By Shelby Todd
Technological advancement in home design has made “smart homes” the new normal. For anyone buying a newly constructed home, smart home technologies are often built into the home. But, if you are looking to upgrade your current home to be equipped with the latest technology, you may want to know more about what it means to be a “smart home” and what options are out there to fit into the smart home trend.
First and foremost, a “smart home” is just an umbrella term for a home that has integrated any types of smart technologies. While countless smart devices are available to be integrated into your home, you get to pick and choose which ones fit your specific needs. Because you can buy smart home devices individually, every home’s “smart” capabilities will differ.
Home automation is a main function of having a smart home. What this means is that you are automating the ability to control items around the house from your phone or through a voice activated command. Most smart devices are “smart” because they have the ability to be incorporated into a home automation system.
To start, the basics of your smart home revolve around your smartphone or a control panel you install. Most smart home technology is connected to your phone to use as a remote control. This provides a convenient way for the user to control all of their smart gadgets from one place with just the push of a button. If you want to take your smart home experience to another level, you can also purchase a smart assistant, whether that is a Google Home, an Amazon Echo, or another brand. With a smart assistant, you can connect your smart home devices, such as smart lights, blinds, or your air conditioning, to be controlled through voice commands. This allows for yet another way to easily control many functions in your home.
When it comes to how in depth you want to go with your smart home set up, the range is quite wide. Some options, like purchasing smart light outlets or buying a Nest system are simple to set up and relatively inexpensive. However, if you are looking to fully integrate automation in your home with automatic blinds, smart air conditioning units, or sprinkler systems, it will take more money, and effort to install.
The range of smart home technologies that exist is vast, but there is a smart home device to suit almost any need. Whether you are looking for home security, smart cooking ovens, air conditioning units, or more, there is a device for you. And if the idea of integrating these products or home automation into your home is overwhelming, there are now companies that specialize in setting up your home with all the smart technology you desire.