Technology and the Home
Remember when the Jetson’s home tech was a thing of the future? Smart technology is now available in all areas of our lives. While many of us, for years, had more technology in our work life than in our home life, smart devices are becoming more pervasive and, at home, smart technology can be part of your home itself and your everyday life.
Controlling Your Environment
Smart thermostats are available at most hardware stores now. These devices allow you to remotely control your temperature from your computer or phone, and learn your home heating or cooling habits over time. Forgot to turn the heat down when you left? No problem, sign on and adjust it down from anywhere. Programmable thermostats have been around for a while, and work well for specific schedules. But what about when your schedule changes and you’re home when the “away” program kicks on? Enter smart thermostats that actually detect your proximity to the home, and adjust the temperature accordingly. If you leave, it turns on the away program. When you are within 7 miles of your home, it kicks the thermostat on to warm or cool your house in preparation for your arrival.
Automated lighting is another smart home feature with real practicality. Smart light switches are used to control lighting through a smart phone, voice command or motion detection. With predictive capabilities, the system can automatically turn lights on based on your habits. For example, lights can be turned on in the bathroom when you enter a hallway. Want to dim the living room lights from the couch? Slide the dimmer down using the app on your tablet or smartphone. Select pre-sets for certain situations – “Welcome Home” to turn on outside and ground floor lights from the driveway, “House Out” to turn all lights out from bed. With the ability to customize programming for switches as well as outlets, the options are endless.
Entry Tech and Security
Smart door locks are both convenient and secure. Using a Bluetooth connection, you can unlock your front door by simply being in proximity to it. Have a friend feeding your pets while you’re away? Give them a guest pass to unlock the door for a preset period of time. Want to know when your teenager got home? Take a look at when they last unlocked the side door by reviewing the logs.
Home security is important, and a smart home can provide peace of mind. Security cameras can be programmed to text a picture when motion is detected in an area. You can even connect to the camera from your PC, table or smart phone and view live video. Want to check if all the outside doors are shut, or alarm your security system? In just a few clicks or taps, you can easily do that. If you live in a rural area, it’s nice to be alerted when someone is coming up the driveway. With either a chime, or live video, you can be informed of visitors before they reach your door yard.
The Future Is Integrated Tech
The future of the smart home is bright, and it’s only just begun. As it evolves, we can expect to see more intelligence and automation built into homes. Home builders will start integrating more smart home features into their designs, and technology experts will be working alongside electricians, finish carpenters and other trades. The smart home will welcome you, and that robot to walk the dog could someday be part of it!