Smart Home is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.
From just being able to call and text, smartphones allowed us to connect to the Internet, send e-mail and instant messages, download files, and all number of other things that require connectivity. You can think of a smart home in a similar way. What sets a smart home apart from other homes is that the appliances and devices throughout the house are connected and controlled from a central device.
Most homes do not have these appliances and systems built into them, therefore the most common and affordable approach is for the home owner to retrofit smart products into their own finished home. Most products are available in one of four protocols (the means of communication between themselves) and all of these are compatible with the internet, phone, and cell phones.
Smart Home – Advantages and Disadvantages
- Adding Convenience to your Daily Life
Smart products are programmed to specific needs, and smart devices can be controlled from anywhere at any time.
The consumers decide what is the configuration of smart devices, based on their specific needs. There are many smart products on the market right now and the consumers don’t need to buy all of them at once.
Smart home security systems allow you to view the home no matter where you are. The security system can have cameras, motion detectors, locks, etc., and it will notify the system owner immediately if something is out of the ordinary.
- Ease of Use
Almost all smart home products can be installed without much hassle, many of them don’t even require you to bring someone into your home. Additionally, if you’re already someone who’s tech savvy, learning how to use most of these products is a breeze.
- Save Money and the Environment
Having smart thermostats, air conditioners, and lighting will likely help you save money on your electricity bills. Many of these products allow you to track your energy usage and expenditures.
Consumers can purchase the products one at a time and it won’t seem like too much, $50 here, $300 there, but by the time the consumers have the smart home system completed, they most likely have spent a larger sum of money.
- Slight Learning Curve
For consumers already immersed in technology, converting your smart home will be a breeze, but for consumers not so tech savvy, it may make for a lot of time spent reading manuals.
A smart home will be extremely reliant on the consumers internet connection. If the connection drops, you’ll be left with a lot of smart products that won’t work. Another factor, wireless signals can possibly be interrupted by other electronics in your home and cause some of your smart products to function slowly or not at all.
There are plenty of pros and cons to consider when deciding whether you’d like to convert your home into a smart home. Smart homes aren’t for everyone. They can help bring down your electricity bills, simplify your daily tasks, and help to give you a feeling of security. But for some people smart home products will simply turn into an economic burden. It’s ultimately up to the consumer to decide which category they fall into.
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