February 6, 2020 | HFerris | Blog

What is a Smart Home?

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You may have heard of the term “smart home” being thrown about, but what exactly is meant by having a smart home? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a smart home as: “a home equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by Smartphone or computer.”

Smart homes are becoming ever increasingly popular due to rapidly advancing technologies; they aim to make our lives easier and our homes safer too!  Have you ever had those niggling worries that you may have left your heating on when you’re out and about? With smart home technology there is no need to worry and rush back home to save on your heating bills. Find out why you can leave these worries behind in our blog below.

 

What are the Benefits of a Smart Home?

Any appliance in your home that uses electricity can ultimately be a smart object and respond to your instructions whether that is by voice command, remote control, tablet or Smartphone! Smart thermostats and lighting are becoming more and more popular, what a luxury it is to turn the heating on and get the coffee machine running just before you get home to escape a breezy winters day!

Smart lighting is also great when it is just too much of a struggle to get off the sofa to turn the lights off when watching your favourite Netflix series but it is also a good security measure too. You can set your lights on automatic timers to make untrustworthy people believe you’re at home when in reality; you’re in the sunshine relaxing by the pool on holiday!

How does knowing exactly what is inside your fridge freezer when you’ve just run into your local supermarket sound? A smart fridge can tell you exactly that by using internal cameras that connect to your Smartphone so you never have to worry about buying more than you need or forgetting an essential item for your Sunday roast! Plus smart fridge freezers allow you to watch TV or listen to the radio; making cooking and cleaning the kitchen much more fun, you may even be able to rope the kids to get stuck in and help too!

 

How much does it cost?

Smart home technologies are vast and varied, therefore, so are the costs. It depends on what you want to do to upgrade your home; it could be a small upgrade to a smart light bulb or a whole home revamp that could mean rewiring the electrics too! We’ve seen smart light bulbs from as little as £12.99 but costs for a full revamp can easily reach £8000… unless you’re Bill Gates whom has spent an estimated $100 million upgrading his home to a smart home! His home includes hidden speakers behind the wallpaper in every room and a heated driveway, how the other half live comes to mind!

 

What Technologies are out there?

Google, Amazon and Samsung have all developed smart home technologies which is hardly surprising seeing as they are all top names in Smartphone development. They ultimately all provide the same thing by connecting your appliances around the home to operate at your command but they do all have their own unique selling point. If you are thinking of buying one it is worth doing a bit of research into each product to discover what will work best for your home and your needs.

Along with the main hub that connects all the devices, you need a voice operated mini hub or download one of the purpose built apps on your Smartphone, tablet or smart watch to be able to give your appliances commands.

All three brands offer a range of smart appliances too including; door bells, thermostats, smart locks, cameras, light bulbs, speakers and more!

 

Smart Home Security

As well as making your life a little easier, smart home technology can also make your home a little safer. Starting around the perimeter of your home, cameras and motion detectors are now able to pick up movement in pitch-black darkness and are even able to differentiate the movements between pets and burglars so that you aren’t notified every time a cat jumps into your garden.

Installing smart door locks is another great way of making your home just that little bit safer, from wireless locks to locks that have a built-in camera there is a wide variety of options out there! To see our favourites reviewed take a look at our recent blog “Yale Smart Locks Buying Guide”.

Interior cameras are also a great way to monitor what is going on inside your home when you’re not there, it could be something as simple as checking out what your dog has been up to during the day but it can also be a great tool should your home be broken into.

 

The Future of Smart Home Technology

Whether you love technology or hate it, there is no denying that smart home technology is becoming more of a common thing to have in and around your home. As well as aiming to make our lives easier during our usually busy schedules, it is changing the way we think about security. Take a look at our blog “The Future of Home Security” to find out what other technical advancements are being made to improve our home security alongside smart home technology! Keep up to date with the latest security news with our blog here at Keytek®.