The smart home is the stuff of 60s Sci-Fi. Those of us who are old enough to remember watching the first run of The Jetsons can think back on that show and wonder at how amazing it was. The push of a button got anything done from styling your hair to cooking your dinner! I mean, sometimes it did your hair into a silly bouffant when you were about to go into a business meeting, but it was still amazing. Now, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), that sort of home automation is within reach.
What Is A Smart Home?
A smart home is like a smartphone or a smart TV: it’s a system of automation that makes using appliances easier. But the difference between a smartphone and a smart home is that a smart home can connect to everything. Lights, appliances, climate control, whatever you can think of; if it can access a wireless connection, a smart home can control it. It really is a Jetson’s style home. Thanks to developing voice recognition technology, you don’t even need to push a button! Just tell your control system what you want and it will happen. With smartphone integration, you can even tell your smart home to do something without even being there, so it’ll be done when you get back.
What Works Best In A Smart Home?
But what are the best things to set up for a smart home, you ask? It’s a good question. You don’t have to be a millionaire with piles of cash to start converting your home into an automated one. You’ll want to start with the best things first. Here are the five most popular automations to start with for a smart home according to the home automation expert in Cache Valley, Rapture Audio.
1. Climate Control
Although global climate control is still theoretical, home climate control has been around since we started using fire to warm up the cave. We’ve become a bit more sophisticated in the thousands of years since then. Now we have air conditioning and heaters that can detect the temperature and respond accordingly. These devices can be connected to the IoT to integrate with smart home technology. Just imagine, it’s a cold day and you’re about to head home from work. Connect to your smart home with your phone and find how warm your house is and tell the house to start the heater. When you get home, it’s nice and cozy. No waiting!
People can’t see in the dark, so we’ve developed methods of lighting our living areas up. Don’t you just hate getting up in the dark and tripping over stuff on the way to the light switch? It’s no fun to fumble for the light switch when you’re in a hurry. With smart home technology, you can integrate your lights with your hub and control them from anywhere in the room. Voice activated lighting means no more stumbling and fumbling in the dark. With new lines of specialized light bulbs, you can even get lights that let you control the intensity and color of the light when you turn it on. You’ll never have to worry about bright light spilling out and waking others in the house with you. Adjusting color can help you get better sleep by changing the colors of the lights in the house at certain times to something that encourages your brain to settle down. Get a good night’s sleep and don’t worry about breaking your neck in the dark if you have to wake up for any reason!
3. Smart Appliances
Did you forget to turn the oven off? Would you like to never worry about that question ever again? Appliance automation makes that possible. Smart appliances with built in temperature and smoke detectors, combined with internal timers can monitor your oven for you. If you forget to turn it off, or you lose track of time and that roast starts to burn, a smart oven can turn itself off to keep from starting a fire. And if you’ve sat down to eat and suddenly realize you’ve left it on, just whip out your phone or give the appropriate voice command and the oven will turn off instantly. Think of all the fire dangers you can avoid that way!
4. Home Security
If you’re worried about home security, a smart home can do amazing things for your peace of mind. Many security systems can be integrated with smart home technology to give you instant access and complete control over your home security, no matter where you are. Use your phone to activate or deactivate your security system for you. While it’s active, check up on it at any time to see what’s going on. If someone attempts to break in, get instant alerts and have your system call the police without needing to lift a finger. Your home will be the safest it can get.
Gardening is a great pastime. It relieves stress and it makes your house look good. It’s not easy, though. Knowing how much to water and when to do it can mean the difference between a healthy garden, or one drowned or dried out. Improper watering will not only hurt your garden, but it can be a huge drain on your finances when the water bills come. With the right tools, you can integrate your watering system with your smart home to get perfect control. Soil moisture sensors can figure out exactly how much water is in the soil and adjust your watering schedule to match. Never feel embarrassed about your sprinklers coming on in the rain again!
These are just some of the basics you might want to get for smart home automation, but they are far from the only ones. If you can imagine it, there’s probably a device out there for it. From the extremely useful (like we’ve mentioned here), to the extremely convenient (like robot lawn mowers, or smart TV integration), to the patently absurd (like smart hair brushes that monitor how fast you brush your hair; yes, that’s a thing). The range of smart devices you can integrate with your smart home tech is patently absurd. While you don’t need everything integrated, just about anything can be.
Bonus Tip – Finding Help
According to Ren at Rapture Audio, some people find these technologies easy to install. For those who don’t have the time to spend a few weekends figuring it out, it pays to get help. A lot of systems can be set up within a few hours by the experts. So don’t hesitate to call one if you feel stuck or just prefer to save time.