How to Make Your Home a Smart Home

How to Make Your Home a Smart Home

Monday, 27 January 2020 19:56

Are you intimidated by the idea of a “smart home”? You’re not alone! We all question: will it be too expensive? Will it be too complex? What technology do I need? How do I start? Am I going to turn into a Jetson - and where do I get my jetpack? Well… we have one word of advice: relax. A smart home is meant to make life easier and more convenient, not more confusing and frustrating. You can take some simple steps to make your home a smart home… on your terms.

 

Smart Homes Begin with Smart Planning

You don’t have to fully transform a traditional house into a smart home all at once. If you’re building from the ground up, yes, that may make the most sense. However, if you’re working from an existing house, it may be easier, and more budget-friendly, to take a stepped approach. 

Consider the different “zones” or systems in your home, and gradually make each smarter. Start with:

  • Temperature. A smart thermostat enables you to control your home’s climate through any internet-connected device. Not only does this increase your comfort, it can help facilitate significant energy savings.
  • Lighting. Smart lights and light bulbs provide an easy way to manage your lighting at home and remotely. It can be as simple as turning your lights on while you’re on your way home so you’re greeted with a warm glow instead of darkness. Other solutions allow you to alter the “temperature” of the light to accommodate for different times of day (stronger in the morning, lower at night, etc.), create “themes” that reflect your moods, and set more natural timers when you’re away. Again, you can save energy with increased control.
  • Sound and Entertainment. Sound and entertainment, too, can be very simple. Google Home, for example, allows you to listen to music, access a weather forecast, conduct internet searches, and complete other tasks using just your voice. More complex applications let you enjoy shows and movies seamlessly and create a complete home theater.
  • Cleaning. Smart cleaning is … so smart! Who doesn’t want to let technology do the work? From robotic vacuums and trash cans with a suction function to clear away any debris nearby to dishwashers you can control anywhere, anytime, and refrigerators that make your grocery list for you, you can make quick work of housework.
  • Safety and Security. These are areas that truly benefit from smart technology. You can perform a number of safety- and security-related tasks through mobile devices. Have a smart lock? You can give the babysitter a dedicated code that works from the hours of 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM until you get home from work. You can give visitors a code to get in while you’re gone. No longer needed? Deactivate it. It saves you from giving out keys - and worrying about them getting lost or misplaced. 

You can also install cameras that keep an eye on your exterior and your interior. Set “zones” that alert you when kids or elderly parents enter (e.g. the backyard, pool, etc.). See who’s knocking at the door or ringing the bell - on your phone. Smart smoke/CO2 detectors immediately alert emergency responders to keep you and your property safe. There are so many security applications available, and Integrity Security is happy to walk you through options that make the most sense for your needs.

Making your home a smart home is manageable… take it step by step, and start with the applications that are most important to you. Safety and security are top priorities, and Integrity Security is here to help you integrate the latest - most effective - technology into your home. Contact us today.