The Benefits of Smart Home Technology

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Nowadays, more and more things are becoming “smart.” We have smartphones, smart speakers, smart lights, smart cameras, smart refrigerators, smart thermostats, and more. But why “smart”? Why not just call it a light or a thermostat? What makes a device smart, and what are the benefits of smart home technology?

In general, a smart device is a device that connects over a network. Some devices have AI and the ability to “learn.” For all smart devices, the goal is to perform a task more easily than the “not smart” versions. As a user, this can provide you with numerous benefits.


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Smart devices are built with convenience in mind. Automation helps optimize convenience. You can program your smart lights to turn on and gradually increase to full brightness, which can simulate sunrise during the winter and make it easier to get up. Then, when you go to the kitchen, the lights automatically turn on when motion detectors recognize you’ve entered. You find your morning coffee already waiting for you since you programmed your smart coffee maker to brew per your schedule. But automation isn’t the only way smart technology benefits you. Much of it is at your fingertips or a voice command away.

Since smart devices can connect to a network, you can integrate them by connecting them to your phone and smart speaker. When you’re in your cozy reading corner and you get a notification from your Ring Video Doorbell, you don’t need to leave. By accessing your video doorbell through your phone, you can see if it’s someone you need to answer the door for.
It’s a package delivery driver. Even though it’s an important delivery, there’s still no need to leave your cozy corner. Using the Ring app, you ask the driver to put the package inside, and you quickly ask your virtual assistant to unlock the smart lock on your front door. After the delivery driver places the package inside, you remotely lock the doors again and get back to finding out how the hero of this book escapes the fortress. Many other devices will connect with your phone and smart speaker, giving you full control of your home no matter where you are.

Save Money and Conserve Energy

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Another of the benefits of smart home technology enables you to save money and conserve energy. Utility bills contribute significantly to a household’s expenses. With smart technology, you can not only make your house more eco-friendly but also decrease your utility bill. One of the biggest money/energy savers is smart thermostats. These learn your schedule to know when you need the heating and cooling and what temperature you like. Should you need to make any adjustments, you can easily do so from your phone. Nest did a study to show how effective the Nest Learning Thermostat is by looking at energy bills from customers. On average, people saved 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling.

Smart lights will further reduce your energy usage and power bill. They last longer and use less energy than other bulbs. They also have features to help you regulate usage. If your kids are always forgetting to turn off the lights and you’re already at work by the time they leave for school, you can remotely turn off the lights with your phone.
Two devices to decrease your water usage and the associated bill are flood detectors and smart sprinkler controllers. With a flood detector, you can get notified of a flood or leak faster so that you can save water and your bill. Sprinkler controllers will use local weather information to adjust your sprinkler schedule automatically. No more accidentally watering your yard right before or during a rainstorm.

The more you look at different smart devices, the more you will see how much smart technology can benefit you. If you would like help designing your perfect smart home system, contact us at 844-904-9473 or request info online.

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