest terms, modern technology has created devices that can “talk” to each other through a central cabling hub installed into your home. Smart appliances connect to smartphones and other handheld devices so homeowners can control, monitor and regulate many of their home’s systems remotely.
Whereas this smart home technology may once have been only available to the rich and famous, it is now widely available – and quite affordable – for the average, everyday homeowner. You can connect your entire home with wiring installed during construction or renovation, or easily add on one device at a time as you desire.
How Does a Smart Home Work?
Smart homes offer homeowners the ability to control, monitor and regulate:
Homeowners may already be familiar with home automation, for example, with programmable coffeepots, alarm and sprinkler systems that are manually set. How a smart home works is through remote programming and monitoring, and connections among all devices through a common hub.
Most commonly, your smart home devices are connected and controlled via an Internet-based subscription service. You simply pull up the system to change settings, monitor usage and review energy savings and usage reports. With many subscription services, you pay only for the services you use.
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What are the Benefits of a Smart Home?
A smart home security system including remote-access cameras, alarms and smart locks adds peace of mind and convenience. You can see who is delivering a package, unlock the door to allow your school-age child to enter, or activate an alarm from your smartphone. If you’ve left a door or window open, the system can alert you.
Many homeowners begin with a smart thermostat they can control and regulate remotely for energy savings. Lighting control is another way to ensure energy efficiency and safety in a smart home. You no longer have to arrive home to a dark house or can program the smart home to turn off lights or entertainment system when nobody is in the room.
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How Big is the Smart Home Industry?
According to Statista in its smart home report, growth is huge! The worldwide revenue of $35.2 billion dollars spent in 2017 is expected to increase to $119.1 billion by 2022.