How smart is your home? Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, but this didn’t just start with the internet of things. Through the years, more and more technology has been used in a domestic setting to improve how things are done and increase the level of convenience. Take developments such as intercoms, electric garage doors, or any one of the latest gadgets and home appliances. Home automation and communication systems have come a long way, and now with the use of the internet, there are even more far-reaching applications for these types of systems.
Applying the Internet of Things to Your Home
A smart home is a home where a number of different electrical appliances are connected to and controlled by a computer control system. This centralization allows the homeowner to monitor and control what’s happening in their home remotely. This is the magic of the internet of things where devices and appliances no longer operate independently, but are connected over the internet for greater control and optimization.
One of the simplest and most straightforward examples of this is with your home’s heating system. You can set your thermostat so that it turns on and off to a certain temperature setting depending on how low or high the room temperature goes. The internet of things and the smart home work with sensors that measure different conditions such as temperature, light, and humidity.
The information collected from the different sensors can be used to trigger an alert or notification should the numbers get out of range. Some examples of this include a motion-sensitive alarm system or a smoke detector. The sensor’s readings can also trigger an automatic response as in the case of the home thermostat. Another popular example is with your home’s lighting. You can set your system so that the lights come on when it starts to get dark. You can also have dimming and mood-altering settings in place. This is a leap from having to manually switch your lights on and off every time and having to make the conscious decision about when the right time to do that is every single time.
The connectedness of various appliances to a central computer system (or to a phone app using the internet) allows data to be collected and the user to have access to these appliances even though they are not in the same room or location.
Benefits of Connectivity and the Possibilities
Some of the main benefits of the smart home have been touched on already. Connected devices allow greater control and monitoring. They allow you to pre-set different settings and automate how your appliances respond. A smart home allows you to save time and effort because your home, in essence, knows what you like. This can increase your comfort and add comfort and convenience.
Besides the most common examples of connectivity in the home that have already been covered, there are many new and exciting applications that can make your home safer and more efficient. Temperature and light sensors don’t just make your home more comfortable; they also help to monitor your energy usage and cut your energy costs. For the elderly and those who are sick, a connected home can help them manage with the demands of living alone or with limited care. For parents who travel a lot, it’s easier now to monitor your children’s safety and comfort at home when you are not there just by using your phone.
There’s no limit to what can be done with the increasingly connected home. Consider your kitchen; what could a smarter stove and fridge achieve for you? The future certainly looks bright for the smart home.