The Lowdown on Smart Home Technology and Ways To Automate Your Home…
Our generation has seen advances in technology over the years. From corded phones to wireless, smart phones, dial up internet on a bulky desktop computer to slim computers you can take anywhere, from televisions that took up half of the living room to flat screens that hang on the wall like a picture frame. The world around us never stops producing bigger (or smaller) and better technologies. Smart homes are no exception.
What is Smart Home Automation Technology?
It is any device or system that is connected to a common network and can be controlled and accessed through said network. A “connected home” is one in which the home technology works together in one system, This includes things like smart lighting, thermostats, blinds and shades, sound system, televisions, your security surveillance system, and more all working under a single, easy-to-use system. Often when homeowners are having their smart home system installed they forget that the most important part of a true smart home is having complete control over each device. This is when you will need smart home remotes and controls. Smart home systems are wonderful for several reasons but the best thing about having a smart home is the ability to control your system wherever you are.
Increase the Value of Your Home
When you customize your home, you can increase the value of it. Home technology will add equity while improving your home’s appraisal and increasing the price at which you could sell it. These monetary gains that will come from having a “smarter” home are something you should absolutely consider.
Creating a Safer Home
While having an automated home is fun, it also makes your home safer. Your home might be able to do things like turn off the stove and water while you are away. Or maybe you are choosing a security system– you will have the option to watch your home any day from anywhere. This is sure to bring you peace of mind especially if you have small children in your home or you are providing care to an elderly relative.
Controlling Your System
When choosing remotes and controllers for your smart home system you have many options available to you. You might opt to use your smartphone or tablet over having a separate controller or choose to have a tablet or controller dedicated solely to your home. Either choice will come with its own set of benefits.
Universal remotes remain a popular choice for homeowners and there are several options available but they all serve the same purpose– they allow you to control the features of your smart home. Universal remotes look similar to a television remote but they are capable of doing so much more. These remotes will allow you to control multiple televisions, interior and exterior sound systems. You will be able to control security devices including alarms, locks, and cameras. You will also have control over your thermostat, lights, blinds, and more.
If you are like the rest of us, you have probably spent your fair share time searching for your phone or television remote in your couch cushions or other places around your home. This is why some homeowners prefer wall mounted touch screen panels. Touch screen panels can do as much as a universal remote allowing you to control everything in your home– and you won’t have to worry about losing it. Clients enjoy using touch screen panels as they are easy and fun to use.
Majority of smart home systems are also available as a smartphone application that you can download on your devices. This is the perfect option for those who are on the go and want to be able to see what is going on at home while they are away. Homeowners who have implemented smart home technology usually have an in-home controller like a remote or touchscreen panel but choose to download an app on the smartphone so they can always see what is going on at home. So next time you go out, you will not have to worry about whether or not you unplugged your hair tool, you can adjust your thermostat, and make sure that there is not suspicious activity going on right outside your window.
One of the coolest features of a smart home is the ability to control your home just using your voice. If you connect your automation system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you will be able to control elements within your home using just your voice. Ready for bed? Simply tell your amazon Alexa that it is time for bed and watch as she closes the blinds, turns off the TV, and closes the blinds.
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AVtech Ltd is a residential and light commercial electronics systems contractor that delivers technology and audio/visual solutions to customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
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