We are living in a time of connectivity and automation. As more and smarter devices are getting invented, mobile devices in our hands are getting powerful. Smart homes are the new trend. If you still have not converted your home to Smart Home, then this article is for you.
You can control home automation by your mobile, or you can use voice controller devices. There are 3 top leaders in voice-controlled Smart Home automation – Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s Siri, which can connect to almost all smart devices. All-new intelligent devices are coming inbuilt support for these. Many home automation tasks can happen using a mobile, so you do not need to buy a voice controller. These voice-controller devices are helpful for aged people and physically challenged persons.
Benefits of converting your home into a smart home
There are tons of advantages of transforming your home into a Smart Home.
Monitor Your Home Remotely
Install smart devices in your home, and you can control them from anywhere with the help of the internet and mobile. You can watch your home’s security camera footage or lock your garage from anywhere. It gives you convenience and better control.
Efficient Resource Usage
Smart devices can minimize the usage of electricity by automatic ON/OFF or Timer features.
Smart water sprinklers can reduce the amount of water usage in your garden. You can also customize the water requirement based on plants or a particular area. This smart sprinkler even can be customized to work based on weather conditions means if it’s raining, then sprinkler will not turn on.
Security and Safety
These are the most important benefits for anyone to keep his family members and home safe.
You can quickly secure your home using things like wireless security cameras, motion sensors, alarm systems, Wi-Fi enabled door locks and doorbells with video capabilities.
For safety, you can have various devices like water leakage sensor, fire sensor, carbon mono oxide sensor. This sensor can alarm you in critical situations and send a notification. Based on these alarms or information, you can also schedule a mitigation plan.
Saving Time and Money
It saves you time and money. It also gives peace of mind, which comes by knowing that most of your home needs are taken care of by electronic communication between devices.
Different aspects of a smart home
There are four aspects of a smart home –
Safety: You can keep your family and home safe with smart home technology. Dangers such as fires, water leaks, and carbon monoxide leaks can easily be detected and prevented.
Security: Home Security concerns are getting handled by smart security cameras, door locks, alarms, and other intelligent devices. These devices help you to monitor your home remotely or get alert in case of any breach.
Efficiency: Smart devices help you to take control of your resource usage like electricity, water, etc. usage. It enables you to run your home efficiently at all times. Additionally, it helps you save money on your bills. It also protects the planet by reducing wastage.
Convenience: Controlling your home is more comfortable with the touch of a button or a simple voice command. For example, with a smart sprinkler, you can water your plants when you are away for holidays. Home automation takes care of the simple tasks so you can focus on what matters.
Note: In this article, we will focus on convenience and efficiency aspect of a smart home.
Smart Devices which converts your Non-Smart appliances into Smart
Let’s look at some of these intelligent devices –
Smart indoor/Outdoor outlet
It is a replacement of existing electric outlets. You can add your lights or appliances into this outlet and can handle it from the mobile app.
Smart indoor/Outdoor outlet Timer
It is an enhanced version of a Smart outlet which gives you scheduling feature from the mobile app. You can select on and off times for days or groups of days. It is handy to switch-off the exterior lights at a particular time instead of waste electricity by leaving them overnight. It is also helpful to turn on and off the bulbs of your house when you are away, which gives your home an occupied appearance.
Smart On/OFF Switch
It is the replacement of the existing electric switch. It can turn on and off any appliance like light, fan, etc. There is a specific smart light switch, which can also help in changing the intensity.
Smart Plugs (Plug-In Modules)
It can plug into existing electrical outlets. Your appliance plug can fit into it. No need to change anything. It is easily pluggable.
Smart Light Bulbs
A smart bulb can come with a variety of features like changing color and dimmable. It helps use different lighting in various parts of your home or office. These LED bulbs generally have a useful lifespan. You can use these bulbs if you are starting with the smart home concept and do not want to spend much. If you have a lot more lights to handle, then go with smart switches.
Smart Wi-Fi Socket for Light Bulb
This socket can is useful for screwing any ordinary standard size bulb into it. You can control its power and brightness from anywhere.
You do not need to fit the thermostat in each room of your home. There are some intelligent thermostats available get mounted in one place and can be paired up with sensors to manages hot and cold spots of your home, delivering comfort to rooms that matter most. These can pair to multiple room Sensors. You can place sensors in areas like your bedrooms, living room, home office, etc. These smart thermostats also help in reducing the electricity bill.
Briefly, we understood what home automation could bring to us and various aspects of it. We looked at how we can operate our existing appliances like a smart one. Home automation is a vast topic, and there are so many cool things that can be done based on your desires and needs. We will cover a few more topics, including Safety and Security aspects in the next articles.