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Our homes are becoming smarter

2022-01-04 · Ariyana Dina 3 min read



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We’ve all heard of the smartphone, but have you heard about a smart home? As technology continues to advance, our homes are becoming smarter. A smart home can be defined as a house that has multiple devices that automate tasks. This would include the security system, automatic light switches, automatic room temperature adjustments, automatic music and more! The system gathers information from all of your smart devices and allows you to control all of your devices together. This automates tasks you would normally do yourself through the usage of a remote, wall-mounted unit, a phone app or voice commands. Now that you know about smart homes, we’ll help you decide if it’s right for you! This blog post will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of smart houses! 

Benefits:

Smart homes can come with self-learning skills, which means they can learn about the homeowner’s schedules and make the correct adjustments to ensure energy and electricity are not being wasted. This benefits the homeowner with saving on energy-related costs in their home, as you can control everything even when you’re not home. Additionally, some of the automation systems can be connected to the home’s security systems, so if any motion is detected while the homeowner is away, this will alert authorities. These measures implemented by the smart home are great for safety and security. While they can detect motion, smart houses can also detect carbon monoxide emission and smoke. This is super helpful in comparison to the traditional smoke detectors we all have in our homes, as these new detectors will send alerts to your phone when you’re not home!

Smart home automations are also making home maintenance easier for homeowners. Certain smart home devices can alert you on water leaks, plumbing issues and even if a lightbulb has gone out! Smart homes are currently high in demand, and they can increase the market value of your home by 25%. This also makes your home easier to sell as they command higher demand. 

Drawbacks:

Although the resale value of a smart home can be higher than the average house and they can help you cut down on monthly costs, devices can be expensive to install. Smart home technology programs range in prices and cost up to tens of thousands dollars to install. Moreover, having a smart home constantly requires a reliable internet connection. Everything in your home will run on the internet so it is important that you set up your internet with a dependable company and implement a backup plan in case the power goes out.  Lastly, like with anything that uses the internet, security can be an issue. To avoid being hacked or having your security compromised, try using antivirus software and ensure it is current and updated.

Overall, smart homes are part of the future. It may be a good idea to test out if you like home automation systems by trying out something simple, like smart-home security cameras,  smart speakers or even a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector! The technology will only continue to advance and investing in home automation may be the right choice for you to maximize the value of your home!

Yours truly,
HonestDoor
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