If a few years ago someone had told you that you could soon manage your own house from your phone, you would have not believed it. Nevertheless, right now it would be almost unbelievable, if not ridiculous, to buy any device or home appliance just to find out that it does not come with a dedicated app for your smartphone.
From home security systems to smart devices, IoT (Internet of Things) has definitely changed our way to live and to protect our homes. Some may say that things used to be easier in the past, but the majority of users could not do without their smart assistance.
Smart home systems can be integrated wish doorbells, security cameras, smoke alarms and even lighting. But is smart home automation going to change our houses, as well as our life? Let’s find out.
What makes smart home automation accessible?
Imagine you are cooking dinner and following the recipe for the perfect carbonara when you realise that you don’t know how many eggs you should use. You can either use your phone or your laptop to check on Google for the advice of some of the best Italian chefs… or you can ask Alexa or Google to do it for you.
Or imagine that you are driving home after a long day at work. It’s a hot summer day, and the last thing you want to do is to get home and find your living room boiling. At this point, you may prepare yourself psychologically to sweat until you turn your air conditioner on. Otherwise, you can ask your smart home assistant to do that.
These two simple examples should be enough to explain what makes smart home automation so useful, and consequently so popular. These systems can make our lives easier, more comfortable and make us feel pampered by the power of technology.
Can smart home automation make my home safer?
The simple answer is: yes. Although you will find yourself using your home assistance prevalently to turn the music or the heater on, you must not forget that these hubs give you full control over your house.
In other words, they can my used as professionally monitored systems, that protect your house from thieves, intruders and even from the elements. For instance, when the smoke alarm is triggered, your smart system may automatically call one of your listed phone numbers. If this fail to respond, the device will dispatch an emergency responder to your home.
CCTV security cameras
You may wish to enhance the security level offered by your smart home systems by adding one or more security cameras. They can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so that you can see what’s going on from your phone or tablet when you are anywhere else.
Some of these cameras even have built-in sensors that can detect motions and sound. They will send you push or email notifications when the sensors are triggered, and also directly connect you to the police if necessary.
Having access to your CCTV cameras from your smartphone can finally solve some of the issues often related to other home security systems, such as false alarms due to pet activity or other factors that may trigger the motion sensors when not necessary.
Another feature offered by smart home security systems are video doorbells. Just like a peephole, they let you see who is at your door without having to open it first. However, when connected to your smartphone or tablet, they let you know who is knocking at your door even when you are not at home.
Some of these systems are even able to record video when the doorbell is pressed, or any motion is detected. They may even offer two-way audio communication so that you can speak with your visitor directly from your phone.
Smart locks are very easy to install since they use standard pre-drilled holes that you may already have on your doors. They are opened and closed using a mobile app. Some of them can even send you a notification when someone locks or unlocks the doors, and give you the possibility to create scheduled access to certain areas or rooms of your house.