8 Defining Features of a Smart Home

A home with a brain, limited only by your imagination. In one touch, the movie of your choice starts, the shades close, surround sound kicks in at the perfect volume. You can program a hot bath to begin on the way home from work. Can’t remember if you left the stove on or the garage door open? Just check on your phone. Smart homes are no longer just depicted in films or restricted to the properties of billionaire Bill Gates. It’s becoming more mainstream for homeowners in all states- Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia– to “smartify” their homes, resulting in more customizable options, greater comfort, increased efficiency, and quick, seamless technological responses to human interaction. Here are just some defining features of a smart home, even though the possibilities are truly endless.

  1. Interconnected Personal Computing

    A staple defining feature of a smart home is a completely networked home. Anything that can be controlled with buttons or clicks is capable of being accessed anywhere in the home and even controlled remotely. Imagine every appliance in your home interlinked with personalized settings. The curtains automatically close at 7:30 p.m. while lights dim to the perfect setting; you can start your day or end your day with a push of a single button.

  2. Personalized Home Automation

    Much like interconnected personal computing, which allows devices and appliances to be accessed and controlled, home automation processes integrates all these devices so they can be centrally managed in one place. With so many technology formats — Blu-ray, Bluetooth, MP3, 3d, HD, and whatever the next best thing is — technology may be getting more cluttered and less organized. Intelligent home control allows the user to connect all devices, appliances, lighting systems, entertainment consoles, and even security systems to interact and communicate with us. Monitoring and managing energy consumption for optimum efficiency, controlling specific environmental conditions, and delivering updates and important information to us are just some features of home automation.

  3. Total Programmable Entertainment Systems

    Much like the smart home mansion of Bill Gates, interconnected entertainment systems are a staple element in smart home technology. The user is able to customize music, movies, TV shows, resolutions, and communicative systems using one centralized remote or using voice command. The technology may also be habitually based, or according to personal taste over time. Access a comprehensive library of movies, music, and shows from any computerized device or TV screen. Music programmed automatically to come on during half-time makes for the ultimate man cave. A whole-home audio system with in-wall speakers allows for the possibility of multi-zone systems, which allow different members of your family to listen to different audio or choose an entertainment mode of their choice.

  4. Integrated Telecommunication Systems

    Telecommunication shouldn’t be limited to just cell phone use. In a smart home, imagine being able to transfer calls throughout the house. When someone calls you, only the nearest phone to you rings. If you’ve got a videophone, the nearest LCD display is activated. There are also personable features including hold, mute, intercom, and conference calling options displayed as visual messages.

  5. Security Services

    Heightened levels of security may be easily managed and accessed through intercom systems and surveillance cameras available on any TV or touchscreen in the house. You are also able to set automatic email or phone alerts when the garage is left open, the stove is left on for extended times, or a window or door unexpectedly opens. Your smart home actually acts like a fortified, intelligent monitoring system.

  6. Eco-friendly, Smart Appliances

    All the electronics in our home have a significant impact on energy consumption, so eco-friendly smart appliances promise huge cost savings in energy use. What’s more important is that they come smart-grid ready, and also have the ability to operate during times of low electricity usage or outage.

  7. High-tech Thermostats

    Climate control that adjusts based on your own lifestyle, schedule, and habits come standard with these high-tech thermostats. With the advent of cloud computing, data can be stored so that the entire climate system may be adjusted and scheduled remotely. In some cases, users may save on average $100 per month by setting back automatically the temperature when people were asleep or away from home. You can also download an app for iOS and Android devices to determine when you are out of the house, so that the system knows when you’re headed back home to modify temperatures in anticipation of your arrival.

  8. Smart Architecture

    From the ground up, smart homes may be designed primarily for interconnectivity, greater energy efficiency, and controlled use throughout the home. Insular sliding walls and responsive rooms that may automatically change settings according to event or different functions are great advances that need to be embraced in the future. Solar panel technology on roofs, heat sensitive floors, and electric charging stations for smart cars are other elements of this “smart architecture.”

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