What is a smart home?

A smart home is a home that provides some combination of comfort, energy efficiency, security, lighting, etc., aided by technology that allows these systems to be automated, integrated, and available for remote control. Some examples of smart home functions may be turning on your outdoor lights automatically at night, being sent notifications when a visitor is at your door, and automating the house temperature to the right level when you’re home.

When a lot of people first get into smart homes, they focus on the remote control and remote monitoring. They want to control and monitor the temperature of their home when they are on vacation.
Voice assistants like Alexa allow them to turn lights on and off and play music with simple commands. An app or two on their phone allows them to see who is at the door and remotely unlock it. A remote control is great, but it is really just another way to accomplish mundane tasks that you already do in a different way and from different locations. Automation is what really makes a home smart. Instead of having to remember when to turn lights on, or to arm the alarm, or to make sure the doors are locked, you create automation that do all of this for you at the right times or under the right circumstances.

Why Would You Want a Smart Home?

It can take a lot of time to build a smart home. You should have some good reasons for putting in all the work (which could be useful in justifying time and costs to your significant other). Fortunately, there are a lot of good reasons to build a smart home. I’m going to detail a few of them for you.

  • Enhance and Enrich Your Life

A smart home should make your life easier by handling many of the mundane things you don’t feel like doing or forget to do.

  • Safety and Security

Security is one of the best reasons to build a smart home. You can use security cameras to monitor the inside and outside of your home.  Lighting is another great tool for securing your home. You can use smart lights outside, which automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off at sunrise.

  • Save Money

Recouping the costs to build a smart home may quite possibly take years. Cost savings may not be the primary factor in building a smart home, but a        smart home can help you save money.
  • It Can Increase Your Home Resale Value
A 2015 survey by Better Homes and Gardens found that 64 percent of the millennials they surveyed were interested in having smart technology in their homes.1 This generation represents the largest share of potential home buyers, and thus their desires will shape the market. A 2018 survey of potential buyers by Coldwell Banker found that 77 percent of those surveyed wanted smart thermostat pre-installed, 75 percent would want a smart firdetector pre-installed, and 63 percent would want a smart lighting system pre-installed.
  • Fun and Leisure
Building a smart home can be fun for those of us who lean towards the geeky side. We’ve learned a ton of technologies while building and improving clients smart home.
  • Cool Factor
Sometimes you just want to show off to your friends and guests. Few things are cooler to show off than automated lights or being able to give voice commands to do common chores. A smart home can easily impress people!
  • Voice Assistants
Voice assistants add a lot to a regular home. Having your calendar, the weather, and traffic at your fingertips is great.  They also allow you to play games and listen to music. They function as intercoms and try to answer whatever you are curious about.

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