All About Smart Home Systems


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The Internet allows you to monitor and control almost anything from anywhere, enhancing your lifestyle and making it more efficient. From lighting to security systems, smart home technology is the future of the modern world.

Here’s what you should know about smart home systems:

What are they?

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In a nutshell, a smart home system allows properties to be monitored by integrated appliances. They can be controlled from within or outside of the property, giving them a high level of autonomy and flexibility. The main components in such a system include:

Lighting: 

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Whether it’s turning on, switching off, or dimming lights according to specific conditions (time, presence, etc.)

HVAC: 

for example by adjusting temperature levels by time and space, and enabling better comfort levels.

Security:

such as protecting the property from intruders as well as fire and flood risks.

Entertainment:

such as audio and video throughout your home or garden.

How do they work?

The smart home systems would typically include a wireless gateway that attaches to your router and connects all appliances connected to the network. It offers high-speed communications with low latency for quick response times, and an easy-to-use mobile app for remote access and control. The gateway could also monitor appliances on the network, giving you proactive alerts regarding potential problems or malfunctions so that you can prevent them before they arise. This not only improves efficiencies but also saves you time by reducing possible headaches later down the line.

How do I go about setting up a smart home system?

The first step is to evaluate your needs and shortlist compatible products from trusted providers. Think about how many appliances you want to control remotely, as well as the costs involved in making that happen. Look for a provider who can offer all of the following:

A single mobile app for controlling appliance functions; cloud connectivity; compatibility with both iOS and Android devices; back-up services; secure communications; integration into other platforms (e.g. Amazon Alexa); etc.

Why should I consider getting one?

Smart home systems offer users complete control over their properties whenever they’re away, or at home when it’s impractical to access appliances directly (e.g. while cooking). You can also create scenarios that work around your schedule, making life easier at the flick of a button. For example, you could set up lighting to simulate occupancy when you’re not home (i.e. turn lights off and on automatically), or ask the system to run an errand for you by activating appliances in the right order at the right time.

How much do they cost?

There’s no fixed price on smart home systems as each setup is different depending on factors such as the size of the property, number of appliances required, etc. However, it’s possible to acquire multiple connected devices for under $200 so costs shouldn’t be prohibitively high either way. With some planning and research before committing to any one solution, you’ll be able to get it up and running in no time.

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