Smart Homes are the Future
By Space Coast Daily // October 6, 2019
You may have heard the term “Smart Home,” but if you don’t know quite what it means, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Simply put, a smart home is a home just like yours or mine but has appliances inside of it connected through a network that can be controlled remotely.
Some of the more common features of a smart home you might have seen come on to the market recently include doorbells with cameras meaning that even when you’re not at home, you can see who’s knocking at your door.
This can also prove invaluable should you find yourself the unfortunate victim of a burglary.
Other devices that are found in a typical smart home are voice assistants. The most popular ones which you might have already in your home include the Amazon Echo & Alexa and Google Home.
However, most of the appliances included in a smart home are connected as such to provide the ultimate in convenience to the end-user.
For example, if you have a Nest thermostat installed in your home, you can adjust the temperature of the heating directly from your phone. In the cold of winter, this means you can turn the heating on as you’re walking home so that it’s nice and warm upon your arrival.
Highly Relevant: Intelligent Kitchen Appliance
Moving into the kitchen, many fridges have now incorporated interfaces that users can engage with to decide, for example, how many cubes of ice they want to be dispensed, or to see the stock of what’s inside the fridge and when the last shop was done.
Even your RTA kitchen cabinets can involve smart home technology, and another appliance that is very popular amongst smart home owners is the kettle.
Waking up first thing if you’re in a rush or late for work, all the seconds can count, and that includes waiting for the kettle to boil. Whereas, if you remotely boil the kettle from your phone as you wake up, it’s there and ready to be poured as soon as you walk into the kitchen.
Smart homes aren’t the future solely because of how easy they make life, but they can also provide financial savings for homeowners. For example, for your electricity usage, you can monitor what’s being left on and what isn’t to lower your carbon footprint and reduce the amount you’re paying to your utility provider each month.
Smart Technology At Home
Going forward we can expect to see the number of people incorporating smart technology in the homes to do nothing but go up. More people than ever before are wanting things to be done quicker and easier than they have been, and people are now more financially savvy and are wanting to make savings wherever they can.
The only thing that might prevent a universal adoption of smart technology is privacy concerns that some people have with devices such as CCTV and the voice assistants which have been alleged to have been recording people’s conversations without permission.
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