In recent years, smart technology has slowly advanced to include upgrades for our homes. Now, we can upgrade with smart products, such as appliances, lights, door locks, etc. that can be either programmed and/or controlled remotely via smartphones or voice recognition gadgets like Amazon’s Alexa. As a result, smart technology can now bring you and your family safety, savings, and convenience.
Safety and Security
When it comes to your family, safety and security should be a top priority. Automated home systems can provide you with many safety features that will give you peace of mind while keeping your loved ones safe and sound. For instance, smart doorbells can sense when someone is approaching your door and will activate a camera so that you can monitor on your smartphone. These doorbells also have two-way audio communication where you can communicate with the people at your door. You can also use smart lighting to make your home more secure by using LED lights controlled via WiFi which can be turned on and off using your cellphone. If it’s late at night and you won’t be home for a while, you can deter burglars by switching on your lights with a few taps on your smartphone.
Smart cameras and locks also provide you with security. There are outdoor and indoor camera options, all of which can connect to your smartphone remotely. Typically available camera features include motion detection and audio recording, both of which can be saved to an offsite location, such as the Cloud. Similarly, there are two options of smart locks to choose from. The first uses a keypad or touchscreen and a code to open your door. The second uses an app on your smartphone to communicate with the lock. These locks may also include traditional keyholes as well.
Another safety benefit of smart technology comes in the form of smart thermostats and smoke detectors. If the temperature in your home suddenly becomes abnormally high, the thermostat will alert you via your smartphone, potentially warning you of a fire in your home. Similarly, a smart smoke detector will notify you if there are any hazards or emergencies when you’re not home.
Energy Efficiency and Savings
The installation of a smart thermostat can save you money on HVAC operating costs by a few hundred dollars a year. Using a smart thermostat, you have the option to set a schedule or to operate your HVAC system remotely. This means you won’t need to keep the system running while you are at work in order to come home to a comfortable temperature. Utilizing remotely controlled LED lighting in a similar manner also consumes very little energy.
As you are able to control all smart devices remotely with an app on your smartphone, smart technology also brings convenience to your home. While at home, there are also remote controls, control panels, and voice recognition devices available to help you further control your smart devices.
Consider upgrading your home to smart technology to reap the benefits of security, savings, and convenience for you and your loved ones.