More and more people in the UK are adding some level of smart automation to their homes. Incorporating smart technology into your house will enhance the time you spend at home, reduce the stress associated with not being around and cut running costs through efficient power management.
Imagine your smart-tech life. Your smart alarm clock goes off half an hour earlier than usual. Your sleep cycle was comfortable; hence your sleep tracking bracelet decided to wake you up early. Your smart display checks your schedule and reminds you of the official presentation you need to work on. As soon as you head to the kitchen, your coffee maker already brewed your favourite cuppa. Each room is adequately lit as per your preferred brightness, depending on the time of the day. Your smart shower sprays water set at your preferred temperature, so you don’t need to tweak with the shower taps. Your smart washer dryer has already ironed your office apparel. As soon as you stand up from your breakfast table, your electric vehicle is fully charged and air-conditioned to a comfortable temperature
A smart home is an innovative, more livable residential space with intelligent appliances and interconnected devices. For some homeowners, turning a house into a smart home can be as simple as buying a connected speaker. For others, it can involve a smart home system to program your sprinklers, set and monitor your home security system and cameras, or control appliances like your refrigerator or air conditioning and heating.
- Convenience – Smart houses are unquestionably more practical than traditional dwellings. Whether it’s turning up the temperature before you get home in the evenings or syncing media devices in different areas, you can automate all commands to your liking.
- Energy savings – Smart homes help you save energy in two ways. To begin, you may configure temperature and lighting controls based on your preferences. Smart appliances may also avoid consuming energy during high-demand periods.
- Safety – You can remotely monitor advanced wireless smart home security systems and home surveillance systems with a range of cameras, motion sensors, and other advanced features.
- Accessibility – Smart homes can come equipped with accessibility features such as voice-command systems to lock outside doors, control lights, and even run a computer. This versatility makes them a desirable option for disabled or elderly persons.
- Increased home value – A home with smart features is more likely to sell for a greater price.
- Insurance incentives – A st home will always carry the lowest insurance premiums.
As smart technology becomes more integrated into homes, smart homeowners will be able to clearly see just how much energy they’re using throughout the day. By being aware of their energy usage patterns, homeowners can adjust their energy usage.
Smart home devices like thermostats and appliances are highly efficient because they can automatically adjust to changing energy needs. Plus, they can detect inefficiencies so electricity, water and gas waste can be minimized. Your energy consumption can be reduced exponentially when smart devices run your home.
Smart thermostats and temperature sensors can adjust to energy needs on the fly. There is less need for heating and cooling when no one is at home. You can program smart thermostats and control them remotely with your smartphone. Set your thermostat to keep your furnace off when you’re away but warm the house just before you arrive. These smart settings can help you save on your heating bill.
Smart Light Bulbs
If you accidentally leave your lights on, you can turn them off remotely. You can also adjust the brightness of a smart bulb, saving you electricity by dimming them when a bright light isn’t required.
If you don’t have a smart home platform yet, you can start small by using smart plugs. These smart devices plug into your electrical outlets and are used to manage the energy consumption of whatever you plug into them. Their apps let you program times of use, remotely turn on and off power and even view your total energy consumption.
Smart appliances like washing machines, refrigerators and coffee makers are changing the way we interact with our kitchen gadgets — they talk to us. If you leave your refrigerator door open, you get a notice on your phone. If your smart washing machine needs repair, it can email you about the problem. Getting repairs done quickly can prevent you from incurring the cost of completely replacing your appliances. For people who pay different electrical rates for peak times, your dryer can even let you know when you’ll be charged the least amount for drying your clothes.
Smart Home Security Systems
Smart home security systems will communicate with your phone when there’s an intruder, and even lets you view a live stream of your property. These features keep you safe, but they can also cut costs. False alarms are a common problem with home security systems, and they can get to be costly
Smart Garage Door Opener
Smart door openers integrate with smartphone apps and can tell you when the door is currently open or closed and lets you close and open the door remotely. These smart models are generally more cost-efficient to operate and some are equipped with battery backups in case of power failure. Being warned that your garage door is open helps prevent intrusions and keeps your house from losing its heating and cooling efficiency due to a wide-open garage door.
There are plenty of ways to get smart home energy savings with web-connected devices like these.
You can upgrade your entire home or specific areas with the help of smart technologies the enable you to have full control throughout your home via a mobile app installed on your phone or tablet and an in-wall touchscreen device. Your smart home is closer to becoming a reality than you might think.