Smart homes have been growing in popularity over the past few years, yet many people are still unfamiliar with the benefits of having a Smart Home.
Last year when I was redecorating the house I started with a couple of Zigbee LED lights because they were fun. However that purchase of smart LED lights has now grown into something much bigger and I’ve still a lot of things to improve in my Smart Home.
With the rise of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes offer a wide range of benefits that can provide a more convenience, secure and sustainable living space. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or simply looking for ways to simplify your daily routine, a smart home has something to offer for everyone.
Increase Energy Efficiency & Reducing Costs:
One of the biggest benefits of a smart home is energy efficient. The smart devices can be programmed to automatically adjust lightning, heating or cooling based on your habits and preferences. For example, a smart thermostaat can learn when you’re home and adjust the temperature accordingly. You can program your air conditioner unit to turn on if it’s too hot inside. Also, did you knew that LED light bulb use up to 80% less energy to produce the same amount of light in comparison with a non LED light bulb? So if you keep that in mind, then you’ll understand that this will save you money on your electricity bills!
Another major advantage of a smart home is the convenience it offers. Smart devices allows you to control them via an app or voice assistant, allowing you adjust the brightness and color of your lights, heating and other devices without having to get up from your couch or remotely.
Improved Accessibility, Security & Safety:
Smart devices can also improve your home security. Smart cameras can alert you when someone rings your doorbell or can alert you when there is motion detected. This can be extremely handy for people with limited mobility. With smart locks you can remotely lock and unlock your doors. A smart leak detector can also alert you to any leaks or water damage early on. With a smart fire/smoke detector warn you even when you’re not at home, allowing you to take control and manage the damage as much as possible.
With almost every smart device you can create schedules or create routine automations. From watering your plants every x days to automatically opening your garage door to switching all lights off when you leave the house. Or in case that you have solar panels, turn on your washing machine if you have enough energy created and more. Smart devices can be integrated into a larger smart home system such as Home Assistant. By doing so you can control multiple devices at once and allowing you to create routines that automate certain tasks such as: Turning all the lights, closing the garage door and lowering the heating. I mean we all have been in the situation that we left the heating on while we were away and only realizing this a couple of hours later! 😉 This makes life much easier as you can imagine.
Home Management Made Simple:
Combining all of the above improvements with the ability to track energy usage and schedule important reminders on a single platform, it’s easy to understand why smart homes are so popular. They simply make managing your home much simpler!
Overall, switching to a smart home can provide a range of benefits. We touched on some of the benefits but don’t forget: The benefits can be as specific and according to your need and wishes as possible.
While smart home offers a lot of benefits, it also has some potential down sides. For example they are constantly connected to the internet and this might be a risk if you don’t care about this. Also there might be some down sides why smart home wouldn’t be a good option for you. In my next blog post I’ll cover this specific topic.
Image by Gerd Altmann.