The term ‘smart home devices’ mainly refers to devices connected to a common network that can be independently and remotely controlled. It allows people the ability to control large parts of their home at any time and in some cases allows devices to work together to increase efficiency.
Managing all of your smart home devices in one place.
The ability to keep all the technology in your home connected through one interface is a massive step forward for home management. Theoretically you’ll be able to tap into countless functions and devices throughout your home very easily, adding and taking away devices to meet your needs.
Remotely control home functions.
The ability to control your home from a distance should not be underestimated. On a cold day, you could order your home to heat up just before you get home from work. If you need to get dinner started as soon as possible you can preheat your oven in the supermarket queue. The options go on and on. Research suggests that once a household has three or more devices installed, users are hooked and continuously buy to upgrade.
Energy Efficiency Increase.
You can have more precise control over appliances such as those that heat and cool your home. Programmable smart thermostats learn your schedule and temperature preferences, and then suggest the best energy efficient settings throughout the day. Lights can be programmed to switch to an evening mode as the sun sets, or can turn on and off automatically when you enter or leave the room. In short, things will never be left on in inefficient circumstances.
Here at Equiwatt we go one step further by rewarding you to connect and turn off at certain times. You can find out more here.
Next level security.
With the advancements in camera and sensor technology along with its relative decrease in price, the ability to protect your castle has never been greater! With your phone, you can now monitor movements in and around the home remotely whilst on holiday. This used to be reserved for the super wealthy but is now available from as low as £200.
The smart devices revolution is here to stay and our homes will only continue to benefit from greater advances in technology and applications. The only downside is that your kids will probably know more about it than you. And that will be a generational first!