A smart home is an electronic device, which is connected to a central computer control system. This provides homeowners with security, comfort, convenience and energy efficiency by allowing them to control security systems, heating, and other appliances by a single app on their smartphone or another networked device.
Most homes already have a certain amount of smartness because many applications already contain built-in sensors or electronic controllers. All modern washing machines have programs that make them follow a distinct series of washes, rinses, and spins depending on how you first set their dials.
Most homes also have a gas-powered central heating system with a thermostat on the wall that switches it on and off according to the room temperature or an electronic programmer that activates it at certain times of the day.
The SMART HOME concept takes things a step further by introducing centralized control. There’s a computer system that does what you usually would do yourself: it continually monitors the state of the home and switches appliances on and off accordingly. So, for example, it monitors light levels coming through the windows and automatically raises and lower blinds or switches lights on at dusk. It can also detect movement and responds appropriately, for example, by turning on lights in different rooms as you walk between them.
Some household system monitors can also sense an electric surge and switch off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn't a flood in your basement.
Smart home solutions are designed to offer you many combinations such as:
Home CCTV And Security
With smart security cameras, you can use your smartphone to monitor your home from anywhere in the world. Smart motion sensors are also able to detect movement and identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behaviour is detected. The latest access control systems even allow you to see who’s at your door or gate with a video link to your smartphone.
Heating And Air Conditioning
Smart thermostats come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners' behaviours and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency.
What’s more, you’ll never have to worry about wasting energy when you’re away, which means you can set the perfect temperature for your arrival when you’re on your way back from being out.
Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust brightness as needed. Smart lightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
Blinds and Curtains
Smart blinds and curtains can open and close depending on the time of day and the temperature. This can prevent your house from overheating in summer, while In the winter, your blinds and curtains can open when the sun comes up and close automatically at dusk. Smart blinds and curtains can also help you keep your house safer when you are away.
Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
There are plenty of SMART kitchen appliances on the market, including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off and smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand.