As a homeowner, you want your house to be safe, efficient, and attractive. One of the best ways to make your home operate well is by integrating “smart” home technologies. Several companies are developing products to help automate your home. Here are some types of smart home features you might choose to integrate into your living spaces.
What are Smart Home Features?
A “smart” home is one that has systems and components that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. Components of the home are connected to the internet and can be adjusted, powered on and off, and/or monitored with a smart device. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common smart home options.
You can use smart features in many aspects of your day-to-day life, including lighting your home. Lights are available that can be controlled, programmed, and automated according to your schedule. Smart fixtures are available as are smart bulbs that can be used in any light fixture. Many of these bulbs allow you to adjust the color and tone of the light in your living spaces and you can set schedules and timers to turn the lights on and off automatically.
Smart Entertainment Devices
For home entertainment, you’ll find an assortment of devices that make using the television or listening to the news easier. Smart speakers are available that will play music or search the internet with voice commands. You can also purchase smart televisions that can be operated with a smartphone. Many homes use a central hub to connect and control all the devices. Apps can also be used to manage devices via a computer or phone.
Some Home Appliances Have Smart Features
Smart appliances like ovens, microwaves, air fryers, and even outdoor grills can be controlled via your smart speaker or an app on your phone. You can control them from anywhere in the house, but it isn’t recommended to use cooking appliances when you aren’t home.
Programmable Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat provides complete automation for your heating and cooling system. Program the thermostat to control the temperature based on when you’re at home or at work. You’ll be able to cool and heat your home more efficiently. Some smart thermostats can actually detect people in the home and adjust the indoor temperature accordingly.
Smart Home Features Include Window Blinds
Your windows can be enhanced using smart home features. In the summer, program your smart blinds to close during the heat of the day. You’ll keep the inside of your home cooler. As a bonus, you’ll save money on the energy bill because it will take less electricity to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home. During cooler weather, open the blinds during the day. Even if you’re out of the house, you can open the blinds using your smartphone.
Smart Home Surveillance Cameras
Installing smart home surveillance cameras is one way to enhance home security. Some of these cameras are equipped with facial recognition software, two-way communication intercoms, and night vision to better see what’s going on around your property. Smart cameras can be monitored via your computer or mobile device.
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